Tue. Sep 26th, 2023
Norway’s Klaveness Combination Carriers Explores Improved Vessel Internet Connectivity with Starlink Pilot

Norwegian company Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC) is undertaking a pilot program with Elon Musk’s Starlink system to explore the potential of improved vessel internet connectivity. The company has signed a deal with network provider Marlink to utilize the low-earth orbit satellite service.

The aim of the pilot is to enhance digital collaboration and data exchange between the ship and shore, as KCC works towards its targets for crew safety and welfare, as well as carbon emission reductions. While shipping has made progress in ship technology and navigation, maintaining reliable connectivity with onshore offices remains a challenge.

Starlink, known for its high-speed, low-latency, and high-capacity internet access, is believed to provide a solution even in remote maritime locations. KCC CEO Engebret Dahm expressed his optimism about Starlink’s potential, stating that it could revolutionize the internet services available to their vessels, contributing to crew well-being, operational efficiency, and reduced carbon footprint.

KCC has installed Starlink on two of its vessels, the Cleanbu and the Baru, and is currently outfitting the Cabu vessel. The partnership with Marlink not only enables better collaboration with shore offices, but also supports KCC’s remote inspection initiatives and enhances their capabilities in real-time sensor data, analytics, and digitalisation.

In addition to the maritime sector, Starlink has recently faced scrutiny in the United States. The US Senate Armed Services Committee is investigating national security concerns raised by Elon Musk’s decision not to extend the Starlink satellite network to aid a Ukrainian attack on Russian warships near the Crimean coast. The committee expressed its engagement with the issue and highlighted the potential national security liabilities associated with Starlink.

Overall, KCC’s pilot program with Starlink aims to unlock the benefits of improved vessel internet connectivity, emphasizing the importance of digitalization in the maritime industry for enhanced safety, efficiency, and sustainability.