Hong Kong-based ship manager Anglo-Eastern said it has rolled out SpaceX’s Starlink broadband internet service on a first dozen ships, with more than 200 planned installations within the year.
The Anglo-Eastern Group is a leading ship management company with over 600 ships under management and a workforce of more than 27,000 seafarers worldwide.
“This week marks the first formal installation of #StarlinkMaritime in our fleet. It’s part of an initial order that includes a dozen ships of various ship types and trade patterns so it can be tested before rollout. More than 200 installations are expected by the end of the year alone,” the company said in a tweet.
The first Starlink installations come after a soft start on “multiple ships” last year.
“We quietly started our journey a year ago when Starlink first announced their (Recreational Vehicle) service. After installing it on several ships, we knew immediately it was a game changer,” said Anglo-Eastern CIO Torbjorn Dimblad. “Overnight, these ships became as connected as any office or home, giving crew unprecedented access to friends and family while enabling a whole new level of ship-shore collaboration.”
According to Dimblad, since 2020 the company has commissioned over 600 data centers and replaced 5,000 workstations across its fleet.
“The underlying infrastructure is now in place to take advantage of the accelerated connectivity,” Dimblad said.
Anglo-Eastern said the addition of Starlink will add “terabytes” of low-latency network capacity at a competitive price.
“First, all that extra bandwidth will be used to do what we’re doing today, just more of it and faster,” said CEO Bjorn Hojgaard.
With Starlink, seafarers have the same level of connectivity aboard ships they expect ashore, with access to movies, television and video calling not only with family and friends but also with support teams ashore.
“The possibilities are endless and I believe this will help make our industry safer and more attractive for present and future generations,” said Hojgaard.
“There is a lot to learn as we scale up, not just in terms of technology and service, but more importantly what opportunities this brings to broader safe operations of our vessels,” added Hojgaard.