By Emily Greenhalgh
PBN Web Editor
MIDDLETOWN – Tokyo-based Nippon Yusen Kaisha has selecting KVH Industries Inc.’s TracPhone V7 to its containerships.
The KVH system will be placed on more than 100 of NYK’s fleet vessels, including its containerships, Pure Car Truck Carriers, dry bulk carriers, crude oil tankers and LNG tankers.
KVH’s system will be equipped with broadband service to aid in sharing information between ship and shore for NYK’s Innovative Bunker and Idle-time Saving project.
“NYK is an industry leader that is constantly innovating and improving its shipping and logistics operations with the aim of optimizing safety, economy, and protection of the environment,” Brent C. Bruun, KVH’s senior vice president of global sales and business development said in prepared remarks.
“Their industry-leading IBIS project, which helps improve the operation of their ships and reduce CO2emissions, requires delivering real-time weather and sea current forecasts to the ship and automatically sending ship operation data back to shore for ongoing analysis,” added Bruun. “The improved connectivity provided by our mini-VSAT Broadband service will allow for greater information sharing and collaboration between NYK employees on vessels and shore, increasing both safety and efficiency.”
Bruun added that the KVH system also provides “affordable communications for crew members to communicate with their families or use the Internet.”
According to a KVH release, the company’s mini-VSAT Broadband is the world’s fastest growing and most popular maritime VSAT solution, with over 2,000 onboard terminals sold.
“The market for mini-VSAT Broadband is expanding rapidly in the Asia-Pacific region as leading companies like NYK realize the benefits of onboard broadband,” said Bruun. “We expect that many major commercial fleets will follow this example, and look forward to working with our local partners to provide outstanding customer support for key solutions such as NYK’s IBIS project.”