MITSUI O.S.K. Lines has entered an agreement with Marlink to trial a satellite communications service on MOL ships.

The service, Starlink, is enabled by US-based spacecraft manufacturer Space Exploration Technologies and offered to maritime businesses by Marlink.

MOL said Starlink has a constellation of satellites in low earth orbit to enable lower latency and higher capacity communications than traditional satellites.

The shipping line expects the service to enhance operational safety through various technological methods of ship-to-shoreshore communications.

It also believes the service will provide seafarers with high-speed connectivity, improving the quality of life on board.

MOL managing executive officer Ryusuke Kimura said MOL is pleased to work with Marlink to bring next-generation maritime communications to its fleet.

“The ability to improve our business processes and the welfare of our crews, with a partner like Marlink enables us to focus on our core activities and provide the best possible service to our customers.”

Tore Morten Olsen, president, maritime at Marlink, said the company looks forward to working with its colleagues in Japan to demonstrate the power of the hybrid network.

“This pilot will demonstrate the unique user experience of high speed, low latency connectivity working alongside our highly reliable GEO VSAT services, enabling shipowners to drive operational efficiency and enhance crew welfare,” he said.