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PACIFIC International Lines is installing satellite communication, or VSAT, on its entire fleet of about 100 vessels.

PIL said such efforts were aimed at improving productivity on its vessels and to enhance the well-being of seafarers.

PIL general manager fleet division Goh Chung Hun said as a progressive company, PIL is constantly looking for ways to optimise operational efficiency.

“With a fleet of around 100 vessels and over 4000 seafarers, we recognise the benefits which digitalisation brings,” he said.

“With the reliable VSAT service, we are able to further digitalise our ship management practices, such as implementing predictive maintenance of machineries on board our ships. This is done through transmission of data from ship to shore for real-time data analysis to monitor machinery performance, predict failures and recommend maintenance windows.

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“In addition, the welfare of our seafarers is of utmost importance to us, and having robust internet connection onboard our vessels allows our crew members to stay connected with their family members while they are at sea. We believe this contributes greatly towards the well-being of our seafarers,”

Telecommunications technology provider Singtel is providing the communication capability for PIL. The company’s VSAT bundled system, comprising several components, is to provide global coverage for PIL’s vessels.

Mr Ooi Seng Keat, vice president, carrier services, OTT and satellites, group enterprise at Singtel said, “The maritime industry has been impacted by the pandemic and during this time, we have seen the demand for quality and consistent maritime communication skyrocket. With our expertise in communications and technology, we are excited to be working with Pacific International Lines to modernise their VSAT communication infrastructure and be able to help seafarers keep connected through essential crew WiFi and internet communications that is crucial for open-sea communications.”

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