Maersk is embarking on a collaboration with Starlink, the pioneering satellite internet constellation developed by SpaceX.
Starlink will be installed on Maersk's more than 330 own operated container vessels, offering high-speed internet with speeds exceeding 200 Mbps. This is a huge improvement in terms of internet speed and latency and is expected to provide major benefits in terms of both crew welfare and business impact.
The deal follows a successful trial phase in which crew members on more than 30 Maersk ships tested the Starlink technology, with positive feedback.
"We are excited to announce our journey with Starlink to provide state-of-the-art connectivity to our sea-going colleagues. The highspeed connectivity will enable our seagoing colleagues to stay connected with their loved ones while at sea. It will also propel the expansion of seamless cloud solutions, enabling our vision to digitalise our vessel operations," stated Leonardo Sonzio, head of fleet management and Technology at A.P. Moller-Maersk.
Aside from the obvious benefits of high-speed internet, such as seamless streaming and high-definition video calls for crew members, high-speed, low-latency internet will also enable cost-cutting measures by moving business-critical applications to the cloud and strengthening remote support and inspections of the vessels.
"A.P. Moller - Maersk's vessels are key to global trade, and Starlink's high-speed broadband through the world's most advanced satellite internet constellation will help boost efficiency through seamless connectivity no matter where in the world they are," noted Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX's vice president of Starlink Commercial Sales.