Thaicom Public Company Limited, a leading Asian satellite operator and provider of integrated satellite communications solutions, and its distributor Ship Expert Technology Company Limited, have signed an agreement with SC Group, a leading Asian provider of integrated logistics, to collaborate on the joint development of a maritime communication network service. SC Group’s fleet of more than 30 offshore support vessels will be equipped with the new Nava service to enhance fleet operations and optimize operational efficiency.
Anant Kaewruamvongs, CEO of Thaicom, commented: “The Asia Pacific region is home to one of the fastest growing maritime markets in the world. We look forward to providing SC Group with a cost-effective maritime network service on the Thaicom Nava maritime service platform. The service will support SC Group owned vessels with a truly world-class, integrated fleet management solution. The maritime communication network service will be integrated with our recently launched Nava™ Connect fleet management solution.”
The fleet management solution will be powered by the Thaicom Nava FTTS™ (Fibre-to-the-Ship) platform which is able to support very high data rates and provide constantly high bandwidth for operational efficiency with wide area satellite coverage across Asia Pacific. Nava FTTS also helps crew keep connected and incorporates an L-band backup solution.
“Connectivity is the key enabler of smart shipping and the digital transformation in the maritime sector”, said Mr. Surachai Nimnual, Executive Vice President, Marine, SC Group. “Asia’s maritime industry is adopting digital technology at a fast pace. The Thaicom Nava service and integrated fleet management solution on board our ships will help us to remain competitive and improve the efficiency of our offshore support business. The integrated fleet management solution will also support crew welfare and enable crew to use online services or call their families at home by using their own mobile devices at sea.”
Miss Suttathip Hemthanon CEO of Ship Expert Technology Company Limited, said: “We are proud to partner with Thaicom. Our in-depth understanding of the maritime industry and fleet operations will help accelerate the commercial rollout of Nava and serve the fast growing maritime market in Asia.”
Nava is Thaicom’s new maritime broadband service platform for ship and offshore operators in Asia. With the launch of the service earlier this year, Thaicom is expanding its broadband service platform to support the maritime industry’s digital transformation. Nava helps the maritime industry to meet the increasing data demand at sea, enables efficient vessel operations, and connects crew and passengers to high-speed internet anywhere and anytime.