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Nakilat upgrade satellite communications system

Nakilat Tembek
Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas sector, has enhanced seaborne connectivity and the welfare of crew on board eight of its vessels via a contract with Global Eagle Entertainment.

Global Eagle Entertainment’s Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) arm is supplying global Ku-band VSAT connectivity and content via a suite of internet, data and voice services, ensuring continuous connectivity for Nakilat’s ships sailing global routes.

The onboard satellite communication includes a voice-over-IP system for the corporate network, lowering the costs of voice calls over the satellites. Always-on internet connectivity also enables crew to communicate with family and friends at home.

“As an owner of one of the largest LNG fleets in the world, staying connected while at sea is essential for Nakilat’s global operations,” the Qatari shipowner's administration director Rashid Hamad Al-Marri said.

“By utilising EMC’s VSAT technology, we are able to ensure real-time information is accessible and that our personnel can stay in touch with their families during the vessel’s voyage while at the same time, realize cost savings for the company.”

Gilles Gillesen, president of EMC’s commercial shipping business unit, described Nakilat’s LNG and LPG carriers as highly sophisticated and specialized ships which required “the highest levels of dependable connectivity for ships’ business and crew welfare”.

“Our seamless global coverage and network infrastructure, coupled with our suite of patented technologies, provides an unmatched value proposition enabling customers like Nakilat to bring the benefits of modern voice, internet and high-speed data to their ships at sea,” Gillesen said.