TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Marlink AS (Marlink; President: Tore Morten Olsen) to start trial use of the satellite communication service Starlink, offered by Space Exploration Technologies Corp.(SpaceX), on MOL-operated ships.
Starlink’s constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) enables much lower latency and higher-capacity communications than traditional satellites, and Marlink offers services for maritime applications with established satellite communication and Starlink.
This could enhance operating safety through various technological methods of ship-shore communications and dramatically improve onboard life for seafarers with high-speed communication. MOL expedites to verify the effectiveness and operability of this new offshore communication technology and in parallel develops innovative work process for leading the better maritime future.
MOL will further promote the digital transformation of the maritime industry by utilizing low latency and high-capacity satellite communication services at sea, where the communication environment lags far behind by now than on land.
MOL Group will contribute to realizing a sustainable society by promoting responses to sustainability issues identified as social issues that must be addressed as priorities through its business.
We anticipate this initiative to contribute especially to the realization of “Safety & Value -Provide added value through safe transportation and our social infrastructure business-“, “Human & Community -Contributing to the growth and development of people and communities-” and “Innovation -Innovation for development in marine technology-“.