PIL installs satellite communication for entire fleet
SINGAPORE's Pacific International Lines (PIL) is installing satellite communication (VSAT) on its entire fleet of 100 vessels, with Singtel providing communications and cybersecurity solutions for 33 vessels, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
The improvements are part of PIL's digitization efforts to improve productivity on its vessels to enhance the well-being of its seafarers.
With a robust internet connection while at sea, PIL's ship crew can stay well connected with family members while on voyages.
"As a progressive company, PIL is constantly looking for ways to achieve business excellence and optimise operational efficiency. With a fleet of around 100 vessels and over 4,000 seafarers, we recognise the benefits which digitisation brings," said PIL general manager Goh Chung Hun.
"With the reliable VSAT service, we are able to further digitise 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," said Mr Goh.
"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." said Mr Goh.
Said Singtel vice president Ooi Seng Keat: "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."