-Broadband service prepares vessels to meet growing data requirements-
BETHESDA, MD, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Stratos Global, the leading global
provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications
solutions, today announced it has been selected by Reederei Claus-Peter
Offen (CP Offen) to provide Inmarsat FleetBroadband airtime services
for its entire fleet of 122 commercial vessels.
CP Offen, based in Hamburg, is one of the world's largest suppliers of
modern commercial ships, including 122 container vessels, tankers and
bulkers. CP Offen vessels are chartered by all of the world's largest
By ensuring reliable broadband connectivity at sea, FleetBroadband from
Stratos will help CP Offen vessels achieve optimal performance,
improved business operations and increased crew productivity.
On the CP Offen fleet, Stratos is fully integrating FleetBroadband with
AmosConnect - its sophisticated maritime communications application -
to improve management of all interoffice communications. The integrated
Stratos offering also improves crew welfare by deploying AmosConnect
with Stratos ChatCards. The crew-communications solution enables
personnel at sea to stay in contact with home via calling and private
email at affordable, flat global rates. The solution's high
functionality helps retain qualified seafarers by providing an easily
manageable, separate account for each crewmember.
"Moving to FleetBroadband from Stratos ensures our vessels can benefit
from the most advanced business and crew applications, while meeting
the growing demand for bandwidth, in a highly cost-effective manner,"
said Ascan Roosen, Head of CP Offen's IT Department. "Stratos is
providing excellent service and is acting as a true partner in this
important technology conversion."
Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "We are grateful for the
opportunity to provide CP Offen with our reliable FleetBroadband
airtime services and maritime applications expertise. Our proven
solutions will help these vessels meet all of the communications
requirements of today's most demanding shipmanagers."
Stratos' more than 9,000 FleetBroadband activations encompasses all
geographic regions and vessel types, from customers including Wallem
Shipmanagement, Albacora Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, Varun
Shipping Co., MISC Berhad, MPC Steamship and the Royal Netherlands
Stratos deployments of FleetBroadband for many of the world's largest
shipping companies include The Stratos Advantage services to ensure the
highest FleetBroadband performance, security and cost control. They are
The online Stratos Dashboard, for cost and traffic control, firewall
management and many other benefits.
AmosConnect, Stratos' sophisticated communications application, to
manage all interoffice communications.
Stratos' new AmosConnect Crew CommCenter that enables seafarers to stay
in contact with home via calling, private email and SMS at affordable,
flat global rates - while enjoying true onboard Internet café features,
such as prepaid chatting, prepaid web browsing and access to global and
local news services.
Stratos ChatCards for crew calling, which contribute to crew
satisfaction by providing easy billing and ordering.
FleetBroadband from Stratos also provides an optimal data connection for
many other onboard applications, including planned maintenance systems,
purchase systems and remote management - which allows headquarters
personnel to manage the ship's computers without visiting the vessel.
Stratos customers also use FleetBroadband for engine-performance
analysis and emissions monitoring, to help reduce fuel costs and comply
with emissions regulations.
About FleetBroadband from Stratos
FleetBroadband from Stratos provides cost-effective, high-speed data and
voice communications - available simultaneously - at speeds up to
432kbps. FleetBroadband from Stratos also provides on-demand guaranteed
IP data rates, regardless of the vessel's location.
FleetBroadband also helps Stratos continue to provide ship managers with
innovative crew-communications solutions, to support the recruitment
and retention of well-trained seafarers.
Communications managers have discovered that FleetBroadband from Stratos
can be rapidly deployed across an entire fleet and, as a standard IP
service, seamlessly integrated with head-office networks. Terminals
operate globally and the user interface is standard across all
products. FleetBroadband from Stratos supports any IP service, as well
as traditional circuit-switched voice and ISDN data for legacy
applications. Terminal costs are relatively low and the network
supports all the latest security protocols.
Stratos offers a wide range of value-added services to provide ship
managers with optimal communications performance, management control
and cost efficiency. Stratos is the largest supplier of mobile
satellite services to the maritime industry, with communications to
more than 40,000 maritime terminals worldwide. In addition to
FleetBroadband, Stratos' industry-leading portfolio of maritime
broadband satellite services includes Iridium OpenPort, maritime VSAT
services and Inmarsat XpressLink - which combines FleetBroadband with
VSAT to provide a highly flexible migration path toward Inmarsat's
Global Xpress services.
In addition to offering The Stratos Advantage services, Stratos works
with application partners to deliver broadband business solutions in
key maritime business areas. These solutions include voyage management,
remote management, IT management and cargo management, which help
reduce fuel and operations costs and improve crew and customer
satisfaction. Those seeking more information on FleetBroadband from
Stratos can contact their Stratos account manager or visit www.thepowerofmobilebroadband.com.
About Reederei Claus-Peter Offen
Reederei Claus-Peter Offen, founded in 1971, is based in Hamburg and is
one of the world's largest suppliers of modern container ship tonnage.
The Company has 122 container vessels, tankers and bulkers in service
or currently under construction - most of which are chartered under
long-term contract to leading shipping lines. The vessels are employed
in worldwide service. The Company employs approximately 4,000 persons.
For more information, please visit www.offenship.de.
Stratos is the world's trusted leader for vital communications. Stratos
offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote
communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and
microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and
industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications
performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government,
military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime,
aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and
across the world's oceans. Stratos is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Inmarsat plc. For more information, visit www.stratosglobal.com.
SOURCE Stratos Global Corporation
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