05 December 2023
Maersk has decided to install Starlink Internet, the pioneering satellite constellation developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, on its fleet.
- Starlink Internet is a high-speed satellite connectivity and will be deployed to Maersk’s owned fleet of 330+ container vessels
- Roll-out is expected to be complete in Q1 2024
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A.P. Moller – Maersk, the global leader of integrated container logistics, is embarking on a collaboration with Starlink internet, the pioneering satellite constellation developed by SpaceX.
Maersk’s more than 330 own-operated container vessels will have Starlink internet installed, enabling high-speed internet with speeds over 200 Mbps. The service is a leap forward in terms of internet speed and latency which will bring significant benefits in terms of both crew welfare and business impact.
The agreement comes after a successful pilot phase where crew members on more than 30 Maersk vessels have had the opportunity to test the Starlink technology – resulting in very positive feedback.
We are excited to announce our journey with Starlink to provide state of the art connectivity to our sea going colleagues. The highspeed connectivity will enable our seagoing colleagues to stay connected with their loved ones while at sea. It will also propel the expansion of seamless cloud solutions, enabling our vision to digitalise our vessel operations.Leonardo Sonzio, Head of Fleet Management and Technology, A.P. Moller – Maersk
Besides obvious benefits from highspeed internet resulting in seamless streaming and high-definition video calls for crew members, high-speed, low latency internet will also facilitate cost-saving measures by moving business-critical applications into the cloud and by strengthening remote support and inspections of the vessels.
Starlink internet has been changing the game to provide reliable and high-speed connection across the globe with its state-of-the-art satellite network. Its vision is to create a globally connected world where opportunities are not limited by geography – making it a great fit to solve the challenges of staying connected on the high seas of the world.
A.P. Moller – Maersk’s vessels are key to global trade, and Starlink’s high-speed broadband through the world’s most advance satellite internet constellation will help boost efficiency through seamless connectivity no matter where in the world they are.Jonathan Hofeller, Vice President of Starlink Commercial Sales, SpaceX
What is Starlink Internet?
Starlink Maritime is the world’s first and largest satellite constellation using a low Earth orbit (LOE) to deliver broadband internet capable of supporting streaming, online gaming, video calls, and more. Starlink delivers high-speed, low-latency internet to users all over the world.
Most satellite internet services come from single geostationary satellites that orbit the planet at 35,786 km. As a result, the round trip data time between the user and satellite—also known as latency—is high, making it nearly impossible to support streaming, online gaming, video calls, or other high data rate activities.
Because Starlink Maritime satellites are in a low orbit, latency is significantly lower—around 20 ms vs 600+ ms.
Leaders in innovation, the ship management arm of the Columbia Group, Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM), is conducting a trial of the new Starlink satellite internet service on a number of vessels.
The Starlink service, provided by a constellation of low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites operated by SpaceX, is designed to deliver reliable and high-speed internet connectivity to ships and vessels across all sectors of the maritime industry.