Carnival Corporation and Seaspan equip entire fleets with Starlink

Carnival Corporation and Seaspan equip entire fleets with Starlink
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Carnival Corporation, the world’s leading cruise line, announced the successful installation of SpaceX’s Starlink high-speed service across its entire cruise ship fleet.

The ’s fleet of more than 90 vessels now benefits from improved service, greater capacity and improved Wi-Fi reliability. This initiative began with Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises in December 2022 and later expanded to include all Carnival Corporation brands.

Josh Weinstein, CEO of Carnival Corporation, said Starlink has revolutionized the onboard connectivity experience for guests and crew.

“We see this technology as a win-win: it gives our guests more flexibility to stay as connected as they would like on vacation, it allows our crew to stay in touch with friends and loved ones, and it enhances our onboard operational systems,” Weinstein said.

In a similar development, container lessor Seaspan Corporation also recently completed the installation of Starlink across its entire fleet, positioning Seaspan as one of the first large container ship owner-operators to integrate fully utilize Starlink’s high-bandwidth, low-latency service in its operations.

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As of March 31, 2024, Seaspan’s operational fleet consisted of 165 vessels, with an additional 23 vessels under construction, expected to be delivered by December 2024.

“Improved connectivity onboard our ships will result in increased efficiency, safety and well-being of seafarers across our fleet,” said Torsten Holst Pedersen, Seaspan’s chief operating officer.

The decision by both companies to equip their fleets with Starlink reflects the digital transformation underway in the maritime industry, with shipping companies increasingly turning to technology to meet their operational needs.

“In today’s digital age, where demands for data transfer continue to skyrocket to leverage AI and other innovative technologies, it was crucial to establish strong communications capabilities at broadband across our entire fleet,” said Garret Wong, vice president of information technology at Seaspan. “With the implementation of Starlink on all our vessels, we are now well positioned to take advantage of the latest cutting-edge technologies emerging in the maritime industry. »

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