Satellite player SpeedCast says it has opened a new maritime facility in Singapore as part of its global expansion.
The new facility is to focus on the delivery of services and support for the maritime market and will augment the company’s extensive network in the region, said SpeedCast in a statement.
SpeedCast provides a variety of services to maritime customers, including a VSAT service branded SeaCast that will support broadband connections on ships and also facilitate the use of remote M2M sensing.
The company described the opening of the Singapore facility as a next step in the strategic investments it is making to address the needs of maritime customers.
The facility includes warehousing, staging and testing capabilities, and will employ additional staff in Singapore.
Its opening comes shortly after SpeedCast unveiled a new facility in Perth, Australia.
“Because Singapore is a major shipping hub and headquarters for numerous shipping and fleet management companies, it was natural for us to increase our presence here,” said Andre Eerland, SpeedCast’s vice president for maritime sales. “This complements our large Hong Kong and Rotterdam bases, and our smaller sales and support centers around the world, and enhances our ability to serve customers throughout the region.”
Pierre-Jean Beylier, SpeedCast’s chief executive, added that the opening of the Singapore facility demonstrated the company’s dedication to serving the maritime industry.
SpeedCast claims to be the only Asia-based service provider to operate its own global network, and says it serves hundreds of vessels in the region.
The company cited ship management company China LNG Shipping as an example of a customer using its SeaCast service.
SeaCast is being used on board each of CLSICO’s six LNG carriers for network access, ship management, crew communications and remote IT support.
“With SpeedCast, we’ve increased productivity and benefitted from cost savings, while improving safety and security across our fleet,” said Adam Leung, IT manager at CLSICO.
“We’ve also been able to satisfy crew requirements, which are hugely important in order to maximize staff retention.”