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NYK ships will receive KVH mini-VSAT systems for IBIS project

Japanese shipping line Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) will install KVH Industries’s TracPhone V7 satellite communications system on its containerships in order to support its IBIS (Innovative Bunker and Idle-time Saving) project.


NYK deploys a large and diverse fleet of containerships, crude oil tankers, dry bulk carriers, LNG tankers, and Pure Car Truck Carriers (PCTCs). The maritime shipping company will equip more than 100 of its vessels with broadband service that will integrate them into the planned IBIS network.

By providing real-time communications between ships and onshore staff, IBIS aims to improve the efficiency and safety of NYK ship operations. The new system will deliver real-time weather and sea current forecasts to the ship, which would allow it to avoid inclement weather and take advantage of speed boosts provided by ocean currents going its way. The NYK ship will in turn send its own operation data back to shore-based personnel.

KVH’s mini-VSAT broadband service offers improved connectivity that allow greater information sharing and collaboration between ship and shore personnel. This excellent satellite communications system makes it perfect for NYK’s IBIS program, which relies upon constant exchange of large packets of data.

In addition, KVH’s mini-VSAT will also provide affordable communications for NYK crew members who want to contact their families through VoIP or the Internet.

Mini-VSAT Broadband is currently the most popular maritime VSAT solution on the market. Compact satellite communications systems allow fast and reliable connections between constantly-moving ships and distant locations.