Hafnia has announced the rollout of the Starlink Satellite System across its entire fleet by the end of 2023, becoming the fourth shipping company to use the technology in the last two months.
What is Starlink?
Developed by SpaceX, Starlink, is a satellite internet constellation using a low Earth orbit to provide high-speed internet access to remote and underserved areas globally.
According to Hafnia, Project Hologram has simultaneously been rolled out, an initiative aimed at improving connection with seafarer families and loved ones – which has been piloted with remarkable success.
Project Hologram enables seafarers to spend quality time with their loved ones remotely in a group setting – bridging the gap between life at sea and life on land. This was first piloted on the Hafnia Atlantic in August 2023, using Microsoft Teams as a virtual hosting platform for a virtual dinner with ship staff and their families.
We are very excited to be able to provide state-of-the-art connectivity to our seafaring team. The high-speed connectivity will help foster deeper connections with loved ones far away, alongside the many other technical advantages that evolve the digitalization of our vessel operations.
… said Juzer Vasi, Head of Fleet Solutions & Cyber Security at Hafnia
This reality was also identified in the 2023 SEAFiT Crew survey, which is the largest survey on crew welfare conducted worldwide with the participation of 1.6K ships and 19K seafarers.
Communication with home is the number one priority for seafarers. Despite the satisfaction in relevant Question (90.4%), seafarers still require more internet privileges on board.
It is not a given that we can talk to so many of our family members simultaneously. This is a very good platform and initiative to connect and become closer with not just our own families, but also the loved ones of our onboard family. We all look forward to the official launch of this across all our vessels.
… commented Captain Samir Wagh of the BW Cheetah