With the commercial maritime market still recovering from the weak global economy of recent years, cost sensitivity is a pressing concern for maritime operators. A typical containership, for example, may spend $40,000 per day on fuel, a cost that needs to be managed both because of price and also because of the latest MARPOL environmental regulations requiring ships to be more fuel-efficient.
One area of the maritime operating budget that offers an attractive return on investment is satellite communications, creating a broadband connectivity “ripple effect.”
An upgraded SATCOM system delivering true broadband data speed creates immediate operational benefits in several important ways:
- Real-time weather data enables more accurate voyage planning so that a vessel arrives as close to port time as possible
- Managing arrival time helps to avoid using excess bunker fuel, which often happens if a ship speeds up to ensure timely arrival
- A maritime SATCOM system with built-in network management also increases operational efficiency by making it easy to control broadband access for crew vs. operations.
While SATCOM costs typically account for less than 1% of a typical ship’s operating budget, KVH recognizes the challenge of controlling spending and fixed budgets. You don’t have to spend a lot more to get a lot more, and upgrading your SATCOM to a modern system can quickly pay for itself and bring a high ROI to the vessel’s owners and management.
Learn more about the economic benefits of an upgraded SATCOM system in KVH’s infographic and white paper about the broadband connectivity ripple effect.
KVH’s provides an end-to-end solution for maritime SATCOM with built-in network management with its mini-VSAT Broadband service, TracPhone V-IP series antenna systems, and upcoming IP-MobileCast content delivery service.