Hapag-Lloyd to Integrate Starlink for Enhanced Maritime Connectivity

Hapag-Lloyd, a global leader in liner shipping, is set to enhance its fleet’s connectivity by integrating SpaceX’s Starlink high-speed satellite internet technology.

The move follows a successful pilot phase that began in May, during which crew members aboard four vessels tested the technology. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with the new system significantly improving communication capabilities for seafarers.

Starlink’s satellite network offers bandwidth speeds of up to 250 megabits per second. This not only improves the quality of life for crew members by enabling seamless video calls and streaming services but also allows Hapag-Lloyd to conduct remote maintenance and vessel inspections.

“We are very happy to provide our seafarers with Starlink’s high-speed satellite internet and thus to enhance their well-being on board. But also for Fleet Management, the change in communication and connectivity will be huge,” said Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf, COO at Hapag-Lloyd.

The technology is expected to result in cost savings and an increase in service quality. Donya-Florence Amer, CIO/CHRO at Hapag-Lloyd, added, “Implementing the new technology to our fleet marks a significant leap forward in ensuring maritime connectivity and stands to revolutionize the way our seafarers stay connected while at sea.”

The next steps in the rollout include completing the ordering of the technology and antenna installation by the end of 2023. The activation of the service on the company’s ships is slated to begin in early 2024. The new technology will also be featured on the newbuild Manila Express.

Hapag-Lloyd operates a fleet of 258 modern container ships with a total transport capacity of 1.9 million TEU and has around 14,000 employees and 400 offices in 135 countries. The company is a leading operator in various global trades, including the Transatlantic, Middle East, Latin America, and Intra-America routes.