Laskaridis completes upgrade to Fleet Xpress in partnership with Navarino

May 7, 2020 | Case Studies

Laskaridis Shipping Company Ltd. has recently completed the rollout of Inmarsat Fleet Xpress across its fleet of more than 40 bulkers. Having previously used Fleet Broadband, the upgrade to the Fleet Xpress 2 MB/s MIR plan is part of a forward-thinking modernization process, in conjunction with Navarino, as the company moves towards a fully digital fleet.

Mr Chris Koustenis, IT Manager at Laskaridis considers Navarino as ‘a trusted partner who can be relied upon to run our remote communications and operations’. In addition Mr Vasilis Tsialtas, responsible for fleet communications at Laskaridis said ‘We are more than just satisfied with the highly responsive approach we experienced with the Navarino team during this complex and demanding project. At times, Navarino were working on four concurrent vessel installations across our fleet globally and we worked very well together with the valuable assistance of our crews on completing the fleet-wide rollout in half the time we had initially estimated.

The speed and stability of Fleet Xpress allows us to offer a broad range of business and crew applications that were hardly feasible over FleetBroadband. We are now regularly pushing out a few GBs of data via our file sharing system to all vessels in just a couple of hours, which makes the bulk roll out of updates and installation tasks very straightforward, without having to worry about data overages resulting in shock invoices etc. Remote support is much better, improving our response and resolution times, which is important as time cannot be bought. We are looking forward to rolling out more applications across our modern fleet in the future to fully embrace the new digital options that this level of connectivity allows us.’

From Navarino’s side, Mr Konstantinos Dimitriadis, the Account Manager for Laskaridis said ‘We are very proud to be working with a highly IT-literate, future facing company like Laskaridis Shipping. We really appreciate that they chose Navarino to assist them with the upgrade of their fleet’s connectivity capabilities in this major project and we will continue to work with them to ensure that their vessels remain at the cutting edge of maritime technology.’