The Nueva Pescanova Group has chosen the Spanish engineering firm Satlink to renew the satellite telecommunications systems of 25 ships in its fleet in Mozambique.
As reported by a Spanish engineering firm specializing in satellite telecommunications, the project, which began in 2019, will be developed over the next few years and is part of a fleet renewal process that includes the construction of four ships, of which three have already been delivered to Nueva Pescanova and are operational in the Indian Ocean.
In the first phase, Satlink has equipped these three newly built ships and eight of those currently serving in the Mozambique fleet with Inmarsat Satlink Fleet One systems, with data rates of up to 150 Kbps, the most efficient solution for ships carrying out short voyages.
According to the signed agreement, Satlink has also designed a tailor-made communications plan so that Nueva Pescanova has the capacity to transmit via satellite both information for its operations and for reporting data on fishing activity (catches, landings, sales, etc.) to the competent authorities.
The Satlink Fleet One system allows simultaneous voice calls and IP data communications via satellite to be available onboard for, for example, e-mail, updating navigation charts, consulting weather reports or transmitting data concerning fishing activity recorded in the onboard electronic log.
In addition, the Inmarsat Fleet One service offers Wi-Fi connection for smartphones and tablets, as well as offering free emergency calls to the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre.
Satlink offers this service through its agreement with the global operator Inmarsat, which has a commercial network of L-Band satellites with practically 100% availability and worldwide coverage.
Nueva Pescanova has 28 freezer trawlers dedicated to shrimp fishing in Mozambique, which represents 45 percent of the group’s total flee. Nueva Pescanova also operates in Angola, Namibia, Uruguay, and Argentina.
The multinational has invested €42.5 million in its fleet since 2017, with the construction of new vessels already operating in Namibia and in Mozambique, creating 200 jobs in Galicia, Spain.