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Thuraya announced the launching of MarineStar, a maritime satellite voice solution with advanced two-way tracking and monitoring capabilities. MarineStar is based on the same platform as other Thuraya voice hardware and therefore quick and easy to install for a wide range of operations including vessel tracking and monitoring, crew welfare and voice communications.

“Thuraya MarineStar is perfectly suited to small vessels, and highly scalable to satisfy the operational requirements of larger vessels. The service will be available through Thuraya’s global distribution network, and will cover the world’s busiest sea routes and fishing hotspots within the Thuraya satellite footprint,” the company pointed out. The MarineStar is backed by local numbering plan and GSM roaming over the Thuraya satellite network. As a result, users continue to stay connected on GSM numbers even outside terrestrial coverage.

Shawkat Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer of Thuraya, commented: “Thuraya MarineStar represents a new and important chapter in Thuraya’s maritime portfolio. With more than 300K small vessels expected to benefit from the service, we are looking forward to working with our distribution partners to roll out Thuraya MarineStar worldwide and benefit from strong potential demand from users for this game-changing solution.”

Dorothee Frank