SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband terminal receives Type Approval

With a diameter less than 30 cm and weighing in at just 5 kg, the SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband system is ideal for medium-small commercial vessels or private yachts.


(LYNGBY, DENMARK — January 7, 2008) Thrane & Thrane has received Inmarsat Type Approval for its SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband terminal, making the company the first and only manufacturer to supply terminals for both FleetBroadband services. Thrane & Thrane, a manufacturer of equipment and systems for global mobile communication, expects to ship the first units before the end of January 2008.

The Inmarsat FleetBroadband service, which went live officially on November 19, 2007, is a great leap forward in communication at sea. The cost-effective equipment and airtime, in combination with full IP connectivity has the potential to improve everything from crew welfare to vessel maintenance.

SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband offers data speeds up to 284 kbps with an antenna that is smaller than today’s Fleet33 system. SAILOR FleetBroadband products were launched in April 2007 and introduced to the market in September 2007. The first consignment of SAILOR 500 FleetBroadband was shipped on December 14th 2007, with some of these terminals already operational at sea.

“The fantastic interest in SAILOR FleetBroadband makes us confident that these products will be very successful in the market, especially as more and more operators see the inherent benefits that FleetBroadband can bring to operation,” said Casper Jensen, Manager of Maritime Global Marketing with Thrane & Thrane.

By Professional Mariner Staff