Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) has announced it has installed SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service across its entire fleet of oil tankers and oil tug-barges.
Since launching its Maritime package in July 2022, Starlink has taken the maritime industry by storm. The company has signed on almost all major cruise lines as customers, with their customer base also extending to shipping companies like Maersk and Mitsui OSK Lines with several hundred ships in their fleets around the world.
While not as large as those two customers, Overseas Shipholding Group announced today it has successfully installed Starlink across its entire fleet of 24 oil tankers and oil tug-barges. In a press release, the company said it added to improve the life of its employees while at sea.
“Our crew identified this as important, and we listened. The goal of the Starlink install was to enhance vessel communications and improve our crew’s ability to connect with family and friends. Our seafarers are the greatest asset we possess, and we are glad to support them on this. Our investment in the Starlink technology represents a major step forward in our industry and highlights our commitment to improving the quality of life for our crewmembers while they are at sea,” said Patrick O’Halloran, OSG’s Chief Operations Officer.
The company also highlighted the benefits of Starlink in helping their crews better manage vessels and communicating with staff on shore.
OSG is just the latest company to add Starlink to its fleet. As we noted Maersk and Mitsui have already added Starlink to nearly 600 ships combined. Another major shipping company, Seaspan became the first containerships owner and operator to fully equip its fleet with Starlink earlier this year. Other recognizable names in the maritime industry have also become Starlink customers, like Hapag-Lloyd, announcing in September that it will deploy SpaceX’s Starlink internet service to more than a hundred of its ships.