Thuraya improves maritime terminals

Thuraya, a company owned by Yahsat, has recently launched an upgraded multi-language software for Thuraya MarineStar, its maritime voice, tracking, and monitoring solution. The announcement about the software upgrade was made on April 25th. Since its initial release in 2019, Thuraya has already sold over 29,000 MarineStar devices across Asia, Africa, and Europe.

The new 2.0 ML firmware for MarineStar enhances its capabilities in geofencing, air programming, tracking, monitoring, fish catch reporting, and integration. It also introduces support for seven languages. Notably, the firmware update includes a new reporting mechanism for fishing and port call status, benefiting both vessel owners and maritime port authorities. This feature allows for analysis of fishing locations and the duration of fishing activities, helping to reduce the risk of overfishing and ensure compliance with national and international regulations for sustainable fishing practices.

Sulaiman Al Ali, Chief Commercial Officer of Yahsat, expressed the company’s commitment to customer-centric innovation, providing efficient and affordable technology tailored to the day-to-day needs of businesses. The new MarineStar software aims to give users a competitive advantage in the marine communications market, offering unrivaled capabilities. Yahsat is dedicated to developing state-of-the-art technological solutions that advance the maritime and fishing industries and contribute to the growth of a sustainable blue economy.

Thuraya, has also entered into a partnership with Cobham SATCOM to offer a range of next-generation broadband products for land, aeronautical, and maritime users. The agreement, announced on Monday, designates Cobham as a primary distributor, on a non-exclusive basis, for Thuraya’s Next Generation Broadband Products (NGBP) for a minimum period of five years.

The partnership will come into effect with the commencement of commercial operations on Thuraya 4-NGS, which is expected to be launched in the second half of 2023. According to the companies, the agreement has the potential to generate over $80 million in service revenue for Thuraya.

Ali Al Hashemi, CEO of Yahsat, expressed satisfaction with the agreement, highlighting Cobham’s strong commitment to the success of the Thuraya 4-NGS program. He stated that the partnership allows them to leverage Cobham’s unique capabilities and expertise, enhancing the value they can jointly deliver to distribution partners and end customers.

This collaboration between Thuraya and Cobham aims to provide advanced broadband solutions and expand their offerings in the land, aeronautical, and maritime sectors.