Navidyne Study Shows New Satcom Antennas Save Shipowners Money

The new generation of lightweight marine satcom antennas are achieving large savings for shipowners, according to a study recently completed by Navidyne Corporation. Navidyne's vice president of marketing, Jerry N. Wilson, stated that as much as $8,000 could be saved in a typical satcom installation, chiefly in reduced shipping and installation costs. Navidyne's study compared the total costs of fitting the new ESZ- 10000 vs. a typical older satcom system on a ship in various U.S. and overseas ports.

The ESZ-10000, which was type approved in May by INMARSAT, uses a unique phased-array antenna that is less than one-third the weight of earlier satcom models. This lightweight antenna achieves the same high level of system performance and reliability as the far larger dish antennas. Navidyne's new satcom system is small enough that it can be shipped via air freight at low cost, said Mr. Wilson. The equipment can be easily installed in any port in the world during a brief stopover for loading, unloading or bunkering. The lightweight antenna can be easily installed using tools already on board.

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