Dubai-based maritime systems supplier and integrator, Elcome International, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maldives-based maritime servicing and logistics group, Triangle Maritime. The partnership aims to provide Maldives’ fast-growing maritime cluster with access to a wide range of original equipment brands, solutions and technical services.
While Maldives has an established leisure marine sector and attracts hundreds of cruise ships each year, the Maldivian government is now investing heavily in its commercial shipping industry. The Elcome-Triangle MoU is seen as an important step forward in the development of the country’s merchant shipping and yachting sector.
Jimmy Grewal, Elcome’s Executive Director, commented: “Maldives is an island nation steeped in maritime tradition. In addition to recreational boating and cruise tourism, there is an emergent boat building industry and a resurgent commercial shipping sector.”
“The newly formed state-owned shipping company MSS, for example, now has a fleet of vessels flying the Maldives flag and cargo ships are trading between Maldives and India. The MoU we have signed today is very much in support of the country’s maritime expansion plans.”
Until Triangle Maritime personnel have been fully trained on Elcome’s product portfolio, personnel based at its facility in Colombo, Sri Lanka, will handle sales and servicing arrangements, with Elcome’s Dubai office providing technical and inventory support.
Additionally, Elcome International has recently announced it is providing SpaceX’s Starlink Internet services to maritime customers, including owners of merchant vessels, oil rigs and luxury yachts. Powered by the world’s largest constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit, Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband Internet service for all types of maritime and offshore assets offers “a revolution in performance and cost,” with speeds up to 100 times faster and at a fraction of the cost of traditional satellite Internet services.
“We are so excited to bring the benefits of Starlink to our customers,” said Grewal. “It’s not just about fast Internet, but the opportunity for us to implement real-time remote monitoring and autonomy solutions for these customers in ways that were not previously possible. Also consider the benefit to crew members who will now be able to better stay in touch with family and friends while out at sea.”
Orders for Starling systems will be fulfilled from the company’s logistics hubs in Spain, Dubai, and Singapore with a variety of installation and support options available.