Stolt Tankers Selects Stratos for Fleetwide Satellite Communications Network

--Network provides mobile voice & high-speed data services for global fleet of 75 ships--

Bethesda, Maryland (August 6, 2009) - Stratos Global Corporation, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced it has been selected by Stolt Tankers B.V. (Stolt) to provide a fleetwide, high-speed satellite-based communications network. Stolt Tankers is a subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen S.A., one of the world's leading providers of integrated maritime transportation services.

The Stratos network will serve Stolt's 75-ship fleet of tanker ships with services that include: Inmarsat B, C and Fleet; and Iridium crew calling. The network is custom-designed for Stolt to help increase the performance and efficiency of a wide variety of business-critical applications, including crew communications to support the recruitment and retention of well-trained seafarers.

Stolt chose Stratos as its network provider based primarily on the wide range of value-added services that Stratos offers. Those field-tested services, known as The Stratos Advantage, help ship managers attain the highest possible performance and support from their mobile satellite services, at the lowest possible cost. The application that Stolt found most appealing was StratosAccess, which provides online traffic monitoring and alarms to indicate usage thresholds.

"Stratos is committed to meet all of our requirements with a comprehensive solution that includes competitive pricing, experienced local support, standard 24/7 customer care with accelerated service-levels agreements provided by them for large fleets such as ours, and the ability to monitor our terminals online," said Rob C. Scharff, Stolt General Manager, Purchasing & Logistics. "Equally as important, the Stratos solution should provide immediate cost savings and a natural path toward future deployment of broadband solutions."

Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "It is truly gratifying to provide Stolt with a standardized technological solution that helps meet its daily management challenges by integrating all maritime operations on land and at sea. Given Stolt's reputation for enduring leadership and management excellence, being selected as its network provider is a source of pride for Stratos."

Stratos offers a wide range of value-added services to provide ship managers with optimal communications performance, management control and cost efficiency. Stratos is the largest supplier of mobile satellite services to the maritime industry, with communications to more than 40,000 maritime terminals worldwide. Stratos' industry-leading portfolio of maritime satellite services includes Inmarsat FleetBroadband, Iridium OpenPort and the VSAT solutions OceanVSAT and StratosITek.

About The Stratos Advantage
The value-added services comprising The Stratos Advantage provide users with cost and traffic control, high-usage metering, firewall management, data optimization, real-time traffic overviews, instant remote provisioning, high security options, easy VPN access, messaging services and a full IP range. More than 11,000 mobile users in 180 countries already utilize The Stratos Advantage for BGAN, FleetBroadband and other mobile satellite services.

In addition to offering The Stratos Advantage, Stratos works with application partners to deliver broadband business solutions in key maritime business areas. These solutions include voyage management, remote management, IT management and cargo management, which help reduce fuel and operations costs and improve crew and customer satisfaction. Maritime customers can secure more information on Stratos solutions by calling their Stratos account manager or by visiting

About Stolt-Nielsen S.A.
Stolt-Nielsen S.A. is one of the world's leading providers of transportation services for bulk liquid chemicals, edible oils, acids and other specialty liquids. The Company, through the parcel tanker, tank container, terminal, rail and barge services of its wholly owned subsidiary Stolt Tankers & Terminals and Stolt Tank Containers, provides integrated transportation solutions for its customers. The Company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the symbol SNI. For more information, please visit

About Stratos
Stratos is the world's trusted leader for vital communications. Stratos offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government, military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime, aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and across the world's oceans. For more information visit

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Carla Riggs
Director, Corporate Communications
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