In a move to reduce monthly satellite communication costs, Avin International is installing Iridium? satellite terminals on its fleet of 22 oil and product tankers. Navarino Telecom, a leading provider of satellite products and services in the Greek shipping market, is supplying and installing the Iridium satellite systems for the Avin ships under a service agreement with Stratos. Avin is also installing an Iridium terminal at its shore office in Athens to take advantage of the very low rates for Iridium-to-Iridium calls. “Iridium’s unique constellation architecture permits direct end-to-end call routing from one Iridium satellite phone to another without going through an earth station gateway,” explained Greg Ewert, executive vice president of Iridium Satellite. “This means there are no additional long-distance charges for routing through landline carriers.” “The transmission path for Iridium-to-Iridium calls is highly secure, making it ideal for confidential or sensitive communications between the ship and office,” Ewert added. “The service plan for Avin International includes inexpensive prepaid crew calling as well as communications with the home office,” said Andreas Dimitriadis, director of operations and customer care for Navarino Telecom. “Crew calling charges are automatically separated from other calls to facilitate accounting for satellite airtime.” Ewert noted that Iridium’s maritime subscriber base in Greece has increased by 20 percent over the past year and the company’s market share in maritime communications continues to grow as more major fleets switch to Iridium. About Iridium Satellite Iridium Satellite LLC (www.iridium.com) is the only provider of truly global satellite voice and data solutions with complete coverage of the earth (including oceans, airways and Polar Regions).