Inmarsat has agreed to a US $3.4 billion takeover by the Triton Bidco consortium, which consists of UK-based Apax Partners, US-based Warburg Pincus, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.
A contract signed in London at the end of last month by Inmarsat and SRH Marine SAIT formalises arrangements for real-time Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) updating to be accomplished ‘ship-to-shore’ using an application over FleetBroadband for the first time.
Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress will power a new Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic adventure cruise ship, National Geographic Venture.
Inmarsat has joined forces with two start-up programmes including Rainmaking’s Trade and Transport Impact (T&TI) and Bluetech Accelerator. The purpose is to create initiatives that directly support start-ups focused on IoT and big data innovation for improved safety, efficiency and sustainability in the maritime, ports and logistics supply chain.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), one of Japan’s largest shipping companies, has announced plans to ramp up installations of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress (FX) VSAT service across the remainder of its owned and managed fleet, having begun initial deployments of the system on the majority of its car carriers in 2016, shortly after FX was launched.
Inmarsat has announced two new components for its Fleet Secure maritime cyber security service, with the addition of a multi-layered endpoint security solution, Fleet Secure Endpoint, as well as a training app for mobile devices called Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness.
SRH Marine Electronics and Inmarsat have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see the companies collaborate on the management of ECDIS updates via Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband service.
Inmarsat has launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) service called Fleet Data, which aims to simplify the collection and transmission of data from a ship’s onboard Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) and other vessel sensors, providing a platform for data analysis and optimisation of operations.
Inmarsat has rebuffed a takeover offer from US-based satellite operator EchoStar, valuing the London-based business at £3.2 billion.
A new report looking at crew connectivity on ships has revealed the emotional and operational impact on professional seafarers working at sea with limited opportunities to interact digitally with friends and family.
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