Inmarsat has selected Airbus Defence & Space to manufacture three next-generation GX satellites (GX7, 8 & 9), with the first scheduled to launch in the first half of 2023.
Research published last year by Inmarsat on digital transformation in shipping* indicated that, on average, ship operators and managers plan to spend $2.5 million on IoT-based solutions within three years. A study from the satellite operator, which drew on a survey of 750 transport chain professionals including 125 shipowners, also indicated that maritime participants expected average IoT-driven cost savings of 14 per cent over the next five years.
Satellite communications services provider Satcom Global has announced that James Tucker has joined the company as president of the company’s Asia Pacific region.
Inmarsat and NAPA have signed an agreement to enable shipowners and managers to access and analyse real-time onboard data more efficiently through a dedicated application hosted on Inmarsat’s new Fleet Data IoT service.
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.
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