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While geopolitical tensions ensured that one risk to shipping played out in the full media glare over the summer of 2019, quiet but profound change was being brought to the emergency services that keep around 1.6 million seafarers safe day in, day out. 

Global tug operator KOTUG International has completed a trial of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress high-speed broadband solution in Western Australia, resulting in KOTUG’s commitment to Fleet Xpress for this area of the Asia Pacific region.

Inmarsat is introducing two new satellite payloads to provide broadband in the Arctic region for the first time. The Global Xpress payloads are being developed in partnership with Space Norway, and its subsidiary Space Norway HEOSAT.

Maersk Supply Service has extended its Fleet Xpress contract with Inmarsat for three further years and signed up to the company’s new dedicated bandwidth service for charterers.

Intellian has received Inmarsat type approval for its new GX100NX antenna, authorising its use on the Global Xpress satellite network and for the Inmarsat Fleet Xpress service.

Inmarsat has signed a business cooperation agreement that allows Hyundai Global Service (HGS) to offer shipowners and managers a digital total care solution route to maritime digitalisation.

One Sea, the industry alliance that brings together exponents of autonomous ship technology, has welcomed three new members.

Inmarsat has appointed Marco Cristoforo Camporeale as Head of Maritime Digital, based in Norway.

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.

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