Inmarsat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), under which the satellite operator’s Fleet Xpress service will be integrated into newbuild ‘smart ships’ from the vessel construction stage to provide connectivity for a range of digital processes.
The United States Agency for International Development’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) has announced a new partnership with Inmarsat to help commercial fishing crews promote sustainable fishing in Southeast Asia, through the use of satellite systems to improve catch documentation and traceability (CDT).
Inmarsat has reported its financial results for the first half of 2017, with maritime revenue for the six months down by 3.9 per cent to $278.4 million compared with the same period last year, as customers move from FleetBroadband on to VSAT services.
Inmarsat has ramped up the installation network for its Fleet Xpress Ka-band VSAT service, increasing the number of ports where a complete flat fee service installation is available from six to 33.
Speedcast has increased its Fleet Xpress installation targets by adding more than 350 ships to its previous commitment to bring approximately 2,000 vessels on to the service by 2021, targeting the energy, cruise and leisure markets in particular.
MarineFields and Inmarsat have signed an MOU to partner in the development of technologies to make port calls more efficient, with a focus on areas such as information sharing, situational awareness, optimised processes, and collaborative decision making.
Inmarsat has announced that it has awarded the contract for the construction of an additional Global Xpress (GX) communications satellite to Thales Alenia Space.
Ship management company Wallem Group has agreed a deal to make Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress Ka-band VSAT service its favoured connectivity choice for ships at sea.
Cobham SATCOM reports that it has passed the milestone of delivering its 50,000th SAILOR FleetBroadband terminal, ten years after the system was launched in parallel with Inmarsat’s L-band maritime satcom service in 2007.
Inmarsat is to supply five Fleet One units to a pilot initiative looking to change the way ships connecting island communities in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu communicate, part of an IMO-endorsed capacity building programme based on co-operation between the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) and the Government of Vanuatu.
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