IMO’s continuing process of modernising GMDSS has seen delegates at a Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) Sub-Committee meeting in March put Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband system forward to undergo technical assessment by IMSO (International Mobile Satellite Organization) pursuant to future inclusion as a compliant service, with a report to be provided for consideration by the next NCSR in 2018.
Hapag-Lloyd has agreed a five-year deal with Inmarsat to migrate approximately 80 owned ships to services enabled for Fleet Xpress.
Fleet Management Limited (FML), which manages a fleet of over 400 vessels of various types with more than 14,000 crew, reports that it has upgraded all vessels previously equipped with Inmarsat’s XpressLink Ku-band service to the Ka-band Fleet Xpress service, and expects to roll out Fleet Xpress to the majority of its fleet globally by 2018.
Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce says that he is aiming to introduce 10 Mbps services on FleetBroadband in the early part of the next decade, once the company has completed the launch of its Inmarsat-6 generation of satellites.
Inmarsat has signed a service and installation agreement with Radio Holland to support migration of customers from Ku-based XpressLink to Fleet Xpress services. The non-exclusive agreement is in addition to Inmarsat’s existing service partner and VAR arrangements, and aims to draw on the Radio Holland support network to accelerate the installation of Fleet Xpress on a global scale.
SpeedCast has become the first Inmarsat partner to integrate the software element of the Fleet Xpress Network Service Device (SoftNSD) into its Fleet Xpress offering, the companies report.
Inmarsat has announced that it has completed tests of iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2X technology on its Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band satellite network, achieving a forward channel throughput rate of 330 Mbps in over-the-air trials with a live Inmarsat GX satellite in orbit using iDirect’s latest iQ Series modem.
Cyprus-based Satlink Satellite Communications, a member of the Tototheo Group, has entered into a new agreement with Inmarsat to integrate Fleet Xpress into its existing service portfolio, and has committed to bringing more than 1,500 vessels onto the Fleet Xpress service over a five-year period.
Hyproc Shipping Company has completed the installation of the Inmarsat Fleet Xpress Ka-band service on board its LNG and LPG tanker vessel Tessala, with the installation and commissioning carried out by Fleet Xpress value added reseller Singtel.
Inmarsat has signed an agreement with Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Commonwealth of Australia, to support a collaborative research project aimed at enhancing positioning accuracy and integrity by augmenting signals from multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) over the Australian continent.
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