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Antarctic cruiser deploys Fleet Xpress

Ocean Nova Ocean Nova

Inmarsat has announced that it has completed a successful trial and subsequent commercial order for its Fleet Xpress service in Antarctic waters on board the adventure cruise ship Ocean Nova, in conjunction with its partners Global Marine Networks and Network Innovations.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The 1992-built ice class Ocean Nova is owned by Nova Cruising Ltd and operated by Nova Logistics, a polar expedition specialist. Fleet Xpress is the hybrid Ka- and L-band service using Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network.

“Our customers rely on us to provide cutting-edge satellite services,” said Dr Luis Soltero, chief technology officer of Global Marine Networks.

“Fleet Xpress delivered on its promise of high-speed seamless mobile broadband service in one of the world’s most difficult areas for most satellite systems. Antarctica requires low-horizon satellite views through heavy cloud cover and precipitation. Fleet Xpress successfully overcame these conditions.”

Network Innovations, one of Inmarsat’s first value-added resellers of Fleet Xpress, was supported by Global Marine Networks and the crew of the Ocean Nova in deploying the system, which uses a Cobham SAILOR 100GX antenna.

“This trial marks another important milestone for the launch of Fleet Xpress. By testing Fleet Xpress in such harsh conditions we are pushing the boundaries of what we can offer,” said Ronald Spithout, president of Inmarsat Maritime.

“Fleet Xpress is set to redefine maritime communications and will transform the way vessels are managed and optimised throughout the globe. We are thrilled that Nova Cruising Ltd have chosen to rely on and invest in Fleet Xpress with a commercial order for the rest of their fleet.”{/mprestriction}

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