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70 Nanjing Tanker Corp ships to deploy Fleet Xpress

Zhang Chuan Qin, EVP of NTC (right), and Song Zhen, MCN Zhang Chuan Qin, EVP of NTC (right), and Song Zhen, MCN

Inmarsat, Cobham SATCOM and Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company (MCN) have announced the largest Fleet Xpress installation project to date, with Nanjing Tanker Corporation (NTC) of China to outfit 70 ships with the Ka-band VSAT service.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“Nanjing Tanker Corporation has been pivotal in China’s expansion in oil, oil products, specialised chemicals and liquefied petroleum gas transportation,” said Gerbrand Schalkwijk, chief sales officer, Inmarsat Maritime.

“We are especially pleased that the benefits which Fleet Xpress delivers for vessel efficiency and crew welfare have been acknowledged so quickly after the launch of our game-changing service by one of the companies focused on driving commercial maritime opportunities in China.”

MCN, Cobham and Inmarsat’s China-based partner, will manage the roll-out of Cobham’s SAILOR 100 GX and SAILOR 60 GX antenna systems to NTC.

“Fleet Xpress with SAILOR antennas will open the way for Nanjing Tanker Corporation to exploit greater use of data and collaboration focused on ‘smart shipping’ applications, including video conferencing, remote vessel assistance/diagnostics, telemedicine, video surveillance and information management systems for maritime ‘big data’ applications,” said Song Zhen, vice president of sales and marketing for MCN.

The 1 metre SAILOR 100 GX is based on Cobham SATCOM’s existing SAILOR VSAT technology platform, while the 60cm SAILOR 60 GX uses a new lightweight carbon fibre composite/aluminium design.{/mprestriction}

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