The shipping company has successfully upgraded all vessels, including bulk carriers, container vessels, general cargo ships, oil tankers, gas carriers and chemical tankers previously equipped with Inmarsat’s XpressLink Ku-band service to Fleet Xpress.
Fleet Management expects to roll out the Inmarsat solution to the majority of its fleet globally by 2018.
The service will use a Cobham 1m GX antenna for Ka-band connectivity combined with a FleetBroadband terminal for L-Band back-up.
Gerbrand Schalkwijk, chief sales officer, Inmarsat Maritime, said, “Fleet Xpress brings specific benefits for fleet managers. Ship managers are ideally placed to exploit high-speed, ultra-reliable connectivity that puts big data at the heart of operating decisions and cost-controlled connectivity in the hands of seafarers.
“They also get new hands-on management capability via high-quality voice and video calls, while CCTV on-board is also live. Fleet Xpress even enables real-time status checking via an app on superintendent smartphones.”