Critical mass for Inmarsat Fleet Xpress
Contractual commitments from SpeedCast International and Marlink, direct deals done with ship owners and internal service migration projections from Inmarsat saw the satellite provider’s Fleet Xpress offering gaining critical mass within weeks of its commercial launch. Some 5,000 vessels have already committed to Fleet Xpress, which offers high-speed Ka-band with ultra-reliable FleetBroadband L-band service acting as unlimited backup to set a new standard in broadband maritime communications. One such owner having signed a recent contract is Nanjing Tanker Corporation, installing Fleet Xpress on 70 of its ships. An additional 2,600 existing Inmarsat XpressLink installations will convert to Fleet Xpress over the next three years, while service agreements already in place include container ships, bulk carriers, tankers and car carriers, and from cruise and yachting customers. Fleet Xpress is enriched by Inmarsat Gateway, a unique service enablement platform giving ship owners and operators access to a new generation of value-added maritime applications and solutions, opening up vessels to the Internet of Things and paving the way for the Connected Ship. One of the first applications to be delivered through Fleet Xpress will be the launch of a cyber security service developed together with Singtel, for reducing the risk of cyber attacks on ships. The industry can hear more about Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress and cyber security at SMM. You can also download this in-depth guide where there is an extensive chapter on cyber security.