Inmarsat News

21 Oct 2020

KSS Line Opts for "Smart Ship' Package for Up to 15 Ships

(Photo: KSS Line)

Hyundai Global Services (HGS) has signed a contract to deliver its Smart Ship and Satellite Communications package for up to 15 vessels for South Korean shipping company KSS Line.The Smart Ship and Satellite Communications package is a combination of the Integrated Smart Ship (ISS) solution ‚Äď an IoT platform for ships, developed by HHI Group to support vessel operation and device optimization ‚Äď supported by Inmarsat‚Äôs Fleet Xpress and digital solution Fleet Connect. This achievement is a direct result of a collaboration between HGS‚Ķ

05 Oct 2020

Inmarsat Supporting Impala Push Boats on the Paraná

Real time video surveillance via Fleet Xpress is keeping cargoes and crews secure along the Paraná River - the artery for economic development that carries around 80% of Paraguay’s trade (Photo: Inmarsat)

Inmarsat has equipped four Paraná River push boats operated by Impala Paraguay with Fleet Xpress connectivity, in what the mobile satellite communications company is calling a breakthrough for maritime broadband inland along one of South America‚Äôs longest waterways.The prime mover vessels are used by Impala Paraguay to steer its fleet of 30 double-hulled barges along the waterway system to move gas oil, jet fuel, gasoline and naphtha products from Argentina onward to Paraguay and Bolivia, exporting soya bean oil in the other direction.

25 Sep 2020

Inmarsat's LTE Network to Cover Gulf of Mexico Offshore Vessels

Illustration; An offshore vessel near a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico - Credit: flyingrussian

Global mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat plans to extend its Fleet LTE coverage for offshore service vessels to the Gulf of Mexico.Inmarsat said that the decision to expand in the Gulf of Mexico followed successful trials with V.Ships Offshore in the North Sea area in early 2020."In conjunction with Inmarsat’s service provider One Net, the North Sea trials were undertaken with ship management company V.Ships Offshore at the beginning of 2020, delivering hybrid connectivity via 4G cellular plus satellite coverage on VSAT Ka-band and L-band…

04 Aug 2020

Intellian Completes Its Next Gen Global Xpress Portfolio

ntellian launches the latest in its next generation GX range of antennas: the GX60NX, designed specifically and now type approved for use with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band VSAT network.

Intellian launches the latest in its next generation GX range of antennas: the GX60NX, designed specifically and now type approved for use with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band VSAT network. This 65cm terminal, the smallest in the range, completes Intellian’s GX portfolio. The GX60NX is suited to smaller commercial vessels, and supports customers across all markets, including leisure and fishing.The Below Deck Terminal (BDT), single cable antenna connection and AptusNX control software are identical to those used for the larger GX100NX, which is already approved.

03 Aug 2020

Crew Welfare Innovation Challenge Launched

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Challenge for start-ups and SMEs will fund and test application that helps improve the safety of deck operations, minimizes fatigue on board, reduces administration on board and improves overall crew welfare.Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has joined forces with Shell Shipping and Maritime and maritime digital consultancy Thetius to launch a new ‚ÄėOpen Innovation Challenge‚Äô for start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The challenge aims to identify technology that can benefit crew safety‚Ķ

13 Jul 2020

COMSAT Bolsters Inmarsat Network

COMSAT Santa Paula, Calif. teleport bolsters Inmarsat network (Photo: COMSAT)

Satellite connectivity solutions provider COMSAT said it is extending the life of Inmarsat’s existing satellites through the leasing of an additional antenna at COMSAT’s Santa Paula, Calif. Teleport. The newly leased 12.8m antenna is transmitting and receiving in both C-band and L-band frequencies, bolstering capacity for the Tracking, Telemetry and Command (TT&C) and traffic operations of the Inmarsat satellite network. The Santa Paula teleport hosts Inmarsat’s Standard C equipment…

08 Jul 2020

SCG Opts for Castor 4G Package on 30 Ships

SCG Longdijk (Photo: Flying Focus)

Shipping Company Groningen (SCG) has contracted offshore internet services provider Castor Marine to install its Global 4G Connectivity package on all 30 of its vessels. With this, the coasters will have a fast, global 4G-LTE internet connection for its crews. On its fleet, SCG offers its personnel a Crew Welfare Zone with free internet within the 12-mile (4G) zone. To realize this, SCG wanted a plug-and-play, cost-efficient system that is always operational and doesn’t interfere with the crew’s activities.To make this happen…

25 Jun 2020

Technology Enhances Crew Well-being -Report

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A new report published by satellite communications provider Inmarsat examines the ways technology can benefit crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea, at a moment when COVID-19 has exposed the welfare of seafarers to global scrutiny.The report, "Welfare 2.0: How can the next generation of technology enable better crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea?", has been prepared by consultancy Thetius and follows an earlier "Trade 2.0" report focusing on the impact new technologies…

05 Jun 2020

Containership Aids Offshore Rescue

A 67-year-old-man man was taken aboard the President Eisenhower after the containership's master responded to a Coast Guard request for a vessel in the area to assist. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

A 67-year-old man adrift for several weeks on board a disabled sailboat was rescued hundreds of miles miles off the coast of Alaska with help from a 984-foot containership and the U.S. Coast Guard.At approximately 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received a distress alert from the sailing vessel Miss Lilly, in which the man aboard reported his vessel to be disabled and adrift roughly 500 nautical miles south-southwest of Dutch Harbor, and…

04 Jun 2020

Inmarsat Extends Seafarer Support

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Satellite communications provider Inmarsat says it continues to ramp up its response to COVID-19, with additional initiatives to improve seafarer wellbeing. These initiatives include further collaboration with ISWAN (International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network) and maritime charities, the launch of a new chatcard and the wider roll-out of a COVID-19 video telemedicine call service.As the pandemic has unfolded, the ompany has worked closely with welfare organization…

13 May 2020

Digital lift-off

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Better connectivity, easier data sharing and a thriving IoT start-up scene demonstrate that maritime digitalization is flourishing according to satellite service provider Inmarsat.For many, the lasting consequence of COVID-19 may be the upheaval it brought to the familiar rhythms of daily life. Thankfully the internet enabled a semblance of routine activity to continue, as they worked from home while their children attended digital classrooms.The outbreak forced us to work together yet apart through video conferencing and collaborative online platforms…

05 May 2020

Crowley Signs Up to Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress

Inmarsat said successful trials in Alaskan waters on board the Aframax tanker California contributed to the decision by Crowley Maritime Corp. to install Fleet Xpress across the majority of its fleet. (Photo: Inmarsat)

Crowley Maritime Corp. has agreed a contract to install Fleet Xpress from satellite communications provider Inmarsat on a majority of its vessels.The 128-year old Florida-headquartered business owns, operates and manages a diverse fleet of close to 200 vessels, including conventional and dual fuel (LNG) containerships, tankers and articulated tug-barges, and ship assist and offshore services tugboats, and various other types of barges.The deal was signed following trials in Alaska on Aframax tanker…

23 Apr 2020

Report Examines Maritime Digitalization in Japan

Image: Imarsat

A new study, ‚ÄėA quiet revolution - the maritime innovation ecosystem in Japan‚Äô, explores the commitments to Internet of Things (IoT)-based ship and crew management already made by corporate Japan, then goes on to offer unique insights into the country‚Äôs emerging start-up culture.The report, sponsored by Inmarsat is the first in a series of in-depth profiles into maritime technology and start-ups in specific countries. It builds on ‚ÄėTrade 2.0: How start-ups are driving the next generation of maritime trade‚Äô‚Ķ

14 Apr 2020

Cargo Ship Catches Fire off the Coast of Italy

(Photo: Guardia Costiera)

Twelve crew members were rescued Wednesday from a cargo ship ablaze off the coast of Italy.At about 7 a.m. local time, the Reggio Calabria port authority received a mayday call reporting an uncontrollable fire in the engine room aboard Bolivian-flagged freighter Bellatrix, in the Mediterranean Sea, about 180 miles southeast from Catania, Italy's Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard assumed coordination of the rescue effort and arranged for multiple air and surface assets to be sent to the scene.

03 Apr 2020

Inmarsat Offering Crews Discounted Voice Calls

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Inmarsat has formalized a 50% discount for crew voice calling services available for up to 40,000 ships in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on seafarer well-being.The maritime satellite service provider is also ensuring that calls made to the SeafarerHelp service provided by welfare organization ISWAN (International Seafarers’ Welfare Assistance Network) are available free of charge. In addition, Inmarsat is working with crew healthcare specialist Vikand and software platform provider FrontM…

27 Mar 2020

Connecting Crew During COVID-19

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Inmarsat Maritime President Ronald Spithout says providing crews with enhanced levels of connectivity and support is critical at this unprecedented time, and offers an insight into the work already underway with welfare organizations to assist seafarers in need.Given Inmarsat’s position as the leading provider of maritime VSAT and L-Band services at sea, it is hardly surprising that we have been alert to the direct connection between coronavirus and surging demand for crew voice call and data services.

20 Feb 2020

Radio Holland Renews MSA with Jumbo

Photo: Jumbo Shipping

Jumbo Shipping has renewed its MSA (Managed Service Agreement) contracts with Radio Holland,The renewal of the MSA contracts concerns four vessels and has been established for the next four years.Jumbo renewed the MSA contracts with Radio Holland to minimize the hassle of managing multiple suppliers by outsourcing all NavCom service work to Radio Holland technicians, Radio Holland said. Where the previous contracts focused mainly on radar and gyro equipment, the new contracts…

29 Jan 2020

Inmarsat, ITC Global Expand Connectivity Options

Image: ITC Global

The global provider of mobile satellite communications Inmarsat and the Panasonic Avionics Corp subsidiary ITC Global have announced a five-year strategic collaboration.The partnership enables the organisations to combine their highly complementary, market-leading services to offer broadband connectivity, paired with high-value connectivity solutions to customers in the maritime, yachting and offshore energy sectors.ITC Global will offer Inmarsat’s market-leading Fleet Xpress service, incorporating the Ka-band solution into its existing comprehensive range of Ku-band connectivity services.

25 Dec 2019

SOLAS Amendments from 1 January 2020

Image: International Maritime Organization

A set of important amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and various codes mandatory under the Convention enter into force on 1 January 2020, said International Maritime Organization (IMO).Amendments to SOLAS regulations III/3 and III/20 make mandatory the Requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear. This package of provisions…

11 Dec 2019

Nautilus Labs, Inmarsat Sign Agreement

Logo: Nautilus Labs

Nautilus Labs and Inmarsat have signed an agreement for Nautilus Labs to provide Inmarsat’s Fleet Data service.Nautilus Labs will use the Fleet Data API (Application Programming Interface) to help automate data collection as part of Nautilus Platform, a proprietary, fleet optimization UI (user interface) that provides shipping owners and operators with predictive analytics to reduce fuel consumption, allow for better decisioning, and meet international and local environmental standards - all in real time.Developed by Inmarsat and made commercially available earlier this year…

04 Dec 2019

North Sea: Inmarsat Targets OSVs

Image courtesy: Tampnet AS

British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat plc will extend its service portfolio for customers with the launch of Fleet LTE, following an agreement with subsea fibre and offshore LTE network operator, Tampnet.The new service which is primarily aimed at offshore support vessel (OSV) operators, but could also be used by fishing and ferry operators operating in the area,  leverages low-latency, high data speed communications available via a dedicated Access Point Name‚Ķ

04 Dec 2019

Intellian Unveils 1.5m Global Xpress Terminal

Photo: Intellian

Intellian has unveiled the world’s first 1.5 m Global Xpress terminal, GX150NX at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans ahead of its commercial launch in 2020.As the largest terminal that will be available for the Inmarsat Fleet Xpress service following type approval and successful sea trials in 2020, the GX150NX will unlock the full power of the Global Xpress network for users with high bandwidth demands seeking the most resilient platform for digital and cloud-based…

28 Nov 2019

Inmarsat, ABB Pact on IoT Platform

Stefano Poli, VP, Business Development, Inmarsat Maritime. Photo by Inmarsat

British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat plc and the provider of electric, digital and connected solutions for the marine industry ABB Marine & Ports have signed a master supply agreement aimed at tackling an obstacle identified by ship owners which has stopped them using IoT (Internet of Things) technology.A recent 2018 Inmarsat survey of 125 owners found 51% identifying an inability to get data off ships in real-time as their obstacle to IoT adoption.The agreement recognises ABB as a certified application provider to work with Fleet Data…

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