Inmarsat has announced that its partner, JSAT MOBILE Communications, has signed an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), to introduce the newly-launched Fleet Xpress service across the majority of its car carrier fleet.
MOL is one of the world's largest shipping companies and is the first owner in the world certified under the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) -- the International Maritime Organisation's emissions scheme to benchmark the impact of technical innovations on ship efficiency.
Gerbrand Schalkwijk, chief Sales Officer, Inmarsat, Martitime, says, "Owners have been eagerly awaiting fully integrated connectivity between ship and shore that delivers an unprecedented scale of redundancy and seamless service virtually everywhere on the planet."
Fleet Xpress is the maritime service powered by the Global Xpress network -- based on Inmarsat's I-5 generation satellites at the FleetBroadband I-4 satellites. Inmarsat has already announced plans for further Ka-band and L-band service enhancements, after contracting with Airbus at the end of 2015 to build the first two satellites in its sixth-generation I-6 fleet.
“Fleet Xpress is the first global maritime high-speed broadband service from a single network operator. High-speed, ultra-reliable connectivity will transform the maritime industry by putting big data at the heart of operating decisions and cost-controlled connectivity in the hands of seafarers,” says Schalkwijk.
Over 5,000 vessels have already committed to the Fleet Xpress service to date.