Inmarsat’s (LSE:ISAT.L) Fleet Xpress has been specified by Hong Kong-based Fleet Management Limited, one of global shipping’s largest independent third-party ship managers.
Fleet Management Limited (FML), which manages a large fleet of more than 400 vessels consisting of bulk carriers, container vessels, general cargo ships, oil tankers, gas carriers and chemical tankers, with over 14,000 crew, has successfully upgraded all vessels that were previously equipped with Inmarsat’s XpressLink Ku-band service to Fleet Xpress. FML expects to roll out Fleet Xpress 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.
Launched in 2016, Fleet Xpress sets a new standard in maritime communications. The service enhances vessel efficiency, crew welfare and safety, and facilitates ‘connected ship’ applications by delivering the highest levels of reliable high-speed broadband connectivity available from a single supplier on a global scale.
Mayank Mishra, General Manager at Fleet Management Limited, relayed that his company has been working with Inmarsat for more than 20 years—they have proven they are the most reliable satellite communication service provider and partner in the world. We expect to implement Internet connectivity across the majority of our fleet as quickly as possible.