Globecomm went to the Philippines to deliver its first Inmarsat Fleet Xpress terminals. Helikon Shipping Enterprises commissioned the terminals from Globecomm’s Biddinghuizen facility and delivered to the Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Cebu shipyard. Currently the ships should be ready for sea trials in October, making this the first commission of Fleet Xpress by Globecomm.
President of Globecomm Maritime, Malcolm McMaster said, “Globecomm is very proud to have commissioned Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service. Helikon has long recognized the value of communications to its business and the strength of the long relationship between our companies has been reinforced as they adopt Inmarsat Fleet Xpress.”
Helikon operates a fleet of 10 Supramax bulk carriers trading worldwide. The new buildings are both ‘TESS 58 Aero’, a highly efficient design featuring a number of innovative fuel saving features, including aerodynamic optimization with low drag hatch coamings and accommodation block.
Helikon Principal Michael Papaioannou said, “The ability to be reliably connected to the Internet when at sea, for both business and crew communications, with redundancy built-in is a strong benefit of Fleet Xpress. Being able to combine that level of connectivity with unlimited data usage at a fixed price means Helikon will be able to leverage better communications as a competitive edge.”
Fleet Xpress is a new global service from Inmarsat, combining the high speeds of Ka-band with unlimited L-band back-up for continuous connectivity, designed to provide voice and data services across the world’s oceans.