Inmarsat Pens MoU with SHI to Boost Vessel Efficiency Using Fleet Xpress

Tuesday September 5, 2017

Inmarsat today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to leverage the "smart ship" connectivity and boost vessel efficiency through the installation of Fleet Xpress at the vessel construction stage.

The new service will enable vessel owners to enhance efficiency by harvesting data from hull-monitors and equipment sensors onboard in real-time, utilising Inmarsat's bandwidth for Certified Application Providers (CAPs).

"Uptake of Fleet Xpress has been phenomenal since its launch in 2016 with over 10,000 vessels now committed to using the service," said Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President, adding: "this agreement with SHI represents a new chapter in the story of smart shipping and the connected vessel.

"The Fleet Xpress service allows SHI to build-in new levels of vessel efficiency. This agreement demonstrates that the most forward-looking shipbuilders recognise collaboration as the key to shipping's exploitation of the Internet of Things. It is also further evidence that Inmarsat and its partners are driving shipping towards value-added applications that are set to digitalise the industry and modes of operation."

Subject to a definitive agreement, SHI is set to retain remote connections to vessels with Inmarsat providing support to SHI's services through a dedicated CAP subscription.