Inmarsat has secured a third maritime agreement in as many days. On September 30, Inmarsat announced that Navigazione Montanari (Navmont), owner of an Italian crude oil tanker, is going to renew and broaden the utilization of Fleet Xpress services throughout 13 ships, with plans to transfer 5 more tankers from rival company services to the Inmarsat’s maritime broadband providers by the close of the year 2021. The fleet Secure Endpoint cyber defence protection, Flee Care proactive maintenance and support, and Inmarsat’s Fleet Data IoT platform are all included in the deal.
Interestingly, Navmont is one of the very first Inmarsat Fleet Xpress customers to use Fleet Care service maintenance assistance. Fleet Care is a service that replaces yearly maintenance agreements with support from Inmarsat experts at ports throughout the world without paying hourly charges. Navmont will also retain distinct bandwidth channels for the crew connectivity and vessel management, with the agreement allowing for request-based adjustments to business data usage.
Inmarsat has recently been quite active in the maritime business. It already announced agreements with Petredec and Solstad Offshore at the close of September, as it seeks to increase revenue in the maritime sector.
“After Inmarsat debuted Ka-band services 4 – 5 years ago, everything altered in the maritime business.” It has provided the satellite availability, stability, and reliability that we require for ship-to-shore synchronization. Crews can also use the service to stay linked to the Internet and communicate with friends and family back home. In addition, Ka-band provides the throughput speeds needed to upgrade software fleetwide as a portion of day-to-day operations, according to Giovanni Campanelli, Navigazione Montanari’s ICT Manager.
Inmarsat is a satellite telecommunications firm based in the United Kingdom that provides global mobile services. It offers voice and data services to the users all over the world through portable or mobile terminals that communicate with ground stations via 14 geostationary telecommunications satellites. Governments, relief groups, media outlets, and enterprises (particularly in the mining, shipping, and airline industries) who need to communicate in distant areas or where there is unstable terrestrial network can use Inmarsat’s network. Connect Bidco, a partnership comprised of Warburg Pincus, Apax Partners, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, acquired the company in December 2019 and listed it on London Stock Exchange.
With four geostationary satellites, the Inmarsat I-5 satellites offer global coverage. Each satellite can handle 89 beams, giving it a total coverage of around one-third of Earth’s surface. In addition, each satellite has six steerable beams that can be shifted to provide more capacity to certain places. An Ariane 5 rocket launched the first satellite to augment the original four-satellite first-generation Global Xpress network from Guiana Space Centre on November 26, 2019.