Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, has established an agreement with Geoquip Marine allowing the offshore geotechnical solutions provider to offer dedicated Fleet Xpress bandwidth as part of its vessel charter agreements and separate connectivity for on-board personnel.
Four Geoquip integrated geotechnical vessels have introduced Fleet Xpress Charterer Network services for the exclusive use of charterers as well as connectivity via Wi-Fi Fleet Hotspot services for those working offshore. In a configuration unique to Inmarsat, Fleet Xpress enables connect multiple networks to the vessel via a single antenna, with activation requiring no new hardware or installation work on board.
The vessels currently operate off the east coast of the United States, off Taiwan and in Europe. “Effectively, the customer has their own private and fully secure charterer network to manage geographic data, and Wi-Fi Fleet Hotspot connectivity for personnel using prepaid or pay-as-you-go data usage models” , said Eric Griffin. , Vice-President Offshore and Fisheries, Inmarsat Maritime. “The customer controls who sees the data, guaranteed and maximum information rates (CIR and MIR), and analytics management.”
Nico Meijering, Head of Marine Operations at Geoquip Marine, said, “Using the full capabilities of Fleet Xpress, we can offer our customers their own separate network to deploy the committed and maximum information throughput capacity they require. . The ability to use multiple separate networks to connect to the ship also improves cybersecurity. »
“Being able to offer Charterer Network service to drilling companies without adding hardware gives the Fleet Xpress user a competitive advantage at the bidding stage,” Griffin noted. “Low-speed networks need additional antennas to support comparable service. The Split Network capability is a base capability for Fleet Xpress, activated on demand. We expect others to follow Geoquip’s lead.
“Providing a dedicated high-speed network for crew and contractors via Fleet Hotspot offers a major improvement in onboard well-being,” added Griffin. “Inmarsat monitors usage and adjusts capacity to reflect the needs of those working at sea.”
The crew is also instructed on how to access SeafarerHelp and the ISWAN (International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network) portal which includes a free, confidential and multilingual telephone assistance facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a day. year.
The Charterer Network/Fleet Hotspot offering provides yet another example of Inmarsat’s redoubled commitment to providing flexible services for maritime and offshore customers. It recently unveiled ORCHESTRA – the first multi-dimensional network of its kind, integrating Inmarsat’s ELERA (L-band) and Global Xpress (Ka-band) networks with 5G terrestrial capability, in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to meet the growing demands bandwidth and eliminate congestion at hotspots, including busy ports and shipping channels.
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