Inmarsat enables digitalisation, decarbonisation and crew welfare for global shipping with "Fleet Xpress Enhanced"

03 May 2022

Fleet Xpress, enhanced by Fleet Edge, brings together the best of Inmarsat connectivity solutions to help global shipping companies harness the full power of a connected maritime ecosystem

Shipping companies can harness the full power of a digitally connected maritime ecosystem to support their digital transformation via Inmarsat directly or Inmarsat's global network of partners.

The Fleet Xpress Enhanced solution provides access to a wider portfolio of Inmarsat's connectivity products through the Fleet Edge platform and is future proof for seamless integration to Inmarsat's ORCHESTRA network. The modular offering brings unrivalled flexibility to consolidate and scale IT requirements with a combination of satellite connectivity solutions – and takes place over a trusted endpoint security network.

This connectivity supports everything from email and basic office applications to the latest IoT-powered solutions. The Fleet Edge platform allows Inmarsat partners to integrate their value-added services and host applications. By seamlessly connecting onboard IoT sensors to the cloud, shipping companies can select the right combination of global connectivity solutions from Inmarsat or Inmarsat partners to enable crew welfare and safety, while ensuring efficient operations in any weather conditions.

Customers need guaranteed seamless global coverage for fast and secure data transfer – especially at the busy ports, straits and shipping canals where reliable connectivity matters most. The Fleet Xpress solution operates as a fully managed service, powered by Inmarsat's Ka-band network, enabling customers to increase their bandwidth as their digital ecosystem evolves.

Research suggests approximately 70% of shipping companies have already embarked on a "digital transformation journey".* With sustainability and crew welfare initiatives at the top of the corporate agenda, many are now seeking to accelerate these initiatives by implementing solutions that will help to safeguard seafarers at sea, drive voyage optimisation and support regulatory compliance.

Ben Palmer, President, Inmarsat Maritime, said: “The digitalisation of the global shipping industry is putting further pressure on companies to accelerate their transformation projects, and overcome their unique connectivity challenges.

"This latest evolution of Fleet Xpress is not a standard VSAT service – it is a versatile, fully integrated modular solution offering our valued customers a path to operational efficiency, decarbonisation and enhanced crew welfare. The combination of the world's most secure and reliable satellite network with our existing range of value-added connectivity solutions is supporting digitalisation across the industry and improving the safety and performance of international shipping operations."

Inmarsat has already anticipated growth across the sector by funding a significant expansion in its existing satellite network, with the first of the seven new generation GX payloads (I-6 F1) launched at the end of 2021. It also recently announced plans for Inmarsat ORCHESTRA, a ‘network of networks' to help meet future maritime connectivity needs, drawing on Global Xpress (Ka-band), ELERA (L-band), terrestrial 5G and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) network capacity.



About Inmarsat
Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world's most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat's long-established global distribution network includes not only the world's leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.

The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world's most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for more than 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.

Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.

Inmarsat Plc, press release