Inmarsat said it has reached an agreement with Campbell Shipping,
a ship management company headquartered in Nassau, The Bahamas,
to migrate its fleet of dry bulk carriers to Fleet Xpress.
The commitment will involve a migration and upgrade from
Inmarsat's XpressLink services to Fleet Xpress, in a move to
ensure ships managed by Campbell ships will continue to have the
best satellite connectivity service available on the market,
according to Capt. Anindya Dasgupta, VP Human Capital, Campbell
"This upgrade will mean our ships will benefit from faster
connections to the Internet, available through a single
cost-effective package," said Capt. Dasgupta. "It will enable us
to accelerate improvements in other areas of vessel IT
infrastructure, allowing more activities and functions to be
supported and carried out on board. Fleet Xpress will help us to
stay ahead of the game."
Campbell Shipping regards resilient and high-performance IT and
communications infrastructure as essential in enabling its
management system, the Campbell Target Operating Model (C-TOM),
to perform to its full potential; ensuring vessel productivity
and safety, and alleviating the isolation sometimes felt by those
working at sea.
"Our success is directly attributed to the company's philosophy
of building better lives for the people we employ," said Capt.
Dasgupta. "Although we are in the business of moving cargo, we
never forget our commitment to our team members. Today's
seafarers want to stay in touch with their families and remain
connected to the rest of the world. Reliable connectivity is
therefore crucial. Faster on-board Internet and low-cost calling
options will result in improved morale, contributing to
productivity and the retention of talent in the company.
"We expect the additional bandwidth provided by Fleet Xpress will
also facilitate closer monitoring of day-to-day vessel operation,
which, over the longer term, will lead to gains in operational
efficiency and cost savings."
Gert-Jan Panken, Inmarsat Maritime's Vice President for Merchant
Marine emphasized Inmarsat's longstanding relationship with
Campbell Shipping, describing the ship manager as "a keen
early-adopter of our latest maritime connectivity solutions."
"The willingness of Campbell Shipping to invest in Fleet Xpress
stems from its sincere commitment to delivering improved levels
of crew welfare. It also reflects the belief that high-throughput
broadband at sea will open new opportunities for enhanced vessel
and fleet operation."