Satellite communications services provider Inmarsat said it has
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with shipbuilder
Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), establishing a relationship to
leverage the 'smart ship' connectivity offered by Fleet Xpress at
the vessel construction stage.
The agreement envisages the South Korean yard installing
Inmarsat-approved terminal hardware and offering applications to
cover remote machinery diagnostics and CCTV services, to leverage
the satellite communications platform's capabilities from the
moment the ship is delivered.
The new service, which has been christened 'Smart Ship' by SHI,
will allow owners to enhance efficiency by harvesting data from
hull-monitors and equipment sensors onboard in real-time,
utilizing Inmarsat's dedicated 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.
"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 recognize 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
digitalize the industry and modes of operation."
Subject to a definitive agreement, SHI will retain remote
connections to vessels, while Inmarsat will support SHI's
services through a dedicated Certified Application Provider
"Samsung Heavy Industries Co. considers itself to be a technology
leader which has always worked closely with owners to deliver
ships that are smart, safe, efficient and sustainable," said Dr.
Booki Kim, Director of Central Research Institute, Samsung Heavy
Industries & Construction Co. "However, the smart ship of
today demands intelligent solutions to cover remote operational
management and equipment monitoring, and continuous lifecycle
services to extend its life. As a global shipbuilder, SHI is
partnering with Inmarsat in a mutual growth opportunity to
deliver more competitive, next generation satellite-based vessel
One of the most diversified builders of commercial ships in the
world, SHI is a top builder of drill ships, Ultra Large Container
Carriers, LNG carriers and Floating Production Storage and
Offloading (FPSO) helps support its additional expertise in ship
network systems, fuel gas supply and storage systems and ballast
water management systems.
Through its Certified Application Provider (CAP) program,
Inmarsat aims to support and enable products that become part of
an eco-system of applications to broaden and enhance services
beyond connectivity and enable 'value-adds' for end-users.
Applications covering real-time analysis of data for engine
monitoring, weather information and fuel consumption rates can
deliver real gains in operational efficiency, safety and
compliance, IT security and crew welfare.
The CAP program is part of Inmarsat's strategy to support the
global adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the maritime
market, using the unique Fleet Xpress service.
Fleet Xpress seamlessly combines the power of Inmarsat's Global
Xpress network, a high speed, mobile and globally available
broadband service, with its ultra-reliable L band network by
means of the Inmarsat Gateway. The Inmarsat Gateway, with its set
of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) provides
application-triggered bandwidth, a managed-cyber security
solution and flexible third-party subscriptions on board Fleet