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INMARSAT PROVIDES FLEETXPRESS TO MAERSK SUPPLY SERVICE FLEET

INMARSAT PROVIDES FLEETXPRESS TO MAERSK SUPPLY SERVICE FLEET

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 

Mobile satellite communication provider Inmarsat has extended its Fleet Xpress service agreement with Maersk Supply Service to include fleet-wide IoT-based ship management connectivity on separate, dedicated bandwidths.

The extension enables Maersk Supply Service (MSS) to evaluate new vessel performance tools for selection, available through Inmarsat’s Certified Application Provider (CAP) programme. Operating off Europe, the Americas, West Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia, the 30-vessel Maersk offshore fleet includes modern anchor handlers and subsea support vessels. Under a long-term Fleet Xpress agreement, connectivity will now include dedicated Inmarsat Fleet Connect for key digital applications and a commitment to the Fleet Data IoT platform for data acquisition and uploading.

Kasper Thiesen, Head of IT, MSS, said: “Maersk Supply Service is pursuing digitalisation to support optimised fleet management and to improve vessel energy efficiency. Software-based digital solutions have a significant advantage over hardware-based counterparts as they can be deployed fleet-wide at the push of a button. By having the underlying Fleet Data, Fleet Connect infrastructure and sensor data collectors installed on our vessels, we have unlocked a portfolio of digital services which we can deploy to our fleet and bring to market in little-to-no time. As the digital eco-system develops, more solutions will become available, increasing our ability to remain agile and support our journey to decarbonise, and entry into renewable industries”.

Fleet Data enables digitalisation across the full scope of vessel operations, using cloud-based analytics, which is agnostic of OEM-specific applications or sensor technologies. Owner-operators are free to choose which areas will benefit most from predictive analytics and decision-making.

MSS has used Fleet Xpress in combination with Fleet Data to evaluate a number of fuel emissions and ship performance solutions provided through the Inmarsat CAP programme. The trials have resulted in a commercial commitment to SKF One Global Cloud platform that provides condition monitoring and remote diagnostics from SKF Marine and a proof of concept agreement with Yxney Maritime covering the Maress data analytics software for reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, Head of Maritime Digital, Inmarsat Maritime, said: “Maersk Supply Service has been quick to realise that dedicated Fleet Data and Fleet Connect bandwidths satisfy their digital offshore support vessel needs. Hundreds of data points are monitored on each ship, with Fleet Data covering data acquisition and uploading to the cloud, and Fleet Connect bringing the bi-directional communication to stream data to and from the ship.”

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