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Thursday, November 21, 2019 

Inmarsat, and partners Addvalue Innovation and Network Innovations, have launched the first type-approved IP-based broadband terminal and Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) for fishing vessels operating in United States waters, marking a significant milestone for sustainable fishing.

The Addvalue iFleetONE communications terminal and proprietary VMS have been type-approved in four of the five US Fisheries Management regions, as required by the US National Maritime Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Law Enforcement (OLE). Type approval in the fifth region is expected imminently.

Inmarsat’s Eric Griffin (pictured), VP Offshore and Fishing, said: “We are excited to work with Network Innovations and Addvalue to be the first into the vast US fisheries sector with iFleetONE. This high-speed broadband terminal and VMS combination will transform regulatory compliance, fisheries governance in U.S. waters to sustain fish numbers and protect vital ocean habitats. Meanwhile, commercial fishermen will now have access to voice and data services, enhancing crew welfare and providing reliable communications between fishing crews and their families and friends ashore.”

Licensed US commercial fishing vessels are required to report their GPS positions via a type-approved secure satellite link. iFleetONE VMS is the first and only mobile satellite terminal to provide secure VMS services for NMFS with full-featured voice and IP-based communications capabilities.

The iFleetONE proposition is the first communications and VMS combination to enter the US fisheries market with a terminal and broadband system incorporating IP connectivity based on Inmarsat L-band services. Satcoms systems specialist Network Innovations will provide a range of airtime plans and packages to support the service, both for data and voice communications.

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