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Inmarsat partner installs Fleet Xpress in China

Anuradha Shukla | April 19, 2016
MCN drive performance optimisation for Nanjing Tanker Corporation vessels.

Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company Ltd. (MCN), partner of Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM has won the largest Inmarsat Fleet Xpress installation project to date, with Nanjing Tanker Corporation of China.

This agreement is significant as it has come only two weeks after the launch of Inmarsat's Fleet Xpress service.

Through this agreement, always-on, next generation high-speed broadband capability will be delivered worldwide to 70 ships.

'Smart shipping' connectivity will drive performance optimisation in crew communications and welfare for Nanjing Tanker Corporation (NTC) vessels.

"Nanjing Tanker Corporation has been pivotal in China's expansion in oil, oil products, specialised chemicals and liquefied petroleum gas transportation," said Gerbrand Schalkwijk, chief sales officer, Inmarsat Maritime. "We are especially pleased that the benefits which Fleet Xpress delivers for vessel efficiency and crew welfare have been acknowledged so quickly after the launch of our game-changing service by one of the companies focused on driving commercial maritime opportunities in China."

Antenna systems roll-out

MCN will be responsible for managing the roll-out of Cobham's SAILOR 100 GX and SAILOR 60 GX antenna systems to NTC.

Both SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 100 GX support high reliability and availability of Fleet Xpress communication services for crew.

This ensures that crew is able to contact friends and family, use social media or browse their favourite websites and forums when they want.

Globally, the demand for crew voice and data services is continuously growing, driving the need for the field-proven reliability of SAILOR satcom antennas. Both vessel owners and operators can leverage SAILOR satcom antennas to get the most from Fleet Xpress, which is expected to contribute significantly to crew recruitment and retention strategies.

"Fleet Xpress with SAILOR antennas will open the way for Nanjing Tanker Corporation to exploit greater use of data and collaboration focused on 'smart shipping' applications, including video conferencing, remote vessel assistance/diagnostics, telemedicine, video surveillance and information management systems for maritime 'big data' applications," said Song Zhen, vice president of Sales and Marketing for MCN.


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