Inmarsat signs maritime agreement with Japan Radio Company for Fleet Connect
Inmarsat’s Certified Application Provider Marketplace is now home to more than 40 applications designed for vessel owners and operators.
Inmarsat has signed a maritime agreement with Japan Radio Company (JRC), which has joined Inmarsat’s group of Certified Application Providers (CAPs) offering applications through Inmarsat’s dedicated Fleet Connect bandwidth.
The announcement follows the successful testing of JRC’s Smart Ship Viewer deck solution aboard Taiwan Navigation’s Handymax bulk carrier Tai Splendor. Taiwan Navigation has now entered into a contract to use JRC’s Fleet Connect and Smart Ship Viewer in its eight new buildings and eight existing ships.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Taiwan Navigation said, “Taiwan Navigation prides itself on the high quality of its operations and has ambitious expansion plans in the region. We are moving forward by investing in new vessels and digitization and, as part of our strategy, we are deploying the best available assets to optimize safety and efficiency. “
Hiroshi Miyashita, Director of SATCOM Business Group at JRC, added: “The SSV is a networked communications and bridge management solution with capabilities including vessel monitoring, electronic chart display and information system. (ECDIS), navigation and routing, voyage data recorder (VDR) downloads and data sharing using J-Marine Cloud. Entry into the Inmarsat CAP program will allow us to use Fleet Connect to provide the dedicated bandwidth that ensures this powerful digital network is available on demand, to prioritize data traffic and optimize vessel efficiency in a secure manner. and secure.
Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, Senior Director of Digital Applications for Inmarsat Maritime, said: “Given the stature of the JRC as a provider of advanced marine technologies, this new agreement is a major step forward for the CAP program. The navigation contract with Taiwan is a notable success in the country both for Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress broadband service and for Fleet Connect’s dedicated bandwidth in particular.
He added: “Combined, these agreements add an important new bridge network option for Fleet Xpress customers worldwide, while also allowing us to demonstrate the reality of Fleet Connect dedicated bandwidth to the owner community. of Taiwan’s widely respected ships. The secure cyber protection provided by the separation of Fleet Connect from the main bandwidth of ships also influenced Taiwan Navigation’s decision. Separating the JRC SSV network from other traffic, such as crew communications, creates an additional layer of cybersecurity protection. “
Inmarsat’s Certified Application Provider Marketplace is now home to more than 40 applications designed for vessel owners and operators to reduce fuel emissions, improve vessel performance, improve navigation, train crews and save lives at sea.