Inmarsat has signed a maritime deal with Japan Radio Company (JRC), which has joined Inmarsat’s group of Certified Application Providers (CAP) offering applications via Inmarsat’s dedicated Fleet Connect bandwidth.
The announcement follows the successful trial of JRC’s Smart Ship Viewer bridge solution onboard Taiwan Navigation’s Handymax bulk carrier Tai Splendor. Taiwan Navigation has now contracted to use Fleet Connect and JRC’s Smart Ship Viewer across its eight new buildings and eight existing vessels.
In a statement, a spokesperson from Taiwan Navigation said: “Taiwan Navigation prides itself on the high quality of its operations and has ambitious plans for expansion within the region. We are moving ahead by investing in new ships and digitalisation and as part of our strategy we are deploying the best available assets to optimise safety and efficiency.”
Hiroshi Miyashita, Manager of SATCOM Business Group at JRC, added: “The SSV is a networked bridge and communications management solution with capabilities including ship monitoring, Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), navigation and routing, Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) downloads, and data sharing using the J-Marine Cloud. Entering into the Inmarsat CAP programme will allow us to use Fleet Connect to provide the dedicated bandwidth that ensures this powerful digital network is available on-demand, to prioritise data traffic and optimise vessel efficiency in a safe and secure way.”
Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, Senior Director, Digital Applications for Inmarsat Maritime commented: “Given the stature of JRC as a provider of advanced marine technology, this new agreement is a major step forward for the CAP programme. The Taiwan Navigation contract is a notable country success for both Inmarsat’s high-speed Fleet Xpress service and Fleet Connect’s dedicated bandwidth in particular.”
He added: “Combined, these agreements add a significant new bridge network option for Fleet Xpress customers worldwide, while also allowing us to demonstrate the reality of Fleet Connect dedicated bandwidth to Taiwan’s widely respected ship owning community. The secure cyber protection provided by Fleet Connect’s segregation from the vessels primary bandwidth was also influential in Taiwan Navigation’s decision. Separation of the JRC SSV network from other traffic, such as crew communications, creates an additional layer of cybersecurity protection.”
Inmarsat’s Certified Application Provider marketplace now hosts over 40 applications designed for ship owners and operators to reduce fuel emissions, enhance vessel performance, improve navigation, train crew and save lives at sea.