LONDON, 3-Jul-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Maersk Supply Service extends Fleet Xpress contract for three years. The contract extension also includes Inmarsat’s new dedicated bandwidth service for charterers, making the leading offshore support vessel operator among the first companies to offer its clients unique high-speed internet access.
Maersk Supply Service has 40 vessels deployed off Europe, the Americas, West Africa, South East Asia and Australia. These vessels include some of the most modern anchor handlers, subsea support vessels and platform supply vessels in the offshore services industry, with 10 built within the last three years. The company is also a strong advocate for digital solutions that use high quality data to optimise vessel operations. Maersk Supply Service recently adopted a new energy advisory system to support its initial target to reduce fuel consumption by 5% by 2020.
“We are delighted that Maersk Supply Service has committed to Fleet Xpress to enable its digitalisation strategy and in particular that the company will use our new dedicated bandwidth service to provide its charterers with their own connection through the same terminal and hardware on the vessel,” commented Eric Griffin, VP of Offshore Energy, Inmarsat Maritime.
The new Fleet Xpress Charterer plans were designed specifically for Offshore Supply vessel operators to meet the increasing connectivity demands of third-party charterers and to run across dedicated bandwidth that does not interrupt the vessel’s primary bandwidth.
“IT solutions that offer us and our customers greater control and flexibility over data management are key to any initiatives that seek to achieve smarter and more agile vessel performance,” added Thomas Stampe, Maersk Supply Service Chief Information Officer.
Fleet Xpress was launched in March 2016 and since then it has been installed on board around 7,000 ships, establishing itself as the maritime industry’s market-leading broadband connectivity option. Market analyst Euroconsult’s 2018 report indicated that Fleet Xpress was the fastest growing maritime VSAT service.
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