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Inmarsat has published a new report focusing on the way technology can benefit crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea, at a moment when COVID-19 has exposed the welfare of seafarers to global scrutiny.

North Sea operator Atlantic Offshore has adopted Fleet Secure Endpoint from Inmarsat to protect against ongoing cyber threats.

Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) technology provider Altitude Angel has joined forces with Inmarsat to develop and deliver advanced flight tracking and management capability for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones.

Inmarsat is ramping up its response to COVID-19 with additional initiatives to improve seafarer wellbeing. These initiatives include further collaboration with ISWAN (International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network) and maritime charities, the launch of a new chatcard and the wider roll-out of a COVID-19 video telemedicine call service.

Laskaridis Shipping Company has recently completed the rollout of Inmarsat Fleet Xpress across its fleet of more than 40 bulkers. Having previously used Fleet Broadband, the upgrade to the Fleet Xpress 2 MB/s MIR plan is part of a forward-thinking modernisation process, in conjunction with Navarino, as the company moves towards a fully digital fleet.

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Successful trials in Alaskan waters onboard the Aframax tanker California contributed to the decision by Crowley Maritime to install Fleet Xpress across the majority of its fleet.

US shipowner and manager Crowley Maritime has signed up the majority of its fleet to Inmarsat’s high-speed broadband Fleet Xpress service.

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FrontM, a collaboration software provider to the maritime and aviation industries, has collaborated with Inmarsat and maritime medical operations and healthcare solutions provider, VIKAND, to provide seafarers with immediate access to a COVID-19 healthcare hotline. This service will deliver frontline medical information to the shipping industries and seafaring workforce at a time when they need it the most.

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‘A quiet revolution - the maritime innovation ecosystem in Japan’, is a new report that explores the commitments to Internet of Things (IoT)-based ship and crew management already made by corporate Japan and offers unique insights into the country’s emerging start-up culture.

In a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on seafarer well-being, Inmarsat has formalised a sweeping 50 per cent discount for crew voice calling services available for up to 40,000 ships for three months until the end of June.

Inmarsat has become a founding member of Asia’s first ‘Decarbonising Shipping’ initiative to harness the power of start-ups to meet UN targets on greenhouse gas emissions, which launched earlier this month.

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