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Inmarsat and Samsung sign ‘smart ship’ MoU

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat

Inmarsat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), under which the satellite operator’s Fleet Xpress service will be integrated into newbuild ‘smart ships’ from the vessel construction stage to provide connectivity for a range of digital processes.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The strategic agreement will see the South Korean yard installing Inmarsat-approved terminal hardware and providing the option to implement applications to cover remote machinery diagnostics and CCTV services, with access via the Fleet Xpress platform from the moment the ship is delivered.

The new service, which has been christened ‘Smart Ship’ by SHI, will also allow owners to harvest data from hull monitors and equipment sensors onboard in real-time, utilising Inmarsat’s dedicated bandwidth for Certified Application Providers (CAPs). 

“This agreement with SHI represents a new chapter in the story of smart shipping and the connected vessel,” said Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime president.

“The Fleet Xpress service allows SHI to build-in new levels of vessel efficiency. This agreement demonstrates that the most forward-looking shipbuilders recognise collaboration as the key to shipping’s exploitation of the Internet of Things. It is also further evidence that Inmarsat and its partners are driving shipping towards value-added applications that are set to digitalise the industry and modes of operation.”

Subject to a definitive agreement, SHI will retain remote connections to vessels, while Inmarsat will support SHI’s services through a dedicated Certified Application Provider subscription.

Inmarsat’s Certified Application Provider (CAP) programme aims to support products that can integrate into an eco-system of applications to derive value from the satellite connectivity it provides, in areas like real-time analysis of data for engine monitoring, weather information and fuel consumption.

“Samsung Heavy Industries considers itself to be a technology leader which has always worked closely with owners to deliver ships that are smart, safe, efficient and sustainable,” said Dr Boo-Ki Kim, director of the Central Research Institute, Samsung Heavy Industries & Construction Co.

“However, the smart ship of today demands intelligent solutions to cover remote operational management and equipment monitoring, and continuous lifecycle services to extend its life. As a global shipbuilder, SHI is partnering with Inmarsat in a mutual growth opportunity to deliver more competitive, next generation satellite-based vessel operations.”{/mprestriction}

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