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Special FX plans for OSVs launched

Inmarsat is looking to increase its focus on the energy sector with the launch of a new set of Fleet Xpress plans designed specifically to meet the requirements of offshore support vessels (OSVs).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new plans are designed to fit with the frequently changing connectivity needs of OSVs, which are likely to experience more pronounced swings in data usage levels than conventional cargo ships. Inmarsat says it will accommodate these requirements by offering free upgrades and downgrades in service levels during the 36-month contract period.

Using a 1m antenna, Fleet Xpress for OSVs will offer committed information rates (CIR) of up to 3 Mbps for uploads and 6 Mbps for downloads, which can be expanded up to 5 Mbps and 10 Mbps respectively using a larger antenna.

When off-hire, a lower priced 128 kbps/128 kbps link will be available to allow for the transfer of core operational data without the much larger data demands of on-hire periods, while also avoiding early termination costs.

A network service device (NSD) is used to manage the bandwidth and regulate the flow of data traffic. The offer also includes provision for owners to suspend services for up to 180 days, subject to an equivalent contract term extension.

“The global footprint of Fleet Xpress means OSVs can count on reliable connectivity wherever in the world they are deployed,” said Eric Griffin, VP maritime, offshore energy and fisheries, Inmarsat.

“Unlike conventional VSAT installations, Fleet Xpress is designed for seamless global mobility and automated satellite and beam switching, supported by the added resilience of unlimited FleetBroadband back-up.”

“Inmarsat satellites are supported by redundant land-based infrastructure to ensure network availability, as defined in the service level agreements that form part of a subscription.”

The OSV plans can additionally be used in conjunction with new hardware from existing terminal manufacturers that will provide a dual antenna solution to minimise outages caused by line of sight blockages, a common occurrence for OSV vessels due to their proximity to rigs and operations in high seas. This will be managed by a single antenna control unit that will handle the service and switching between antennas.{/mprestriction}

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