(LONDON) — Crowley Maritime Corp. has agreed to a contract to install Fleet Xpress from Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, on a majority of its vessels.
The 127-year-old Florida-headquartered business owns, operates and manages a diverse fleet of almost 100 vessels, including conventional and dual fuel (liquefied natural gas/LNG) containerships, tankers and ship assist and offshore services tugboats and barges.
The deal was signed following successful trials in Alaska on the Aframax tanker California and the recently reflagged vessel Rio Grande Express, which helped showcase the combination of high-speed Fleet Xpress on Ka-band with continuous back up from FleetBroadband on L-band, significantly enhancing stability of communications and available uptime.
“Communication needs for an operator with a variety of vessel types like Crowley are rapidly increasing and we require a level of performance and reliability that is proven and trusted, with a dedicated support network that is continuously available," said Capt. Rodney Jones, director of operations integrity with Crowley Global Ship Management. "Fleet Xpress meets this demand and proved very successful in the trials that were carried out on the California in Alaska and the Rio Grande Express operating in a liner service.”
All vessels covered in the agreement will install either a Fleet Xpress GX60 or GX100 terminal from Intellian and an Infinity smartbox solution that will allow the vessels to access a number of value-added services, including bandwidth control and remote user management.
With over 8,500 installations across the world, Fleet Xpress has emerged as the market-leading pathway to digital transformation for shipping companies in order to deliver improved vessel and fleet efficiency, boost profitability and enhance seafarer well-being.
“This new contract with Crowley, one of the leading operators of a diverse fleet, confirms that vessels anywhere in the world and of all sizes and types can secure the operating efficiency, digitalization and crew welfare gains available from Fleet Xpress with our global high-speed performance, reliable coverage and 24/7 support,” said Gert-Jan Panken, vice president of merchant, Inmarsat Maritime.
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