(LONDON) — Inmarsat, a leader in global mobile satellite communications, is a founding member of Asia’s first Decarbonizing Shipping initiative to harness the power of startups to meet U.N. targets on greenhouse gas emissions, which launched earlier this month.
The regional initiative, based in Singapore, is part of the Trade & Transport Impact (TTI) program from venture development firm Rainmaking to bring startups together with backers with maritime experience and expertize. Inmarsat joined the first two cycles of TTI, held in Europe in 2019, which scouted 1,200-plus startups and led to 24 collaboration projects.
Backed by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore, the new initiative is expected to identify 1,000-plus projects offering models to tackle decarbonization, with selected startups to be matched with maritime industry leaders willing to build collaborative pilot projects. Alongside Inmarsat, other confirmed partners include Cargill, DNV GL, Hafnia, MC Shipping Inc., Vale and Wilhelmsen.
“This is a list of organizations whose significance for the maritime industry speaks for itself,” said Ronald Spithout, president, Inmarsat Maritime. “Shipping and its customers are demanding solutions and technology to address the decarbonisation targets set by regulators and this is where startups and market disruptors come in.”
The International Maritime Organization is targeting a 50 percent cut of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships by 2050, and average carbon intensity (CO2 per tonne-mile) reductions of 40 percent by 2030 and 70 percent by 2050 compared to 2008 figures.
Inmarsat’s recent research report "Trade 2.0: How Startups are Driving the Next Generation of Maritime Trade," predicted the value of ship technology rising from $106 billion to $278 billion by 2030 driven in part by innovators and disruptors providing solutions that will help monitor and cut emissions.
“Despite the hard targets and willingness to invest, nobody actually knows how to meet the challenges,” said Spithout. “TTI in Europe in 2019 showed how effectively this program identifies startups that can make a difference and joins them up with the maritime leaders that make things happen. This is an initiative focused on action, rather than words.”
In the past year, Inmarsat has launched its own IoT platform, Fleet Data, and its own dedicated bandwidth service, Fleet Connect, and has continued to develop its Certified Application Provider (CAP) program which now has over 20 certified providers including ABB, NAPA, Hyundai Global services and Nautilus Labs.
As part of the program, Inmarsat will provide a unique and fast-tracked opportunity to selected companies to become a Certified Application Provider allowing the selected startup to accelerate the scale-up of their application through extended outreach and removing the need for their own solution-specific hardware.
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