Inmarsat has expanded its agreement to deliver maritime broadband to Hapag-Lloyd for 33 extra vessels in a new contract.
Expanding its Fleet Xpress contract for a further five years, some 77 vessels now fall under the very small aperture terminal (VSAT) service.
Under the agreement, the Fleet Xpress hybrid of Ka-band and continuous L-band back-up service replaces Ku-band systems onboard ships merged into the Hapag-Lloyd fleet following the earlier acquisition of United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) in May 2017.
Florian Liebetrau, Director of IT Marine & Maritime Operations, Hapag-Lloyd, commented, ““The further standardisation of our vessel communication systems is central to our Maritime IT strategy.
“The outstanding reliability and robustness of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress as a product played a key role in our decision to expand our commitment.
“Hapag-Lloyd has a mature strategy for its vessel connectivity and management which demands systems-wide predictability, reliability, and integration to sustain our global vision for container transport.”
Hapag Lloyd was one of the first major global shipping companies to commit to Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress following service launch in 2016, transitioning all of its in-house managed ships to Inmarsat’s maritime broadband service for vessel operations and crew connectivity.
The five-year contract envisaged expanding data traffic and scalability to handle fleet growth.
The new agreement includes the flexibility for Fleet Xpress-connected ships that are managed out of house and linked to Hapag-Lloyd operations to be brought under the same contract terms without renegotiation.
Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime, added, “We are delighted to renew and expand the work we do with one of shipping’s most advanced owners for IT, ship-shore connectivity and digitalisation.
“Standardisation and integration are pivotal enablers for corporates. This agreement and its expansion to 33 additional ships clearly demonstrate Hapag-Lloyd’s objectives are being met by the reliability, performance, and service support provided by Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress.”