Inmarsat and OneOcean announce partnership to boost ship-to-shore connectivity

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Satellite communications provider Inmarsat and maritime navigation service OneOcean have announced a partnership to accelerate the progress of digitalisation in the maritime industry.

The multi-phase agreement will bring OneOcean in to become an Immarsat Certified Application Provider (CAP), in a bid to transform ship-to-shore voyage planning software.

Remote deployment of OneOcean technology will reduce set-up time, minimise disruption, and reduce cyber security risk.

Inmarsat said physical deployment of all software has been affected due to lockdown restrictions and growing onboard cyber security concerns. The partnership will enable to global deployment of software through on-demand digital operations.

Customers will benefit from the software, which has been designed to simplify and standardise working practices between ship and shore.

Data capture and sharing with teams ashore will be greatly optimised and allow for improved decision making and real time interventions across an individual voyage or fleet operations.

The operations will be made possible by Fleet Connect, which provides a satellite link between vessels and seafarers around the world. Immarsat’s Fleet Connect combined with OneOcean’s maritime solutions will look to further build digital solutions in maritime.

The software will be deployed over Inmarsat’s Fleet Connect bandwidth service.

The service is separate from crew and business traffic, helps free-up constrained bandwidth for other essential tasks onboard and ensures safety critical navigational tools remain up to date.

Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime, said, “We are delighted to welcome OneOcean to our CAP ecosystem joining over 40 other application providers.

“By using Fleet Connect, vessels can update mission-critical software easily and cost-effectively without installing new hardware, at a time when Covid-19 continues to make ship visits especially challenging.”

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