4 July 2017: Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service has secured one of the maritime industry’s leading honours, the prestigious Seatrade Award 2017 for Digital Technology, which recognises technical innovation.
Collected by Drew Brandy, Senior Vice President, Market Strategy, Inmarsat Maritime. Presented by Mr Zhang Hui, Director, European Regional Centre, China Classification Society and Vanessa Stephens, Global Events Director and Managing Director Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent, Seatrade
Given to acknowledge the most significant contribution to “moving the maritime industry along the digital technology track”, the Seatrade 2017 Digital Technology Award winner is selected by a special panel of judges, appointed by Seatrade for their knowledge of “Intelligent Shipping”.
Inmarsat Maritime Senior Vice President Market Strategy, Drew Brandy, accepted the Award on 30 June. He said: “This is a reward for our entire Inmarsat team, recognising the extraordinary work behind the development, launch and delivery to market of Fleet Xpress.
“Setting a new standard in maritime communications, Fleet Xpress constitutes shipping’s real-world digital revolution, bringing unrivalled vessel efficiency and communication benefits to crew, and reinforcing our firm commitment to the future of connectivity at sea. With more than 10,000 ships now committed to Fleet Xpress, this award underpins the success of the service.”
Fleet Xpress is the first and only globally-available, high-speed satellite network owned and managed by a single operator. It is the truly innovative service platform that is delivering the benefits of continuous connectivity, big data and ‘digital disruption’ to shipping.
Mr Brandy said that the rapid uptake of Inmarsat Maritime’s Fleet Xpress since its launch in March 2016 demonstrated that shipping can participate fully in the digital revolution, at a time when the term ‘innovation’ is often overused in the maritime industry.
Fleet Xpress delivers game-changing maritime connectivity, enabling a powerful combination of vessel efficiency gains and improved business intelligence analytics that changes the way shipping does business, he said.