Inmarsat and OneOcean have joined forces to supply voyage planning software and updates over Inmarsat’s high-speed Fleet Connect dedicated bandwidth service
OneOcean has become an Inmarsat certified application provider (CAP) to deploy route planning services, updates and improve ship-to-shore integration of navigation information.
This agreement enables remote deployment of OneOcean technology, minimising the need for physical deployment of software at a time when coronavirus lockdowns are restricting engineer visits to ships.
“We are constantly developing new software and looking at ways to improve the ship-to-shore integrated experience,” said OneOcean chief executive Martin Taylor.
“This partnership supports our mission to break down barriers and create the connected ship,” he said.
Remote deployments will reduce software set-up time, minimise operational disruption and reduce cyber risks. OneOcean will offer software deployment through on-demand and cyber-secure digital operations through Fleet Connect. This dedicated bandwidth is separate from crew and business traffic, freeing-up constrained bandwidth for other essential tasks on board.
Fleet Connect ensures safety-critical navigational tools remain up to date, said Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout. “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,” he said.
“This is the first part of an agreement through which two leading companies have identified collaboration as the most competitive and practical route towards fully digitalised voyage planning and navigation.”
Through this agreement, shipping companies can extract the maximum value from using OneOcean voyage planning and compliance software. Data capture and sharing will be optimised, improving decision making and real-time intervention across an individual voyage or fleet operations, said OneOcean.
Fleet Connect provides an uninterrupted satellite link between tens of thousands of vessels and seafarers across the world’s oceans using Inmarsat’s network of geostationary orbit satellites, including those within the Global Xpress constellation for Ka-band connectivity and L-band FleetBroadband.
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