First Fleet Xpress installation for Globecomm Maritime

08 September 2016: Inmarsat Global Xpress Value Added Reseller (VAR) Globecomm Maritime has delivered its first Inmarsat Fleet Xpress terminals to Helikon Shipping Enterprises.

The two units were commissioned in Globecomm’s Biddinghuizen, Netherlands facility and delivered to the Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Cebu shipyard in the Philippines, where two Supramax ships are under construction for Helikon. The vessels are due to complete sea trials by mid-September for delivery in early October.

“Globecomm is very proud to have commissioned Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service,” said President of Globecomm Maritime, Malcolm McMaster. “Helikon has long recognised the value of communications to its business and the strength of the long relationship between our companies has been reinforced as they adopt Fleet Xpress.”

Global fleet

Helikon operates a fleet of 10 Supramax bulk carriers trading worldwide.

“The ability to be reliably connected to the internet when at sea, for both business and crew communications, with redundancy built-in is a strong benefit of Fleet Xpress,” said Helikon Principal Michael Papaioannou.

“Being able to combine that level of connectivity with unlimited data usage at a fixed price means Helikon will be able to leverage better communications as a competitive edge.”

Fleet Xpress combines the high speeds delivered by the Ka-band Global Xpress network with unlimited L-band back-up for continuous connectivity, designed to provide high quality voice and data services across the world’s oceans.