Inmarsat Maritime President Frank Coles joined Transport Minister Stephen Hammond and other London International Shipping Week (LISW) dignitaries to open trading on the London Stock Exchange.
Inmarsat is Platinum sponsor of the inaugural LISW, which aims to highlight the UK capital's vital role in the positive development of global shipping.
The week-long schedule offers high-level networking opportunities for leaders across all sectors of the international shipping industry.
As part of the programme, Ship Efficiency: The Event – a conference and exhibition organised by maritime events company Fathom in association with Inmarsat – is looking at ways to improve operational and vessel efficiency.
Ship Efficiency: The Event takes place on 10-11 September at Church House conference centre in Westminster, central London, with representation from Maersk Maritime Technology, Wärtsilä, the Baltic and International Maritime Council and the American Bureau of Shipping.
Inmarsat will also chair a free-to-attend seminar on the second day of the event entitled “Driving profit through integrated operations”.
The seminar will include speakers from Eniram, AWT, UK HO and Pole Star and is designed as an open forum to discuss practical solutions and strategies for improving operational and vessel efficiency and, overall, the bottom-line profit.
Inmarsat Maritime President Frank Coles will give keynote addresses at the opening session of Ship Efficiency: The Event and at the LISW gala dinner at Grosvenor House on 12 September.
He commented: “As the global maritime industry continues to operate in an extremely tough environment, ship owners are looking for fresh solutions to optimise the efficiency of their fleet operations.
“Satellite communications are central to addressing these concerns and for opening up new options.
“My message to ship operators is that they can make significant operational efficiencies in areas such as fuel expenditure and emissions reduction if, and only if, they change their mind-set towards satellite communications.”