Inmarsat strengthens presence in superyacht sector

28 September 2018: Inmarsat has appointed partner SSI-Monaco as a reseller of its ground-breaking Fleet Xpress (FX) service.

The strategic agreement, announced at the Monaco Yacht Show, strengthens Inmarsat’s presence in the superyacht market and will answer customer demand for flexible, high-performance broadband connectivity.

Image shows: Rob Myers, Senior Director, Large Yacht and Passenger, Inmarsat Maritime and Dr. Ilhami Aygun, President & CEO, SSI-Monaco

The appointment of SSI-Monaco significantly enhances the service provider’s ability to offer captains and crew access to the world’s only globally available, high-speed satellite broadband network. Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress for superyachts service also delivers a fully-integrated solution for seamless communication, meeting specific sector requirements and providing a global, secure service for the Monaco superyacht cluster.

Strong demand

Rob Myers, Inmarsat Maritime Senior Director, Large Yacht and Passenger, said: “We are really pleased that SSI is joining our Fleet Xpress partner network. It increases our presence in a key region at a time when demand in the superyacht market for reliable, seamless and secure connectivity is growing strongly. Meeting this demand is important to extend the Inmarsat network and secure the support of key partners, such as SSI, to enable fast industry transition to high-speed connectivity.

“Awareness of the differentiated capabilities of Fleet Xpress is increasing rapidly.  It delivers reliable, flexible, high performance superyacht connectivity globally, strengthening Inmarsat’s position as the driving force in the global maritime sector for connectivity at sea.”

Fleet Xpress for superyachts is powered by the Global Xpress Ka-band network, combined with the proven reliability of Inmarsat’s flagship FleetBroadband L-band service. Delivering high data speeds, continuous connectivity and guaranteed performance, the service sets a new standard for maritime global communications with crew welfare, regulatory and operational drivers at its heart.

Seasonal flexibility

Benefits include affordable voice calls, multiple voice options for crew and operations, and high-speed broadband for internet access, plus 24/7 online support by certified engineers. For superyacht clients, Fleet Xpress provides added subscription flexibility to meet seasonal demand changes.

Earlier this year, Inmarsat and SSI-Monaco signed a strategic agreement with the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) to provide Inmarsat services for superyachts in the region.

Dr Ilhami Aygun, President and CEO of SSI-Monaco, said: “The development of our established relationship with Inmarsat ensures we can further enhance our global mobile communications offering for superyachts and offer all the benefits of Fleet Xpress to the superyachts of Monaco. We are looking forward to continuing this powerful partnership and driving new standards for maritime communications.”

Connectivity report

The appointment continues Inmarsat’s expansion of its global partner capabilities, as requests for installations continue to increase. Inmarsat has just launched an in-depth survey of connectivity on superyachts and is holding a series of round table events with superyacht skippers and operators in Europe and USA.

The 2018 Inmarsat Superyacht Connectivity Report is available to download here.

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