Mackay Communications and Inmarsat sign Fleet Xpress partner agreement

17 October 2017: Marine electronics and airtime service provider Mackay Communications has partnered with Inmarsat to distribute Fleet Xpress to the global maritime market – including deep sea vessels, commercial fishing, oil and gas, defence, and cruise-passenger lines.

Mackay will offer a complete end-to-end Fleet Xpress package including the full range of airtime service options and choice of approved antennas. The partnership will also include a global 24/7 installation and service agreement; leveraging Mackay’s technical expertise to support the rapidly growing installation and conversion opportunities for Fleet Xpress systems in ports worldwide.

“Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service delivers seamless and reliable global connectivity at high-speeds, with automatic and unlimited fail-over to FleetBroadband when needed, and all for a predictable flat monthly rate. This is what our customers need to operate their business efficiently, while contributing to the health and welfare of their crews,” said Matthew Krupinski, Director of Satellite Services at Mackay Communications.

Unique package

The partnership will enable Mackay to offer customers a future-proof communications package, unique in the maritime industry, providing global high-speed coverage, dual Ka- and L-band antennas for continuous connectivity, together with speeds and service guarantees previously only available with much larger, high-power antennas.

“Mackay has been a long standing Inmarsat partner and over the 30 year relationship they have invested in and developed a strong and talented team of specialists to support the evolving needs of the maritime market,” said Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Chief Sales Officer, Inmarsat Maritime.

“Fleet Xpress is more than just a satellite communications service, the double award winning service is powering a data revolution, bringing unrivalled vessel efficiency and communication benefits to crew. We are setting a new standard in maritime communications and we’re excited Mackay is joining our Fleet Xpress partner network.”

Fleet Xpress customers will benefit from Mackay’s expertise in satellite communication systems and reputation as a turn-key integrator for new-build and retro-fit customers of all vessel classes. Mackay’s dedicated Satellite Services Division provides 24/7 technical system support, consolidated billing, and a team to advise on terminal and airtime plans to match client requirements and budget.