One of the largest, most modern and most diversified independent fleets in the world to install Inmarsat’s newest content innovation
6 October 2015: Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) today announced that Maersk Tankers, the owner and operator of one of the world’s largest fleets of product tankers, has chosen to install Inmarsat’s Fleet Media maritime entertainment service on 30 of its vessels as part of a pilot scheme.
Maersk Tankers Head of Vessel IT, Henning Madsen, said “We have chosen to install the new Fleet Media service as we wish to provide our employees with an entertainment system which is up-to-date, with the most recent content and frequently refreshed. We expect that our crew will welcome this new service and it will increase their level of satisfaction onboard.”
Fleet Media is an innovative maritime entertainment solution, which uses Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity to download the latest in Hollywood movies, international films, sports and TV shows to merchant vessels anywhere in the world. This gives crew members access to hundreds of hours of on-demand content that can be watched on a laptop, computer or an iOS or Android smart device via Wi-Fi or physical network connection.
Implementation of the 12 month pilot scheme will commence immediately across 30 of Maersk Tankers’ 80 strong fleet. After evaluation of the pilot, Maersk Tankers will consider if they will continue with Fleet Media and extend the service to cover the entire fleet. The 30 vessels were selected as the company was already in the process of updating communications equipment onboard and identified an opportunity to also upgrade the crew’s entertainment service.
Ronald Spithout, President Inmarsat Maritime said, “We are extremely pleased that Inmarsat has been selected by Maersk Tankers to deliver entertainment content to their crew. By offering the latest catalogue of Hollywood and international blockbusters, news and sport, we anticipate that crew motivation will see a boost and as a result they could see a rise in efficiency. It is a privilege for us to be working with such a leading maritime company and to enable their crews to benefit from the most advanced technology available. We look forward to extending Fleet Media across the entire Maersk Tankers fleet in due course.”
The Fleet Media service will be powered initially by XpressLink and eventually via Fleet Xpress, the maritime broadband service of Inmarsat’s newly launched Global Xpress high-throughput network.
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Maersk Tankers owns and operates a large fleet of product tankers – all built and operated in accordance with the highest standards for quality and reliability. The first dedicated tanker was acquired in 1928, and ever since, the fleet has been expanding and improving to meet changing customer needs. Today, the Maersk Tankers fleet is one of the largest product tanker fleets in the world.