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Fleet Xpress

Discover the power of Fleet Xpress

Inmarsat have been powering global connectivity and saving lives at sea for over 40 years. And they never stop innovating. With Fleet Xpress Inmarsat pioneered a transformational service to deliver a new level of high-speed performance across the world’s oceans. Providing you with maritime innovation that you can trust, Fleet Xpress combines the high data speeds of our award-winning Global Xpress Ka-band network with the proven reliability of our L-band network to offer unrivaled speed, continuous connectivity, and guaranteed performance for true global mobility.
With Fleet Xpress we go above and beyond to provide you with a platform to enhance safety, operational performance, regulatory compliance, and crew welfare. That’s why over 10,000 vessels rely on Fleet Xpress globally day and night; from tankers to container vessels, fishing vessels to superyachts, offshore support vessels to LNG carriers, our award-winning service is defining a new era of connectivity at sea.

  • 24/7/365 service management, monitoring and support

  • Inmarsat owns and operates the entire network, to ensure secure and seamless user experience and fully automated satellite and beam switching. Unlimited FleetBroadband is included in the Fleet Xpress solution

  • Fleet Xpress is offered globally through the GX (Global Xpress) and Inmarsat-4 (plus AlphaSat) global satellite network. There’s no switching between satellite providers, allowing full optimisation of services across the complete network

  • Standardised terminals and configurations to simplify implementation, usage, training and support. Signal strength is not dependent on the size of the antenna, enabling a smaller antenna compared to an equivalent Ku service

  • Dual ground station structure, ensures the network is fully redundant, robust and always-available. Each satellite uses two teleports, located in separate regions, to avoid service interruptions caused by weather events over the teleport, a common cause of rain fade
  • The revolutionary bandwidth design of Fleet Xpress enables accurate bandwidth planning, management and support with separate pipes for ‘Over The Top’ services

  • Fleet Xpress customers are able to benefit from next generation enhancements (seven new Global Xpress satellites by 2023) using current terminals, enjoying a significant boost in performance, as well as futureproofing their investment


Fleet Xpress Benefits

  • Continuous connectivity
    An integrated solution with FleetBroadband as unlimited back-up purposely designed for mobility: All the network aspects have been designed as a single solution so customers can experience a reliable (always-on) continuous service.

  • Guaranteed performance
    Service level agreements that guarantee network availability and committed data rates so the customer will know that they will get exactly what they pay for and bandwidth planning can be done precisely as the customer can base their estimate on the actual data need.
  • A fully-managed service
    A reliably running solution with minimal management required from customers. In case of support or service needs Inmarsat will provide 24/7 support.
  • Controlled costs
    Simplicity and predictability in cost management with a wide selection of subscription packages all on one invoice.
  • Business applications
    Access to a myriad of applications from a whole ecosystem of Application Providers through Inmarsat’s unique Certified Application Provider Programme that includes many of the world’s leading OEMs, Shipyards and Software vendors.

  • Integrated IoT
    With Fleet Data as default, Inmarsat’s IoT platform allows owners and operators to collect, transfer and analyse data from the vessel in real-time without the need for multiple hardware devices.
  • Edge computing
    The power of Fleet Edge, Inmarsat’s new shipboard ‘maritime-certified software device’ that provides edge computing capability for network switching, ‘over the air’ software updates, application-hosting and Fleet Secure Unified Threat Management services.

  • Crew internet
    Fleet Hotspot is a Hotel-like onboard WiFi and self-serve portal that crew manage themselves with no administration and no smartbox required by the shipping company.

Fleet BroadBand

Proven. Trusted. Resilient.

We’ve been pioneering global satellite connectivity for over 40 years and with FleetBroadband we defined a new era of communication with the world’s first dependable and global broadband network at sea. For the first time mariners could rely on reliable simultaneous access to voice and data with 99.9% network availability. Over 10 years on and it continues to deliver without fail, playing its part to connect more than 45,000 vessels across the globe every single day and acts as the ultra-dependable back-up to our high-speed Fleet Xpress service.

Standard connectivity that won’t leave you stranded

For those fleets that don’t need the power of digitalisation or a high-speed crew internet service just yet, FleetBroadband remains a cost-efficient solution to keep your vessel connected. Easily navigate through tough waters with access to real-time weather reporting, electronic charts and communications from shore-based teams. Improve vessel performance, reduce fuel costs and increase the accuracy of port arrival times with remote diagnostics and better route planning. Guarantee you and your crew can make more than one call at the same time with access to multiple telephone lines and data streams. Meet the operational and safety challenges of your crew and vessel without fail. FleetBroadband keeps running day and night, always, no matter where in the world you are.

Attracting the best crew

Bring your crew closer to the things that matter most with easy-to-use crew calling and internet packages. Stay connected to family and friends, keep up to date on the latest sports results and maintain a happy, healthy and motivated crew. Help reduce your recruitment costs and attract the best crew with flexible, low cost plans that won’t affect business critical communication. Months on the open waters needn’t be boring and isolating with a reliable lifeline to the outside world that will keep your crew coming back voyage after voyage.

Safety lifeline

You’ll never sail alone with us. FleetBroadband works beyond expectation with over 99.9% availability, so when disaster strikes you are always in the driving seat to mitigate against the worst scenario and contact shore for help. We offer free 505 emergency calling as standard to connect you directly to the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) and with distress priority chat you can also contact multiple vessels in your area instantly. Fully GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress Security System) compliant, we continue to strive ahead to set new standards in maritime safety.

With FleetBroadband you can be assured you’ll always be in reach of land no matter where in the world you are. Always-on uninterrupted secure connection globally, guaranteed.

    FBB Features

  • Standard IP data
    Always-on data service for applications such as email and internet access, real-time electronic charts and weather reporting.
  • Streaming IP
    Guaranteed rates for live applications like video conferencing and database synchronisation (FB250 and FB500 only).
  • Satellite voice
    Access up to nine telephone lines from a single terminal with FleetBroadband Multi-voice (three lines on FB150).
  • Enhanced voice services 
    Voicemail and other enhanced call management options are available, including caller identification, caller barring and call forwarding.
  • Crew calling
    Prepay and post-paid options available.
  • GSM calls
    GSM over FB250 and FB500 enables users to make and receive calls and send and receive SMS texts using the pre-paid SIM in their own mobile phone.
  • SMS
    Send and receive SMS text messages to and from other FleetBroadband terminals and land-based cellular networks through your PC or smart device.
  • Safety
    505 Emergency Calling puts vessels directly in contact with a Maritime Rescue Co-ordination centre (MRCC) free of charge for distress calls.
  • Fax
    Circuit-switched data connection for legacy applications such as Group 3 and Group 4 fax (Group 3 only for FB150).

Fleet One

Fishing, merchant and leisure vessels of any size can now access satellite voice and data
services – flexibly and affordably.

Get the latest weather forecast, update charts, check your emails and call home – it’s all possible with Fleet One.

Broadband connectivity for all

Fleet One is specifically designed to meet the low data usage demands of occasional or seasonal users when they move out of VHF or GSM coverage areas. Inmarsat now offers two service plans to put satellite broadband in the reach of any size of commercial or leisure vessel.

Fleet One Global

Fleet One Global offers flexible connectivity for any size of vessel, available for one price anywhere on the world’s seas.

Fleet One Global meets the voice and data needs of a wide range of users, from fishing and regional merchant vessels to global recreational seafarers. There is no vessel size limit.

There is one global rate and a choice of prepaid or postpaid options. Fleet One Global is flexible – you can de-activate and re-activate the service at any time so you only pay for it when you need it – making it ideal for both seasonal and regular users.

Fleet One Global coverage

Fleet One Coastal

With Fleet One Coastal, recreational sailors and small regional fishing boat operators can access tailored airtime pricing in key coastal regions to keep costs down.

The service is aimed at occasional users looking to stay connected without having to worry about cellular coverage or network roaming charges. Competitive rates are available for prepaid use – ideal for one-off trips.

Fleet One Coastal is available to vessels under 500 gross tonnage. Typical users are small fishing and leisure boats up to 24 metres.

Fleet One Coastal coverage and rate regions

All the features you need

Both Fleet One options deliver all you need to stay connected at sea – email and business-critical applications like weather reports and navigation charts, simultaneous voice and SMS texting, plus Inmarsat’s free ‘505’ safety service, which in an emergency directs a call straight through to a Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC). All delivered over the world’s most reliable commercial L-band satellite network using the Inmarsat-4s, with over 99.9% average network availability.

  • Simultaneous voice and IP data at up to 100kbps
  • Compact, low-cost antenna
  • Flexible airtime pricing
  • 505 Emergency Calling
  • Wi-Fi capability to connect smart phones and tablets
  • Easy installation

Compact terminals designed for small vessels

The compact Fleet One antenna weighs from just 2.5kg and measures as little as 27.5 x 22.1cm.

Inmarsat C

Safeguard against the unpredictability of the open water and extreme weather conditions with the mainstay of maritime safety, Inmarsat C. Saving lives at sea since 1999. Guaranteed for reliability and built to last, Inmarsat C and Mini C is a two-way store and forward communication system transmitting messages from ship-to-shore, shore-to-ship and ship-to-ship. Send and receive data from across the oceans including email, SMS, telex, chart and weather updates. The first-ever service approved to meet the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) for Ship Security Alert Systems (SSAS), Inmarsat C is your lifeline to transmit and receive near real-time distress and safety communication.

Your lifeline in distress

When your safety is compromised and there’s no time to send a distress message, instantly call for help with one dedicated distress button. Simply press for five seconds to transmit the distress alert to the nearest Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC). There’s no need to worry about sending your exact position, course, speed or nature of your distress as this is automatically broadcast with your distress alert.

Enhanced Group Calls

Reduce the risk of sailing into dangerous waters by staying informed of the latest maritime safety data, weather reports and search and rescue related information. Receive Enhanced Group Calls broadcast from SafetyNET,  SafetyNETII and RescueNET services. Easily access essential navigational and weather warnings, forecasts and other urgent safety information. Don’t compromise the safety of your crew and vessel. Make data-based decisions and always ensure you can sail with confidence.

Comply with remote monitoring and tracking

Comply with the IMO requirement for Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT), meet regulatory compliance for vessel monitoring and polling, and stay connected to your shore-based operations by sending data reports back to shore including your position, route plan and catch details.

Is it expensive?

Inmarsat C and Mini C is a low-cost system that’s easy to install and maintain. The above deck unit comprises an omnidirectional antenna and compact transceiver designed for any size of vessel.

Is Inmarsat C and Mini C SOLAS compliant?

Yes, the system is fully SOLAS compliant to ensure your vessel meets the standards set by the IMO.

When faced with dangerous conditions that compromise your safety, Inmarsat C will never let you down with a guaranteed connection to those that can help.