Inmarsat and Hyundai have signed an agreement whereby the shipbuilder’s subsidiary, Hyundai Global Service, will use dedicated bandwidth from Inmarsat to offer shipowners and managers a digital care package for new ship deliveries.

Inmarsat’s new Crew Xpress service onboard vessels is set for a full commercial launch this month, following its trial by a number of Asian shipping companies since January this year.

The Athens residence of UK ambassador to Greece, Kate Smith was the focus of a 'cyber attack' 5 March, but UK expertise in cyber security prevailed. The attack was the showcase of a presentation at the residence by the UK Society of Maritime Industries, which allowed attendees during a presentation on the challenges of maritime cyber security to take part in a tailored cyber 'war game'.

Mobile telecoms body Inmarsat has enhanced its maritime cyber security service, Fleet Secure, with two new additions: intelligent endpoint security for onboard computers and a mobile training app for crew.

A packed audience of nearly 200 heard strong opinions as to whether or not the maritime industry is ready to embrace smart shipping at a parliamentary-style debate held on the opening day of the Seatrade Maritime Middle East event in Dubai on Monday.

Are the maritime industries about to be revolutionised by smart shipping or is the sector not yet ready for the fourth industrial revolution? It is a highly emotive subject and the Parliamentary Debate at Seatrade Maritime Middle East will see six leading industry executives, all with strong opinions debate the motion: “This House believes the shipping industry is not yet ready to embrace smart shipping”.

Inmarsat has launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) service developed in partnership with Danelec Marine which allows owners and managers to access and analyse realtime data from vessels more effectively.

Shipowners are set to spend an average of $2.5m on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions over the next three years based on the findings of a report commissioned by Inmarsat.

Inmarsat's monopoly on satelllite provision of the mandatory Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS) looks set to end with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) approving Iridium to also provide the service subject to it passing stringent tests.

Inmarsat says its Fleet Xpress (FX) product is continuing to gain traction and is now fitted to 2,600 vessels and that over 10,000 ships are committed to join the service.

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