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MOL opts for Fleet Xpress for 'greener and smarter' shipping

MOL opts for Fleet Xpress for 'greener and smarter' shipping
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is installing Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service on its car carriers in a bid to make them “smarter and greener”.

MOL is to install the high speed, always on internet service on most of its car carrier and said it would “pivotal in its continuing drive towards ‘smarter and greener shipping’ operations”.

Installation of Fleet Xpress will take place during planned drydockings of vessels in the fleet.

“Fleet Xpress is the first global maritime high-speed broadband service from a single network operator,” said Gerbrand Schalkwijk, chief sales officer, Inmarsat Maritime.

“High-speed, ultra-reliable connectivity will transform the maritime industry by putting big data at the heart of operating decisions and cost-controlled connectivity in the hands of seafarers.”

MOL was the first owner in the world certified under the IMO’s Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) emissions scheme to benchmark the impact of technical innovations on ship efficiency.

Fleet Xpress was launched earlier this year and Inmarsat said over 5,000 vessels are already committed to taking up the service.