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Crowley Maritime signs up to Fleet Xpress

(5 May 2020 - Inmarsat) Crowley Maritime has agreed a contract to install Inmarsat Fleet Xpress on the majority of its vessels.

The 128-year old Florida-headquartered, global energy, maritime and logistics services company owns, operates and manages a diverse fleet of close to 200 vessels including conventional and dual fuel (LNG) container ships, tankers and articulated tug-barges, and ship assist and offshore services tugboats, and various other types of barges.

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California in Kodiak, Alaska (courtesy: Crowley Maritime)

The deal was signed following successful trials in Alaska on Aframax tanker, California, and the recently reflagged vessel Rio Grande Express, which helped showcase the combination of high-speed Fleet Xpress on Ka-band with continuous back up from FleetBroadband on L-band, significantly enhancing stability of communications and available uptime.

Support network

According to Captain Rodney Jones, Director Operations Integrity with Crowley Global Ship Management, Inc: “Communication needs for an operator with a variety of vessel types like Crowley is rapidly increasing and we require a level of performance and reliability that is proven and trusted, with a dedicated support network that is continuously available.

“Fleet Xpress meets this demand and proved very successful in the trials that were carried out on the California in Alaska and the Rio Grande Express operating in a Liner service.”

All vessels covered in the agreement will install either a Fleet Xpress GX60 or GX100 terminal from Intellian and an Infinity smartbox solution that will allow the vessels to access a number of value-added services, including bandwidth control and remote user management.

Digital transformation

With over 8,500 installations across the globe, Fleet Xpress has emerged as the market-leading pathway to digital transformation for shipping companies in order to deliver improved vessel and fleet efficiency, boost profitability and enhance seafarer wellbeing.

“This new contract with Crowley, one of the leading operators of a diverse fleet, confirms that vessels anywhere in the world and of all sizes and types can secure the operating efficiency, digitalisation and crew welfare gains available from Fleet Xpress with our global high-speed performance, reliable coverage and 24/7 support,” says Gert-Jan Panken, VP of Merchant, Inmarsat Maritime.