Inmarsat has strengthend its relationship with Satlink Satellite Communications which has entered into a new agreement to integrate Fleet Xpress into its existing service portfolio.
Inmarsat said Satlink will bring more than 1,500 vessels to the Fleet Xpress service over a five-year period.
Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout said: "Satlink is a long-standing Inmarsat Maritime partner and we are delighted to further strengthen our relationship with this significant agreement.
"We are seeing an unprecedented uptake of the Fleet Xpress service since its launch last year, and by working with Satlink, we are able to extend our global reach and expertise to the market.
"The connected ship is no longer a concept, but now rapidly becoming a reality.
"With our, world-leading, high-speed broadband connectivity and a dedicated partner network, together we are revolutionising the industry and delivering tangible benefits in terms of vessel performance, driving operational efficiencies and improving the wellbeing of the crew."
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