INMARSAT has announced the launch of Fleet Xpress portfolio, an addition to its existing Fleet Xpress network.

The release of the new portfolio responds to a reported 45% increase in the maritime industry’s data usage in 2021.

The portfolio was designed to increase transparency around users’ data consumption, offer business leaders more control over data usage and ensure users are not paying for unnecessary bandwidth.

Inmarsat Maritime president Ben Palmer said the launch of the portfolio had been a long time coming.

“We have been working hard to create a portfolio that offers what every single maritime business could need,” he said.

Mr Palmer said the new service will enable Inmarsat to help users meet connectivity needs unique to each vessel.

“The new Fleet Xpress portfolio offers more accessible entry points for a wider range of new customers, a more linear and iterative upgrade path, and more flexibility to tailor data usage to individual customers’ needs,” he said.

“We’re excited to roll out the new additions to Fleet Xpress and to continue delivering the best-in-class connectivity every shipping company needs to navigate their digitalisation journeys in the years ahead.”

Inmarsat noted the portfolio’s advantages for crews as the boost to streaming capacity and speeds on vessels would enable better connection with home.

The Fleet Xpress portfolio will also introduce a fair access policy and data monitoring via a self-service portal.