The agreement comes after both partners completed trials on board three ships over a three month period, testing a variety of sensor-driven applications measuring voyage and equipment operating data including fuel consumption and vibration monitoring, plus HGS analytics and reporting services.

The agreement provides HGS the chance to expand its digital total care solution to encompass different applications aimed at helping shipowners and ship managers to enhance ship efficiency and reduce operating costs.

In addition, the collaboration boosts a cooperation that will include the use of Fleet Xpress Dedicated Bandwidth Services by HGS to support its digital services for shipowners plus recognition of HGS as a Certified Application Partner (CAP) within Inmarsat's digital ecosystem.

By using the Inmarsat CAP programme, software developments are able to choose their own route to digital enablement, either through a Dedicated Bandwidth Service over Fleet Xpress or FleetBroadband or through a dedicated API that allows access to Fleet Data, Inmarsat's cloud-based IoT platform. Therefore, shipowners are presented with a variety of IoT based solutions.

Stefano Poli, VP, Business Development, Inmarsat Maritime, commented in light of the agreement

The Hyundai-Inmarsat agreement is effectively the first of its kind and marks the commercial service introduction of Inmarsat's Fleet Xpress Dedicated Bandwidth Services as part of our portfolio of solutions for Certified Application Providers.

Mainly, HGS was established in 2016 by parent group Hyundai Heavy Industries as a digital transformation solutions provider to optimise ship operation and performance. Since its launch in March 2016, Fleet Xpress has been installed on board around 7,000 ships.