Inmarsat received the SAFETY4SEA Technology Award, sponsored by The American Club, for its ‘Fleet Safety’ which is a new generation maritime data service supporting and anticipating modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, the public service for seafarers supported by Inmarsat since its inception. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: FLIR Systems, Q88 LLC, Rolls-Royce and VIKING Life-Saving Equipment.


Presenting the award Mr. Antonis Bavas, Claims Executive (Greece), The American P&I Club said: “One of the main factors that contribute to maritime security and safety are the satellite-based technologies. INMARSAT is a pioneer in this field and has now a presence in more than 60 locations across every continent and provides through technology, global maritime distress and safety devices to ships, traditional voice calls, low-level data tracking systems, and high-speed Internet and other data services as well as distress and safety services which all contribute to the enhancement of the maritime safety.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Inmarsat, Mr. Peter Broadhurst, Senior Vice President, Maritime Safety & Security Services, stated: “Inmarsat has been driving forward with Global Maritime Distress Safety System modernisation and Fleet Safety is our new generation technology supporting a step change in the capability of this public service for seafarers. In May 2018, Inmarsat secured approvals from the Maritime Safety Committee confirming that Fleet Safety meets mandatory performance standards for GMDSS set by the IMO.”

Fleet Safety is a new generation maritime data service from Inmarsat supporting GMDSS modernization . Fleet Safety received IMO approval in May 2018 and consists of three main elements: SafetyNet II, RescueNet and the new FleetBroadband-enabled Safety Terminal. Fleet Safety enhances maritime safety onboard with scheduled messaging/reminders to eradicate human errors made in MSI broadcasts. The service also prioritizes emergency calls over non-essential calls part of GMDSS. Fleet Safety features data rich services such as chat functionality to support real-time communications between SAR and seafarers.  It is offered as a public service which is free at the point of use. Ship owners and operators can combine maritime safety and broadband data services in a single FleetBroadband or Fleet One terminal making the adoption of Fleet Safety simple and hassle free.‘’Inmarsat has been driving forward with GDMSS modernization and Fleet Safety is its new generation technology supporting a step change in the capability of this public service for seafarers” stated Mr. Broadhurst.

Inmarsat attracted the most votes by the end of the voting period which held online during a two-month period. SAFETY4SEA Awards are held annually within the scope of awarding industry’s outstanding practices for Excellence, Sustainability, Training, Technology, Initiative and Leadership. Other winners of the 2018 SAFETY4SEA Awards are: Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd for the Dry Bulk Operator Award, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co.Ltd for the Tanker Operator Award, Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) for the Sustainability Award, CSMART for the training award, UK P&I Club for the Initiative Award and Capt. Panagiotis Tsakos for the Leadership Award.

Find photos from the awards ceremony at Flickr and explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2018 SAFETY4SEA Awards at