MCN Beijing launches new chat app for Chinese fishermen


Beijing Marine Communication and Navigation (MCN Beijing) has launched smartphone chat application Fish Chat to connect fishermen onboard Chinese coastal fishing vessels.

MCN Beijing has developed this new application for Inmarsat Maritime's fleet one, a service tailored to deliver dependable voice and broadband data to smaller vessels.

Fish Chat is available for both Android and iOS devices and will help onboard crews communicate with people on land through texting, picture exchange and a push-to-talk voice service.

"Fleet One has made access to voice and data services more accessible and affordable for small vessels." 

Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout said: "We are delighted that MCN Beijing has developed an application which is fit for purpose for the needs and requirements of the local market and optimises the Fleet One service for their customers."

Launched in May, Inmarsat's Fleet One has already installed the app on fishing vessels worldwide.

Inmarsat Maritime vice-president business development and communications Guy Sear said: "Fleet One has made access to voice and data services more accessible and affordable for small vessels.

"With the introduction of the Fish Chat application by MCN Beijing, Chinese coastal fishing vessels are better positioned than ever to make the most of this connectivity."

Beijing Marine Communication Navigation Company (MCN) is part of China Transport Telecommunication Information Centre (CTTIC); MCN joined Inmarsat on behalf of the Chinese Government and Responsible for Inmarsat business operation and solution management in China.