Greece-based Navarino has signed a contract with Inmarsat to add the latter’s Fleet Xpress satellite communications service on over 1,200 vessels over a period of six year.

Fleet Xpress provides high-speed broadband connectivity across all of the world’s oceans, as well as offering new ‘connected ship’ applications.

Inmarsat maritime president Ronald Spithout said: “As a major Inmarsat partner, we are delighted that Navarino shares our vision for Fleet Xpress.

"Together with our partners, we are making the concept of the ‘Connected Ship’ a reality."

“Together with our partners, we are making the concept of the ‘Connected Ship’ a reality; delivering operational and crew welfare benefits that can make vessels more efficient, competitive and profitable.

“Today’s announcement deepens our valuable partnership and underscores Inmarsat’s position in the global maritime business.”

Navarino currently provides satellite communications products and services to all types of merchant vessels and to more than 500 shipping companies across the globe.

The company also offers installation capability at major ports worldwide.

Navarino CEO Dimitris Tsikopoulos said: “Extending our strategic alliance with Inmarsat to bring Fleet Xpress to our portfolio represents a natural progression in a cooperation positioning Navarino at the cutting edge of maritime satellite communications.

“Both companies are committed to growing maritime broadband for diverse customer requirements, and to the investments and support needed to nurture this exciting market.”