Inmarsat Maritime has announced the appointment of SpeedCast International Ltd (SpeedCast) as a distribution partner for its flagship maritime service, FleetBroadband, and Fleet One, Inmarsat’s new voice and broadband data service for leisure yachts and near-shore fishing boats.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, SpeedCast is a global network and satellite communications service provider. The company has also appointed a Value Added Reseller for Fleet Xpress, Inmarsat’s high-speed broadband maritime service, delivered over the new Global Xpress (GX) constellation.

“SpeedCast is a valuable addition to our partner channel and strengthens Inmarsat’s capabilities across Asia Pacific during a period of unprecedented investment and service development in our maritime business,” says Ronald Spithout, president Inmarsat Maritime.

Commenting on the appointment, Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast, says. “We are very pleased to solidify our partnership with Inmarsat. Is an extension of our existing relationship and a testament to SpeedCast’s strong market position in maritime satellite services, providing communications and IT solutions to meet the unique requirements of our customers.”

SpeedCast’s maritime unit has continued its growth momentum in the marketplace across all segments of the maritime industry, including merchant shipping, offshore services and the leisure market. SpeedCast acquired SatComms Australia, an existing Inmarsat service provider, earlier this year, and has for many years provided VSAT services to Globe Wireless, which was acquired by Inmarsat in January.