'Juliet', a 44m ketch built by Royal Huisman Shipyard, is equipped with the high data connectivity package. The deal was secured through Inmarsat distributor e3 Systems. The system was installed during her recent refit at STP shipyard in Palma de Mallorca.

Inmarsat, the global mobile satellite communication services provider, has completed the installation of the first Fleet Xpress service onboard Juliet, a 44m ketch built by Royal Huisman Shipyard. The deal was secured through Inmarsat distributor e3 Systems.

The Fleet Xpress installation is the finishing touch to a refit in the STP shipyard in Palma de Mallorca. The project involved the installation of a new Sailor 100GX VSAT system and the Inmarsat GX bespoke below deck equipment configuration. The yacht was relaunched at the end of May this year. Juliet has accommodation for eight guests and a professional crew of seven.

“Fleet Xpress delivers an unprecedented level of voice and data connectivity afloat,” comments Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Inmarsat Maritime chief sales officer. “Always-on bandwidth and data speeds that are well suited for Juliet’s unique sailing itinerary ensures that owner and crew will be able to connect wherever they are in the world.

Schalkwijk says vessel operations can also be ‘smart’, using continuously updated weather, chart, mooring, and machine monitoring data. “Once taken up in this market, the bandwidth, accessibility from everywhere and reliability delivered by Fleet Xpress will simply become prerequisites,” he claims.

The Fleet Xpress service delivers high data speeds that are enabled by Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band technology combined with the proven reliability of Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband L-band service.

Inmarsat says it offers the service based on committed data rates backed-up by service level agreements which guarantee that customers always receive the service for which they are paying.

Commenting on the project Roger Horner, group managing director of e3 Systems, says: “e3 Systems installed the first Inmarsat Fleet 77 on-board a yacht in 2002, and the first VSAT in 2004. The installation of Fleet Xpress on a superyacht is a natural progression in a market where owners and crew expect excellent connectivity from the moment they step aboard. We are delighted to continue working with Inmarsat in order to deliver the highest level of communications solutions to our clients.”