Inmarsat Maritime has launched a new fishing pricing plan for the Pacific North West which will make it easier and more economical for regional Fleet One users to get live weather updates, track and trace fish, and send catch reports.
The new single SIM subscription plan represents the latest Inmarsat initiative to enhance vessel performance for Pacific North West fishers, while also ensuring the safety of those at sea. The targeted offer covers the Gulf of Alaska, South East Alaska, and the North West Canadian and US coastal area (Washington, Oregon, and California), as well as parts of the Bering Sea*. It delivers free Fleet One-to-Fleet One voice calls for up to 30 minutes, Pay-as-you-go IP data and the seasonal flexibility to suspend services during inactive periods.
Using L-Band, Fleet One is specifically designed to provide reliable connectivity to low data usage customers operating routinely or intermittently outside VHF or GSM coverage areas. By delivering simultaneous voice and IP data at up to 100 kbps to vessels, it puts satellite broadband within reach of any vessel without users having to worry about network roaming charges. Fleet One has been proven as offering 99.9% availability globally. It also fully supports the free voice distress calls (505) at point of use for safety at sea, which Inmarsat Maritime offers as a public service to the maritime industry.
Inmarsat is working with the fisheries industry across the world to bring a new level of connectivity onboard, to help combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, ensure compliance, improve data transfer, quality and reliability, and enhance crew safety. As part of this initiative in August Inmarsat announced a partnership with the United States Agency for International Development’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) to help commercial fishing crews promote sustainable fishing in Southeast Asia.
* Russian territorial waters and the area surrounding the Bering and Medny Commander islands off the Kamchatka peninsula are considered out-of-region areas.