As the Asia-Pacific region is experiencing extraordinary growth and development, there is also a huge demand for digitization in key commercial sectors, especially in the maritime industry. Inamarine 2022 represents the perfect opportunity for key decision-makers in the offshore, shipbuilding, logistics, port security and environmental sectors to engage with the latest trends in the global maritime industry.
Inamarine 2022 has strong support from the Indonesian government and key trade associations in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. The 10th edition of Indonesia’s largest international trade fair for the shipping and offshore industry, to be held at JIExpo Kemayoran in Jakarta from October 19-21, 2022, is expected to attract more than 500 exhibitors and more than 25,000 visitors from over 15 countries put on. IEC Telecom Group, an international provider of satellite communications services, and Blue C Mobile, a Singaporean provider of maritime solutions, have partnered to offer affordable and scalable digital tools for all ship types in the Asia-Pacific region.
As the modern shipping industry places sustainability and compliance at the forefront, IEC Telecom’s advanced backup solution and Blue C Mobile’s powerful VSAT service bring the benefits of digitization to all market sectors. “The demand for digitization in the APAC region is increasing, especially for small and medium-sized vessels. The partnership between IEC Telecom and Blue C Mobile aims to provide seamless access to a wide range of business and welfare applications for all ship types. This solution is specifically designed for 60cm Ku-band antennas along with a highly optimized L-band network,” says Nabil Ben Soussia, Group CCO and President – Asia, Middle East and CIS, IEC Telecom Group.
The APAC maritime satellite communications market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11% between 2021 and 2026. This progress is being driven by the region’s increasing shipping traffic, evolving maritime safety policies and the critical emphasis on improving safety for shipboard crew and seagoing goods. In China, Japan, Indonesia and India there is a demand for advanced safety systems and seamless onboard connectivity. In fact, demand for data and maritime analytics is expected to grow the market to a valuation of $370 million by 2028.
“Digital technologies have become fundamental to gaining a competitive advantage, and companies across APAC are leveraging digitalization to improve cargo handling, cargo handling, port operations, crew deployment and more,” said Wesley Tham, CEO of Blue C Mobile. “By working with IEC Telecom, we are committed to meeting these critical requirements and ensuring business continuity, particularly for the owners and operators of smaller vessels. Digitization is now available with over 300% more monthly data and 20% savings compared to their current satcom setup.”
Digitization enables the delivery of real-time data that supports effective decision-making to increase operational efficiency, optimize safety processes and reduce fuel consumption. In addition, dedicated onboard connectivity ensures more safety for the crew, precise coordination of their work and better working conditions on board. The cumulative effect of digitization leads to significant cost reduction, reaching up to 30% of savings within the operating budget.
Visitors to Inamarine 2022 can familiarize themselves with Blue C Mobile’s VSAT solution, as well as explore IEC Telecom’s backup system and value-added services. Blue C Mobile’s VSAT solution is powered by an affordable, powerful and lightweight 60cm VSAT antenna. This was designed with the specific needs of small and medium-sized vessels in mind, which typically do not have the space for a costly satellite facility. With an integrated antenna management system and a single cable connection, this compact facility reduces freight and deployment costs for recreational boats, fishing boats and offshore vessels, making VSAT service affordable and accessible.
IEC Telecom’s backup is supported by the OneGate network management system, which enables seamless switching between VSAT and L-Band. The intelligent terminal is controlled via a digital dashboard and allows 24/7 access for ICT professionals on land. In addition, OneGate offers a wide range of applications optimized for maritime communications, including video conferencing, remote maintenance, e-learning, IoT and asset monitoring.
“Digitization is no longer a luxury, but an operational necessity. For years it was perceived as an advantage reserved for certain market sectors. Together with our partner Blue C Mobile we are on a mission to debunk these myths. We have come together to prove that access to technology can be affordable for all vessel types, whether it is a large merchant vessel or a small fishing vessel,” says Mr Ben Soussia.
Source: IEC Telecom