Inmarsat has signed an agreement with Brazil-based startup i4sea to join a fast-growing group of certified application providers for Fleet Data. Recently, Inmarsat closed an agreement with Nautilus Labs, as well.
i4sea will provide a high-precision sea and weather forecasting application with up to seven days forecasting in advance through i4cast®’s Atm Ocean ® tool for Fleet Data, the maritime industry’s first secure IoT platform which extracts data from sensors and uploads it to a secure central cloud-based database for easy access with no additional airtime cost.
The partnership came as a result of the Bluetech Accelerator, a programme created by the Portuguese Ministry of the Sea in 2019 to create an ecosystem of maritime innovation and business acceleration.
i4sea was one of 20 startups around the world – and the only one from Latin America – selected to develop pilot projects with maritime market leaders including Inmarsat.
“We are delighted to be working with such an innovative start-up such as i4Sea, a company we worked with as part of the Portuguese Bluetech accelerator programme earlier this year,” said Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, Head of Digital Solutions, Inmarsat Maritime.
“This tie-up will allow ship operators and managers to both route plan and improve terminal efficiency and this is all achieved through the i4sea application on Fleet Data and via a secure platform that is fully scalable, fleet-wide and now commercially available on both Fleet Xpress and FleetBroadband.”
“As a Certified Application Provider, we will be constantly developing new features to generate increasingly powerful tools for the maritime market,” says i4sea CEO Bruno Balbi.
“Working with a company like Inmarsat is really a great deal for i4sea and this is the first smart system that integrates into a single platform, all the essential tools to support decision making regarding vessel manoeuvres and port terminal’s operations,” he said.
Six integrated tools are offered and include services such as ocean and weather hyperlocal forecasts, dynamic draft prediction, terminal efficiency analytics and analysis and prediction of siltation or erosion dynamics of the seabed.
Currently, i4sea’s clients include Brazilian companies such as TECON Salvador (Wilson, Sons), Açu Petróleo, CSN Coal and Ore Terminal, Cotegipe Port, Bahia’s Maritime Authority, Itajaí Port, Enseada, among others. There are also international contracts with the ports of Leixões and Sines, in Portugal.