Connecting Fishermen to shore: first application for Inmarsat Fleet One now available
MCN Beijing launches fisherman chat application
27 October 2014: Fishermen on board Chinese coastal fishing vessels can now keep in
constant contact with friends, family and colleagues thanks to a brand new application
developed exclusively for Inmarsat’s Fleet One service. Created by Beijing Marine
communication and Navigation Co. (MCN Beijing), Inmarsat’s largest Distribution Partner in
the People’s Republic of China have launched a bespoke chat application for fishermen
called 渔信通, or Fish Chat.
Fish Chat is the first Fleet One application for the Asian fishing market that has been tested
and certified by Inmarsat.
“We are delighted that MCN Beijing has developed an application which is fit for purpose for
the needs and requirements of the local market and optimises the Fleet One service for their
customers” said Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime.
The application fits the particular communications requirements of crew on board Chinese
coastal fishing vessels, providing texting and picture exchange capabilities, and push-to-talk
voice services. The application is available for both Android and iOS devices, enabling
fishermen to chat with their friends and family or colleagues using their own smartphones
“Fleet One has made access to voice and data services more accessible and affordable for
small vessels. With the introduction of the Fish Chat application by MCN Beijing, Chinese
coastal fishing vessels are better positioned than ever to make the most of this
connectivity.” said Guy Sear, VP Business Development and Communications, Inmarsat
Fleet One has already been installed on fishing vessels globally since August; feedback from
captains and crews continues to be very positive.
“We have been doing intensive research and evaluation in recent months on how Fleet One
could be optimised for use by coastal fisheries. In the past, this market has been perceived
as being on the low end for data communications and extremely price sensitive – to counter
this and make it more appealing to the target customer, we designed a tailor-made and
user-friendly application, ” said Cao Desheng, President of MCN Beijing. “We tried other preexisting smartphone chat apps in the market however all of them had difficulty withcontrolling background data volume. As a result we concluded that there was a distinct gap in the market that called for a unique application developed with the needs of these customers in mind.”
Chinese fisherman can order Fleet One plus Fish Chat now via MCN Beijing and its local
distribution partners in fishery ports.
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About MCN Beijing
Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company is under the Ministry of
Communication in China, and is the leading operator providing Inmarsat satellite services,
total solutions and on-going support in China. It has more than twenty years of experience,
market knowledge, and technical expertise in various market segments that include
Maritime，Land Mobile, Aero of various industry segments in China. www.bjmcn.com