GEO IoT Satellite


CITC is committed to bringing connectivity into unconnected areas using innovative solutions, which further our efforts at enabling non-terrestrial technologies in areas without coverage.

In cooperation with Inmarsat and Zamil Marine, we are unlocking the potential of IoT over GEO Satellites. The trial explored the technology and assessed its capabilities of connecting offshore vessels and utilising data-driven insights from Inmarsat’s application partner, VPS Decarbonisation, to reduce emissions from operations.


As the maritime industry becomes more digitally mature, their requirements for collecting, analysing, and transferring data to various stakeholders continue to grow, they need to be able to rely on stable, secure network connections with ample bandwidth.

Inmarsat continues to expand its ecosystem of digital solutions, and value-added services to support the industry’s rapid digital transformation.

These digital services enable Ship Owners and Managers, such as Zamil Marine, to overcome complex data access challenges and start to see tangible benefits from analysing and understanding their data, enabling crucial offshore applications such as remote inspections and surveys by Class Societies, condition-based monitoring, and speed optimization and fuel efficiency improvement.

Inmarsat proposed that Zamil Marine trial Fleet Data, the industry’s first agnostic IoT data platform, to transform the way they collect, transfer, store and analyse their data.

Made possible thanks to the reliable high-speed Fleet Xpress network, Fleet Data aggregates data from sensors onboard the vessel.


With Fleet Data, Shipowners and Managers gain full control of the data collected on their ships and can then grant access to leading solutions providers as well as innovative start-ups, and unlock more efficient, effective, sustainable operations for shipping companies.

In this example, Fleet Data is utilised to access data from Inmarsat’s Certified Application Provider, VPS Decarbonisation, which is supporting Zamil Offshore in meeting its decarbonisation goals through monitoring and analysing vessel engine and emissions data through their Maress software application. This allows Zamil Marine to get a good understanding of the fuel consumption and emissions associated with vessel operations, and seamlessly share this information with its charterers, such as Saudi Aramco.

Maress has been specifically designed to meet the complexity associated with offshore operations. Monitoring fuel consumption, analytics and even fleet benchmarking has never been this easy and Zamil can now make informed decision-making on how to reduce emissions effectively.


The initial trial was a success and Zamil Marine is now rolling Inmarsat’s Fleet Data solution out across the entire fleet, to support their fleet digitalisation requirements both now, and in the future.

VPS Decarbonisation has observed some ship operators seeing up to a 20% CO₂ reduction on certain vessels, by utilising smart data to drive emission reductions. With today’s prices, such savings can equal more than USD 0.5 million annually on a single vessel. Indicative CO₂ savings on fleets are in the range of 3-7% annually and for a 30 vessel PSV fleet, this could equal savings in the range of 2000 tons MGO and more than 6000 tons of CO₂.