Fishermen on board Chinese coastal fishing vessels can now keep in constant contact with their family and friends thanks to a new chatting application developed exclusively for Inmarsat's Fleet One service.
This new mobile application, called Fish Chat, requires WiFi to function and is available on both iOS and Android devices.
According to a joint statement by Inmarsat and app developer Beijing Marine communication and Navigation Co. (MCN Beijing), Fish Chat is the first Fleet One application for the Asian fishing market that has been tested and certified by Inmarsat.
The two companies said that 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.
"Fleet One has made access to voice and data services more accessible and affordable for small vessels," said Guy Sear, VP Business Development and Communications, Inmarsat Maritime. "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."
Fleet One has already been installed on fishing vessels globally since August, and feedback from captains and crews continues to be very positive, according to their media statement.
Keen Chinese fisherman can now order Fleet One plus Fish Chat via MCN Beijing and its local distribution partners in fishery ports.
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