Inmarsat and its partner SSI-Monaco supports new global environmental study across the world’s oceans
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco officially launches ‘Monaco Explorations’ expedition at special event in the Principality, attended by Inmarsat chairman, Andrew Sukawaty
28 July 2017: Inmarsat (LON: ISAT), the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite
communications, is supporting a ground-breaking new scientific study, which will examine
the impact of climate change and other environmental factors on the world’s marine
The 2017-20 Monaco Explorations campaign, which is backed by the Principality of Monaco
and personally supported by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, aims to raise awareness of the
state of the world’s oceans. The principality is making a travelling research platform
available to a community of researchers from all over the world for a three-year
circumnavigation of the oceans with the first scheduled stop being the island of Madeira in
Inmarsat, in partnership with Space Systems International-Monaco (SSI-Monaco), is
providing its high-speed global broadband solution – Global Xpress – which will enable
scientists working on Monaco Explorations - onboard the 76.6m vessel ‘Yersin’ - to share
data, images and videos with experts around the world throughout the three-year mission.
The scientists will undertake an assortment of tests looking at environmental DNA, the
effects of global warming on marine viruses and the wealth of biodiversity around submarine
mountains. The aim is to identify the key factors impacting the health of the marine
environment and suggest remedies.
Andrew Sukawaty, Chairman of Inmarsat, who attended the launch, said: “Monaco
Explorations is an ambitious project that aims to shed light on some of the many ills
blighting our oceans. In order to avoid further environmental damage – and to repair some
of that already caused – it is vital to conduct in-depth research, raise public awareness and
establish innovative ways of interacting with our oceans.
“We are proud that our communications solutions have been identified as the most effective
and reliable for such a pioneering expedition and we look forward to supporting the project
throughout its three-year lifespan.”
As chief communications supporter for the expedition, Inmarsat partner SSI-Monaco has
equipped Yersin with a Fleet Broadband FB500 L band antenna, Inmarsat C and IsatPhone 2
handsets. The multiple communications systems on board will operate over Inmarsat’s
Global Xpress network that delivers seamless, high-speed broadband around the world, and
will ensure that the vessel can maintain contact with land at all times.
It is hoped that the expedition will help mobilise local decision-makers, economic
stakeholders, NGOs and the wider public through representing an opportunity for debate,
and that the vessel itself will prove to be a place to meet.
The communication and broadcast capabilities of Yersin are a chief component of this and
Inmarsat’s reliability in this regard are one of the main reasons it has been selected as the
main communications supporter.