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CHINESE GAS CARRIER OPERATOR OPTS FOR INMARSAT

Thursday, October 24, 2019 

China's largest Liquid Ethylene Gas (LEG) ship owner is to install Fleet Xpress connectivity from Inmarsat including Fleet Secure Endpoint, Inmarsat's new line of multi-layer defence strategy against cyber threats, on all its vessels.

Pacific Gas has committed to the Fleet Secure Endpoint solution within the terms of its agreement to install Fleet Xpress across all their operational ships by the end of this year as well as on its future vessels.

The Hong Kong-headquartered group has the capacity to carry 3 million tons of cargo annually and has signalled intentions of an expansion beyond its existing focus on very large gas carriers and liquefied ethylene gas carriers into Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) carriers and Very Large Ethane carriers (VLECs).

The ambitions of Pacific Gas to expannd and diversify into LNG and Ethane carriers have driven evolving connectivity needs, demanding the bandwidth, seamless global coverage, guaranteed performance and 24/7 support available through Fleet Xpress, according to Capt Tao Yong, VP Fleet, Pacific Gas. “Fleet Xpress helps us to scale our digital activities and complement the ship management software that we installed for resource planning on vessels. With real-time data exchange, vessels are now an extension to our shore office and we base our operational efficiency and performance gains on continuous monitoring and real-time upgrades and assistance. Internet access at sea is also vital for crew welfare and essential to attracting and retaining talented crew.”

“With our growing dependence on technology and providing open internet access we could be susceptible to cyberattacks, so we needed more than a conventional anti-virus to protect our systems 24/7 and from the various kinds of evolving threats,” said Capt Yong. “As a modern ship owner we ensure that all our vessels are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and security systems that complement Inmarsat’s global, secure and reliable connectivity.”

Fleet Secure Endpoint monitors ship systems for security breaches introduced at ‘endpoints’, either by malicious software or by a new crew device with no security installed, reporting a ‘rogue node’ and isolating them from the rest of the network until issue resolution. Powered by ESET Endpoint Security – recognised for its high performance by industry authority Gartner - Fleet Secure’s monitoring is said to offer the user a greater sense of control and awareness.

“Pacific Gas is one of the growing number of quality operators adopting practical and pragmatic mitigation strategies that prioritise cybersecurity on shore and at sea,” says Peter Broadhurst, SVP Safety and Security, Inmarsat. “These companies recognise that the risks of a cyberattack on a vessel extend beyond loss of reputation; they include the risk of delays to the ship and cargo delivery or increased insurance premiums.”

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