Around the world record sponsor
Blue Ocean Wireless
, an Irish company focused on providing GSM communication capability to the merchant maritime sector, and Inmarsat
, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, today announced their sponsorship of British yachtsman, Tony Bullimore
's attempt to break the solo round the world sailing record
Domhnal Slattery, Chairman of Blue Ocean Wireless commented "We are delighted to announce our sponsorship of Tony Bullimore in his attempt to break the solo round the world sailing record in the Blue Ocean Wireless Round the World Challenge."
He added "Our commitment, at Blue Ocean Wireless, is to provide seafarers and crews of merchant maritime vessels with the capability to use their existing GSM handset in deep ocean water. Tony will be sailing across the world's deepest oceans in the most remote locations. Our service will provide Tony with access to a satellite-enabled GSM network in these locations, connecting to the Inmarsat services with a standard handset, for voice calls and SMS messaging."
Robert Johnson, Director of Maritime Services for Inmarsat, said "Inmarsat has championed the benefits of crew communications for many years and, as a Master Mariner and someone about to embark on this challenging record attempt, it will be very close to Tony's heart too. We are pleased to join with Blue Ocean Wireless, who are developing some truly innovative uses for Inmarsat services, in this exciting sponsorship. We hope it not only raises our profile and that of Tony's record attempt, but also sends a message about the positive impact on morale that crew communications can offer".
Tony Bullimore commented "I am delighted to have the support of both Blue Ocean Wireless and Inmarsat in my attempt to break the round the world record. It will be a challenge and it is important to have the most robust communications systems on-board. Knowing that I have both access to the Inmarsat system and the Blue Ocean Wireless network means that I can maintain contact with my support team throughout the journey in any conditions and from any location."