Satellite operator OneWeb wants to tap into the increasing data demand from shipping companies generated by the industry’s relentless digitalisation drive.

The London-based company is building a network of 650 low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites after being bailed out by the UK government and India’s Bharti Global last year.

Head of maritime Carole Plessy told TradeWinds that shipping will be her company’s “number one customer group ... certainly the largest in terms of volume”.