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Maritime Startup and Innovation Ecosystem Report

A new study, 'A quiet revolution - the maritime innovation ecosystem in Japan’, explores the commitments to IoT-based ship and crew management already made by corporate Japan, then goes on to offer unique insights into an emerging start-up culture.

This report, sponsored by Inmarsat, is the first of a series of in-depth profiles into maritime technology and start-ups in specific countries. It builds on ‘Trade 2.0: How start-ups are driving the next generation of maritime trade’, a global study launched by Inmarsat in 2019. Both are the work of authors Nick Chubb and Leonardo Zangrando

Japan’s maritime technology market

Japan’s maritime technology market is estimated at $8.8 billion today and is expected to be worth $15.8 billion by 2030, achieving a CAGR of 6.1%, four times faster than the maritime industry as a whole.

Japan's unique Maritime advantage

As the traditionally analog shipping fleet becomes increasingly digital, Japan’s status as a leading maritime nation, coupled with its innovation philosophy, puts the country at a natural advantage for maritime innovation. Startup-driven innovation is the new driver of maritime transformation for an ethical, sustainable and profitable maritime business. 

Japanese Ship Tech Growth

Maritime Startup Ecosystem Index

How can we help?

The Inmarsat Solution


Inmarsat can help enable corporates, their partners and start-ups alike towards innovation. We offer Fleet Xpress, a high capacity, global broadband network, along with a dedicated bandwidth service, Fleet Connect, and a market-leading IoT platform, Fleet Data.

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