French cruise company Ponant has extended its VSAT and GSM services contract with Marlink, which will improve bandwidth speeds on its five-strong fleet of yachts and cruise vessels, while also adding four planned newbuilds to its communications deal.
Marlink reports that it has upgraded its Sealink C-band VSAT service, to more easily integrate with existing and future Ka and Ku-band systems for users operating a multi-band network on board their ships.
Grieg Star, a shipping company headquartered in Bergen, Norway, is to roll-out a new VSAT system across its fleet of 33 General Cargo Open Hatch vessels, having agreed a deal with Marlink to implement its Sealink VSAT Premium service.
Italian ship owner d’Amico Group is to implement Marlink’s Sealink Premium Plus VSAT service across its fleet of more than 50 dry cargo and product tankers, the companies report.
Hamburg-based shipping group Reederei Hamburger Lloyd is to move its fleet of nine container ships and six bulkers to Marlink’s Sealink Plus package, including Ku-band VSAT and unlimited L-band backup.
Turkish shipmanager Active Shipping is to implement VSAT services across its fleet of oil tankers and bulk carriers, following a deal with Marlink and its regional partner Ozsay Satellite Communications.
Marlink reports that it has achieved what is thought to be a maritime VSAT bandwidth record with the provision of a temporary 300 Mbps bandwidth channel for the maiden voyage of MSC Cruises’ first next-generation mega-ship, MSC Meraviglia.
Marlink has launched SkyFile Mail 10.1, designed to improve management of e-mail traffic and user accounts through automatic detection and profile automation. The new version is available as a free Over the Air (OTA) update on Marlink’s VSAT and back-up L-band services.
Marlink has extended its VSAT network with the addition of new Ku-band capacity covering the Northeast Passage region, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans North of Russia.
Hamburg-based Leonhardt & Blumberg (L&B), an independent charter owner of handysize containerships, has become the first customer for Marlink’s new Sealink Business VSAT service, agreeing a guaranteed minimum bandwidth Ku-band package to be rolled out to its entire fleet.
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