Maritime satcom provider Marlink has announced two new partnerships with We4Sea and Transmetrics, to expand its portfolio of digital services for shipping clients and assist them in improving fuel efficiency and reducing operating costs.
Marlink reports that it has expanded its global VSAT network with the addition of new satellites and beams in the Americas and in the Mediterranean, extending its coverage and bandwidth capacity across these regions.
Italy-based shipping company d’Amico Group has partnered with RINA and Marlink subsidiary Telemar to build a new digital fleet operations centre in Rome, which will see the vessel operator ramp up data collection from its ships to improve performance analysis.
Marlink reports that it has added a new satellite to its VSAT network, expanding its footprint in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and adding additional Ku-band capacity for ships transiting southern routes between Asia and Africa, as well as fishing vessels operating east of Africa’s coastline and out towards the Maldives and Seychelles.
Marlink and Seagull Maritime have partnered to develop a satcom-enabled online environment for the distribution and updating of e-learning material for ships at sea, with the aim of automating content management on board.
Norwegian tanker company Knutsen has extended its satcom contract with Marlink, covering VSAT and back-up services for the fleet of 38 shuttle tankers, LNG carriers, and product and chemical tankers, as well as two planned newbuilds.
Iridium has confirmed the names of the initial maritime launch partners for its next generation Certus L-band satellite service, with Marlink, Speedcast, Applied Satellite Technologies Ltd (AST) and Satcom Global the first four companies appointed as global resellers, while Arion will act as a regional partner focusing on the Asian market.
UK-headquartered shipmanagement company Carisbrooke Shipping has agreed a deal with Marlink Group company Telemar to become its preferred provider of bridge system repair and maintenance services, expanding its relationship with the Group with Marlink already its existing supplier of maritime satcom services.
Marlink has added a new prepaid voice card calling facility for use with the Inmarsat Fleet Xpress network, noting that it is the first Value Added Reseller (VAR) for the Ka-band service to provide prepaid cards.
Marlink reports that it has extended its satcoms contract with Dutch shipowner De Poli Tankers, via its in-house ITC company Maritime Performances BV, to provide Sealink Plus VSAT and L-band back-up services aboard De Poli’s fleet of eight chemical tankers and two gas tankers.
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