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Carisbrooke agrees Marlink VSAT deal

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Carisbrooke Shipping has agreed a deal to install Marlink Ku-band VSAT on its fleet of dry cargo and multi-purpose vessels. Delivery is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The package includes the XChange BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) system, which will be used to allow Carisbrooke Shipping crews to communicate using their own smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Carisbrooke Shipping owns and operates its fleet from offices in Cowes (UK), Zwijndrecht (Holland) and Bremen (Germany). The vessels will be provided with throughput up to 1 Mbps (downlink) on the VSAT with unlimited L-band back-up, in addition to Local Numbers and Virtual Private Networks (VPN). The VPN service will be used for remote control of IT equipment and systems on board.

“We have worked with Marlink on 10 vessels for four years. When we implemented our strategy to future proof our fleet with high-bandwidth communication on board, we decided to test a few other VSAT providers, but Marlink’s excellent service support made the selection process easy,” said Carisbrooke Shipping’s fleet technical director, Martin Henry.

“Improved control and management of systems and computer networks from ashore is a big plus, but more importantly, Marlink VSAT gives our crew members on board access to modern, reliable and fast communication services that can even be used from their own devices.”

In related news, Marlink has also announced that another customer, Simon Møkster Shipping of Norway, has become the first of its clients to integrate Tampnet North Sea LTE (Long-Term Evolution) services across its entire fleet of 25 vessels.

Tampnet’s North Sea LTE services are enabled by a 2,500km subsea fibre network, and are integrated with Simon Møkster’s hybrid communication service from Marlink, which also includes VSAT, L-band and terrestrial 3G/4G.

Though Tampnet services have been available in the North Sea since late 2013, the current user-base consists primarily of FPSOs, drilling rigs and vessels with specific requirements.

“It is our philosophy to ensure we provide the most flexible and available broadband communication for our clients and our own operational use across the fleet,” said Terje Gjerde, ICT manager at Simon Møkster.

“Tampnet gives us significant new capabilities that can be accessed easily, ensuring our ability to support our offshore Oil & Gas customers to communicate globally, and especially in the North Sea. This will be a huge benefit to our clients in the region and we are looking forward to the potential to integrate further LTE services with Marlink in support of customers operating in other Oil & Gas producing regions.”{/mprestriction}

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