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Leonhardt & Blumberg to implement Sealink Business VSAT

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.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The contract was agreed in collaboration with Telemar Germany, and L&B will use the system to focus on operational improvements in areas including electronic document handling, and collaboration between vessels and shore-based personnel.

While business processes are L&B’s primary driver for implementing the VSAT service, the company also expects to improve its crew communication facilities as a result.

Sealink Business offers seven Committed Information Rate (CIR) levels from 32 to 256 kbps, delivered via 60 cm, 80 cm and 1 metre antennas. Users will never go below the CIR they choose, while also having the capability to access burstable Maximum Information Rates (MIR) up to 2 Mbps.

L&B vessels will use 1 metre antennas in implementing the system, connected to Marlink’s XChange communications control system which will manage automatic switching to the existing L-band system on board for back-up purposes. L&B will also have access to Portal360, an online portal integrated with the service for monitoring and configuration purposes.

“L&B will receive a significant boost for on board communication across its fleet, enabling it to operate smarter and more efficiently,” said Tore Morten Olsen, president maritime, Marlink.

“We see that German ship owners are increasingly making the move to VSAT and Telemar’s customers, like L&B, are leading the way. With a focus on cost combined with fixed service levels, Sealink Business makes the decision to migrate from pay as you go L-band services to VSAT even easier.”{/mprestriction}

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