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Knutsen extends VSAT contract for tanker fleet

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.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Sealink VSAT package includes a minimum guaranteed Committed Information Rate (CIR), bursting up to a faster Maximum Information Rate (MIR) where available. Knutsen has already been a Marlink customer for 18 years, having adopted maritime VSAT in 2000, and is currently employing 1-metre Ku-band antennas with back-up on L-band.

“VSAT has been a standard on our fleet for a long time, but we continue to see new applications and demands with the ongoing digitisation happening within the maritime markets, which means we need a future proof solution to enable our own digitisation strategies,” said Nils Trones, communication and navigation manager, Knutsen OAS Shipping.

“We are reviewing new opportunities to improve our service to clients even further using Marlink’s digitalisation solutions that can help us to maximise our investment in communications.”

In related news, Marlink has announced that all of its customers on Sealink Allowances VSAT service plans are to have their MIR doubled, from 3 Mbps to 6 Mbps, while pricing will remain unchanged.

Sealink Allowances plans include up to four voice lines and a choice of eight data allowance packages, from 1 GB up to 80 GB per month, which can be topped-up as required using Marlink’s Portal360 online service management platform.

“Having already doubled the burst rate on Sealink Allowances in September 2016, this latest increase reflects our ongoing programme to deliver more value to our customers, helping them to get more from their investment in maritime broadband both in terms of connectivity and flexibility,” said Tore Morten Olsen, president maritime, Marlink.{/mprestriction}

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