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O.A.T secures connectivity deal with Marlink for five cruise ships

Marlink will connect five vessels in the O.A.T. Small Ships fleet Marlink will connect five vessels in the O.A.T. Small Ships fleet

Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.) and Marlink have entered into an agreement that will see the installation of Marlink’s satellite voice and data connectivity services on-board five adventure cruise ships in the O.A.T. fleet.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Marlink will provide the O.A.T. Small Ships with a suite of solutions; equipment, bandwidth and operations to meet and exceed guest voice and data requirements; uninterrupted voice and corporate connectivity to facilitate ship management tasks; and flexible connectivity services to support the integration of a third-party GSM operator.

O.A.T.’s MV Corinthian was the first vessel to feature Marlink’s Sealink maritime VSAT service, fitted in January 2019. The remaining vessels, including MV Clio, MV Athena, MV Arethusa and MV Artemis, will follow suit later in the year. The ships will be fitted with Marlink’s newly-developed dual-band antenna system. The solution automatically switches between frequencies to provide coverage regardless of where the vessels sail, and to provide compliance with local authorities when close to shore.

The on-board system will be reinforced by an L-band out-of-band back-up enabling remote access to Marlink’s Maritime Network Operations Centre (MNOC). This VSAT support service allows experienced network and antenna engineers to proactively monitor on-board connectivity performance and manage any bandwidth and coverage amendments during the contract life cycle.

Simon Laxton, president GCCL & OAT WW Fleet Operation, O.A.T, commented: “At O.A.T., we pride ourselves on making the comfort, welfare and satisfaction of our customers and crew a primary consideration. So it’s only natural that we should draw upon Marlink’s pioneering expertise in end-to-end managed connectivity to make flawless communications to and from more remote destinations a reality.”

Tore Morten Olsen, president maritime, Marlink, added: “O.A.T’s Small Ship Adventures remind us that there is still a great deal of the world for us to admire and explore, but our connectivity solutions bring even the most remote areas within real-time reach of everyone, wherever they are, via social media video and photo uploads, phone calls, SMS texts and emails. We’re excited to be such an integral part of this journey with O.A.T.”{/mprestriction}

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