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Scorpio to complete fleet-wide upgrade of hybrid VSAT network

The VSAT service extension will provide Scorpio with higher bandwidth services to meet an increasing level of business need for higher data rates and usage volumes. The VSAT service extension will provide Scorpio with higher bandwidth services to meet an increasing level of business need for higher data rates and usage volumes.

Scorpio Shipmanagement has signed an agreement with Marlink to upgrade its hybrid VSAT network solution on all vessels in its fleet, with additional bandwidth to enable new data, applications and reporting.

The service extension will provide Scorpio with higher bandwidth services to meet an increasing level of business need for higher data rates and usage volumes. Scorpio’s global fleet of about 150 vessels will be able to satisfy current and future requirements from charterers and regulators, while also providing cost-efficient crew communications.

The Scorpio fleet features Marlink’s smart hybrid network combining Ku, Ka-band VSAT with global coverage for voice and data services, L-Band back-up and global 4G connectivity, bundled with security and optimisation tools. The agreement also includes equipment upgrades for new satellite access platforms to deliver best-in-class services on a global basis.

Ship operators are increasingly looking to future-proof their connectivity to meet their digital ambitions, which include the use of collaborative cloud-based software and applications. With crew welfare and retention at its core, Scorpio will enable a new level of remote access to ship systems and provide crew connectivity with a high level of security.

“Marlink’s hybrid network solution enables Scorpio Shipmanagement to gain the benefits of digitalisation means having the connectivity to support our business now and give us room to grow as demands for higher performance, greater efficiency while providing our crew with enhanced capabilities to stay closer with their beloved,” said Paolo Magonio, group procurement manager, Scorpio Shipmanagement.

“In talking with our customers we find them increasingly looking at new technologies and new applications as standard; they want to use the same collaborative tools as we do ashore to communicate, access documents and data easily,” stated Tore Morten Olsen, president, maritime, Marlink. “We make this possible by integrating and delivering complex hybrid connectivity and digital solutions as a managed service to further enable digitalisation in maritime.”

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