NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft (Reederei NSB) has agreed a deal with Marlink to roll out fully managed VSAT services to its entire fleet of more than 50 vessels, including connectivity and selected related applications.
Marlink reports that it has doubled the burst speed on its Sealink VSAT services, enabling up to 3 Mbps for users on its data allowance packages as well as adding new 40, 60 and 80 gigabyte data allowances.
Marlink is to take over the business of maritime satcom provider Telemar Group, with Marlink owner Apax Partners signing a definitive agreement to acquire the company from its current shareholders.
Marlink reports that the second generation of its XChange communications management hardware is now available.
Marlink has launched a new location-based tracking device called Smalltrack, which operates on the Iridium satellite network and can be used without connecting to external power or antenna sources.
The Hamburg-headquartered John T. Essberger (JTE) Group is to move its entire fleet to VSAT, which will act as the primary communication system on all of the company’s 22 chemical tankers and nine dry cargo vessels. Installation is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Marlink reports that it has extended the bandwidth and connectivity options available to both MSC Cruises and Stena Line, covering a total of more than 35 existing ships among the two operators as well as further newbuilds.
Marlink and SpeedCast have signed new ‘strategic alliances’ with Inmarsat, under which both satcom service providers have committed to each introducing approximately 2,000 vessels to Inmarsat’s new Fleet Xpress service over a five-year period – a total of some 4,000 new ships for the Ka-band VSAT service.
Marlink reports that its Sealink VSAT service is now available with global coverage through 60 cm Ku-band antennas, as opposed to the 1m antennas previously required.
Marlink reports that it has been contracted to implement the KeepUp@Sea IT operational platform from fellow Norwegian company Palantir on 110 vessels for shipping company CMA CGM.
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