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Communications upgrade for German tankers

German tanker owner and manager Ernst Jacob is to install VSAT and FleetBroadband across its fleet of 15 tankers, following an agreement with Marlink.

Marlink's WaveCall standardised VSAT product and Thrane & Thrane SAILOR FleetBroadband 500 systems will be installed on the tankers, which are operated for several major oil companies.

The company will primarily use the system for operational purposes, including management of onboard IT networks remotely from shore and automated content delivery, such as reporting and forms. Communication and connectivity options for crew will also be made available.

Additionally, Ernst Jacob will implement the Vizada XChange communications management platform, which allows the satcoms to be controlled either onboard or from shore.

Vizada XChange will integrate the VSAT and FleetBroadband services, to ensure that Ernst Jacob vessels benefit from reliable voice calling and internet wherever they are sailing.

“We are committed to the continuous modernisation of our fleet … to meet the challenges of ensuring operational excellence and in order to provide the highest quality service for our customers,” said Oliver Hennes, director fleet management, Ernst Jacob.

“Marlink’s WaveCall solution supports this commitment as it helps us to enhance our communication facilities across the board and, by ensuring our vessels are always connected, we can manage our fleet and offices in the most operationally and environmentally efficient ways possible.”

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