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Marlink migrates Neste Oil fleet to iDirect

Marlink has announced that it is installing new VSAT antennas on all eight Neste Oil vessels and migrating the fleet to the iDirect platform.

Neste Oil, an oil refining and marketing company, has extended its VSAT services with Marlink whilst upgrading its network and on board satellite hardware.

The delivery, based on Marlink’s customised Sealink VSAT services also features multibearer support and the @SEAoptimizer solution, which is designed to enhance the efficiency of satellite data communications.

Marlink says that the move to the iDirect shared platform ensures sufficient bandwidth for vessel operations and crew welfare and provides competitive airtime rates and link stability.

Four Neste Oils vessels will have a dual antenna set-up on board to ensure uninterrupted communication during complex manoeuvres, where the superstructure on board may block line of sight to the satellite.

“We have a technology agnostic approach at Marlink, where our goal is to provide the most competitive, reliable and best performing connectivity regardless of platform,” said Robin Hernandez, key account manager.

“Following a thorough review of the existing communications network platform provided by Marlink, it was decided that the iDirect approach would best suit Neste Oil’s changing requirements. The first vessel has already been migrated to iDirect, and I’m pleased to report that so far, the feedback has been very positive.”

 

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