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Marlink secures VSAT deal for 75 Scorpio vessels

Marlink has announced that Scorpio Ship Management (SSM) has chosen its WaveCall Ku-band VSAT services for 75 newbuild tankers and bulkers to be delivered throughout 2015 and 2016.

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Each vessel is being fitted with a 1m Ku-/Ka-band convertible antenna, L-band backup, and Iridium handheld with external antenna for security and anti-piracy applications. Marlink says that the performance offered by WaveCall is based on 512kbps uplink and 256kbps downlink.

The recent order, announced as SMM is opening in Hamburg, follows a 2013 contract covering Scorpio’s 27 vessels and 46 newbuildings. It brings to 148 the number of SSM-managed vessels that will operate using WaveCall services.

“Quality of Service has been the most important factor in SSM selecting WaveCall,” said area sales manager Alain Laplace-Toulouse. “We have been able to prove in the field that guaranteed data rate is far more important in actually getting data to a vessel than advertised maximum speeds.”

Marlink, an Airbus Defence and Space company, says that delivery of WaveCall VSAT for the first 46 Scorpio newbuild vessels is proceeding as planned, with 30 installations completed and ready for service as of end of August.

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