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Marlink agrees 'strategic partnership' with Palantir

Marlink customers will now have access to Palantir's KeepUp@Sea system Marlink customers will now have access to Palantir's KeepUp@Sea system

Marlink has signed a strategic partnership agreement with maritime IT provider Palantir, which will see Palantir’s products added to Marlink's portfolio of satcoms and value added services.

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Under the agreement, Palantir will support Marlink by taking increased responsibility for its customers’ IT systems on board through the use of systems like KeepUp@Sea, a managed IT service that monitors all hardware and software on board a vessel and across a fleet, allowing staff on shore to detect and address issues remotely.

The companies note that this will provide fleet-wide control of IT network changes and upgrades from shore, ensuring more stability of PCs and equipment on board.

"Satcoms is one of the key enablers of our products and services, so it makes sense for us to work closely with the leading connectivity agnostic maritime satcom company," said Arvid Dregelid, president of Palantir.

"Together, our respective capabilities become of better value for the customer, and we will be able to develop even more advanced solutions to improve vessel efficiency and reduce the cost of running a fleet."

Tore Morten Olsen, head of maritime satellite communications activities at Airbus Defence and Space, Marlink's parent company, noted that the strategic partnership should strengthen Marlink's ability to respond to customer requirements.

"Palantir’s managed IT services complement and extend perfectly our best-in-class satcom portfolio, strengthening end-to-end solutions for our customers and providing them with the best possible experience," he said.

"Building on our proven technology and the AuroraGlobal portfolio we will continue to develop new opportunities for growth, innovation and expansion, creating increased value to our global customer base."

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