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Essberger fleet moves to VSAT

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.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The VSAT services will be provided by Marlink, under its Sealink brand, with all ships to also be equipped with Marlink’s XChange communications management system.

Essberger will manage corporate and crew usage of voice, VoIP, and data connectivity via XChange, and also utilise the Universal Remote Access (URA) function for remote network access. All vessels will be equipped with two voice lines and Wi-Fi access points for crew.

“Crew welfare is vital to the safe and efficient operation of our vessels and we believe that the speed and reliability of Sealink VSAT will help us to introduce a more effective service for internet access and calling home,” said Capt Bernd Schlarmann, fleet manager ship management, Essberger.

“With more bandwidth available globally, we will also be positioned to streamline vessel and port operations, which will directly benefit our customers, in terms of more efficient handling of their cargoes.”{/mprestriction}

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