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Reederei NSB agrees fleet VSAT deal

NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft (Reederei NSB) has agreed a deal with Marlink to roll out fully managed VSAT services to its entire fleet of more than 50 vessels, including connectivity and selected related applications.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Marlink says that crew welfare was a key component of the contract, and that Reederei NSB seafarers will be provided with internet, phone, social media and messaging services as part of the 5GB data allowance per vessel.

Access will be managed via the Marlink XChange communications management system, which will be installed on board all of the ships, and the vessel e-mail systems will be migrated to Marlink’s SkyFile Mail.

Reederei NSB crews will also be among the first users of the new XChange Media service, a crew-focused system delivering news, sports and entertainment television content, while the ships will also trial Marlink’s new telemedicine service, which provides access to medical expertise on shore through multi-media channels.

On the operational side, the new VSAT systems will be used for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity, electronic document handling, fuel monitoring and e-Navigation applications. The XChange Universal Remote Access system will also provide Reederei NSB with a secure single point of access to vessel networks for remote maintenance and troubleshooting.

“Marlink’s comprehensive proposition goes way beyond connectivity, enabling us to enhance our crew welfare services while securing operational efficiency and business sustainability using an integrated package of solutions,” said Tim Ponath, managing director of Reederei NSB.

“Our vessels already provide a comfortable environment for crew members to work and live in, but it is important for us to continue to meet the changing requirements of our people. Marlink is helping us to do this.”{/mprestriction}

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