Tore Morten Olsen News

29 Apr 2020

Marlink Unveils IT Networks Monitoring Tool

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Entry-level version of ITLINK management and monitoring software suite simplifies regulatory compliance for vessel and shore teamsMarlink has announced the release of a new stand-alone entry version of its ITLINK software, designed to improve transparency in monitoring and reporting of the status of IT networks onboard ships. The new monitoring tool enables shoreside teams or administrators to view the IT system status and availability, providing visibility on compliance with regulatory and charterer requirements.Starting in 2021ā€¦

16 Apr 2020

Marlink Supporting Crews During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Satellite communication provider Marlink has launched a range of airtime packages and application solutions to support its customers in the maritime, fishing and offshore industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.The ā€˜StrongerTogetherā€™ initiative includes connectivity packages such as additional data top-ups, increased bandwidth and free or discounted voice minutes for ship operators to keep the crew onboard connected with their families as well as solutions to enhance remote ITā€¦

29 Jan 2020

Solstad Reups, Expands Deal with Marlink

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Norwegian offshore services and supply vessel company Solstad Offshore has renewed its connectivity contract with Marlink, committing 65 offshore vessels to Sealink, Marlinkā€™s high-throughput Ku-band VSAT service. Solstadā€™s vessels will be provided with Sealink Services and L-band backup to ensure seamless global connectivity.Solstad sought a flexible, customized service to meet the diverse demands of its offshore support vessel (OSV) fleet, Marlink said. Building on more than 10 years of partnershipā€¦

12 Dec 2019

L&B Long-Term Fleet Contract With Marlink

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Leonhardt & Blumberg (L&B), Germanyā€™s largest independent charter owner of 15,000-35,000 DWT container ships and ship management company, has renewed its long-standing partnership with Marlink for the provision of quality  global VSAT connectivity."Marlinkā€™s managed connectivity service excellence and digital solutions are recognized as a strong foundation for the ship management company L&Bā€™s on-going fleet digitization, which will deliver more efficient and greener maritime operationsā€¦

18 Oct 2019

Interview: Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

ā€œWhen the human element is considered, securing networks from cyber-attack is incredibly challenging.   Reducing human interaction with on board networks and computers by deploying a more standardized IT environment can minimize risks.ā€
-- Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink, discusses the pace and direction of high speed comms in maritime.Using metrics of your choice, put in perspective where we are today in terms of getting shipowners to adopt high speed communication solutions.The term broadband has been used in the maritime industry for at least a decade and if we are to follow the FCCā€™s definition which was upgraded to 25mbps from 4mbps (download) in 2015, then those high speed internet services are nothing of the sort.However, everything is relative.

08 Oct 2019

Marlink ITLink for J. Lauritzen Gas Carriers

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Danish shipping company J. Lauritzen has selected Marlink to deploy fully integrated and managed IT services on all Lauritzen Kosan managed gas carriers. The solution will be based on Marlinkā€™s ITLink portfolio, with the KeepUp@Sea platform enabling automation of software and security updates, network and PC health monitoring and remote access for fast issue resolution. Once implemented, Lauritzen Kosan will benefit from a fully standardized ICT setup across its fleet, and haveā€¦

27 Aug 2019

Marlink IT Solution for Höegh Autoliners

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Marlink signed a new agreement with Höegh Autoliners to supply the international transport and logistics companyā€™s 38 car and truck carriers with the maritime-optimized IT solution, KeepUp@Sea, part of Marlink's new ITLink portfolio.Marlink will provide managed services designed to ensure the resilience and compliance of the vessel IT networks on Höegh vessels. Onboard implementation of the service is estimated to start in September, after hardware delivery and shore tests have been completed.KeepUp@Sea is designed to enable Höegh to keep its IT systems always availableā€¦

27 May 2019

Marlink Intros New Sealink Global 4G

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The satellite communications provider Marlink is introducing an all-encompassing new hybrid communication service, called Sealink Global 4GThe Sealink Global 4G, as a turnkey solution it provides everything needed to leverage fast, low-latency mobile services when in network range while complementing VSAT connectivity when in regulated regions.Devised as a single global capability with full predictability on performance and costs, Sealink Global 4G is a ready-to-go solution bringingā€¦

09 Jan 2019

Marlink Extends VSAT Contract with Transpetrol

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Satellite communications specialist Marlink has been awarded a contract renewal to expand its Sealink VSAT service to international ship owner Transpetrol.The provider of satellite communications services for the maritime industry claimed that the higher levels of guaranteed bandwidth ensure global connectivity for 14 strong tanker fleet.The renewal secures access to Marlinkā€™s global network and specially-chosen business critical VSAT solutions for the entire tanker fleet andā€¦

20 Aug 2018

Partners to Leverage AI to Optimize Maritime Logistics

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Transmetricsā€™ digital solution optimizes marine logistics using AI technologies and Marlinkā€™s global multi-band networkMarlink has signed an agreement with Transmetrics to establish a strategic business partnership aimed at predictive logistics optimization for maritime customers. The agreement will enable Transmetrics, a Forbes-awarded start-up, to leverage Marlinkā€™s broadband satellite communications network, digital solutions and contacts to further develop maritime logistics innovations.

19 Jun 2018

Marlink Boosts VSAT Services for Indian Ocean Fishing Vessels

Marlink has boosted satellite capacity in the Indian Ocean and around the Falkland Islands with specific focus on delivering reliable, high bandwidth VSAT services to commercial fishing vessels.The new capacity is already enabling improved vessel and fleet operations and providing greater access to voice calling and Internet for crews on a number of Spanish tuna vessels in the Indian Ocean serviced by Marlink partner Nautical, while the extra bandwidth around the Falkland Islands has been put in place to meet a predicted spike in demand as more companies look for new fishing grounds.While delivering services direct to the end-user, Marlink also partners with leading satcom providers globally, such as Nautical, to deliver multi-band services to fishing fleets.

04 Apr 2018

Marlink Expands VSAT Coverage in the Indian Ocean

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Marlink has added a new satellite to its global multi-band Sealink network, expanding its footprint in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and introducing even more Ku-band VSAT capacity to enable high-speed broadband connectivity for ships transiting southern routes between Asia and Africa, in addition to fishing vessels operating east of Africaā€™s coastline and out towards the Maldives and Seychelles. The new capacity comes from a satellite positioned in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 110° East.

19 Mar 2018

Marlink Moves Warehouse Facility in Houston

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Marlink has moved to larger premises in Houston, ensuring its ability to meet the growing needs of its Gulf of Mexico offshore industry and shipping customers. The new facility includes expanded office space to accommodate growth in sales and support functions at both Marlink and Telemar, in addition to a new warehouse facility to support even more responsive bridge and satcom equipment installation, and on board services. The new Houston location will continue to play an important role in the Marlink Groupā€¦

21 Feb 2018

Marlink Doubles the Speed for Sealink VSAT Customers

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Marlink customers using the Sealink Allowances maritime VSAT service plans can now enjoy without any extra-charge a burst rate, or Maximum Information Rate (MIR), up to 6 Mbps. Providing even faster connectivity and more bandwidth for business operations and crew onboard when network capacity is available, the new MIR is twice as fast as the previous 3 Mbps. Doubling the throughput while keeping pricing unchanged will deliver even more value for money to Marlinkā€™s maritime customers.

30 Jan 2018

Marlink Expands in Japan

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Satellite communication provider Marlink said its Tokyo office has relocated to new, larger premises as the company grows its Japan team to meet the needs of an expanding VSAT customer-base in the region. ā€œThe new location is over twice the size, which helps us to accommodate more field engineers, technical support and sales staff, in addition to enabling us to build a new service management function for better coordination and smoother operations towards the customer,ā€ said Shinobu Suzuki, Marlink Japan.

10 Jan 2018

De Poli Tankers Extends VSAT Deal with Marlink

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Dutch ship owner De Poli Tankers BV has extended its contract with Marlink, securing high-bandwidth global communication using the Sealink Plus service for its fleet of eight chemical tankers and two gas tankers. De Poli Tankers' in-house ITC company, Maritime Performances BV, chose to retain the Sealink Plus service for the future as it combines high-bandwidth VSAT with unlimited L-band back-up in a single easy to manage bundle, Marlink said. De Poli Tankers first migrated to Marlink VSAT from L-band only communications in 2013ā€¦

02 Nov 2017

Marlink Delivers Fleet Xpress on Antarctic Support Vessel

La Manche (Photo: Aker BioMarine)

Marlink said it has migrated Aker BioMarineā€™s Antarctic krill harvester fleet support ship, La Manche, to Inmarsatā€™s Fleet Xpress service. The system provides a boost to crew communication facilities on board as well as enables vessels to benefit from improved business intelligence and remote access to the vesselā€™s IT network. The service uses the XChange Universal Remote Access (URA) solution, one of Marlinkā€™s many Value Added Services available on Fleet Xpress. ā€œFleet Xpress has transformed our communication capabilities aboard La Manche.

19 Sep 2017

Marlink Re-launches Sealink C-band VSAT Service

New price and service plans for Marlink's Sealink C-Band VSAT (Photo: Marlink)

Marlink has re-launched its Sealink C-band VSAT service, this time introducing new price and service plans, enabling easier integration with existing and future Ka and Ku-band VSAT services. According to Marlink, the upgrade gives Sealink C-band VSAT users more flexibility to add alternative VSAT frequencies to their network in order to ensure availability of high-speed critical business and operational applications globally. The new Sealink C-band provides customers with a transparent and cost-efficient way of integrating existing C-band services with flexible Ka and Ku-band VSAT.

05 Sep 2017

Grieg Star Selects Sealink VSAT

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Bergen headquartered Grieg Star has chosen Marlinkā€™s Sealink VSAT Premium for its entire General Cargo Open Hatch fleet of 33 vessels. Operating on multiple routes worldwide, Grieg Starā€™s ships will benefit from seamless, high bandwidth global VSAT services with unlimited L-band back up included in the fixed monthly fee, ensuring continuous availability of vessel and fleet efficiency enhancing applications. Grieg Starā€™s decision to enable its digital operations with Sealink VSAT Premiumā€¦

14 Jun 2017

Intellianā€™s V65 Antenna Packs a Punch

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Live network testing conducted by Marlink over the newest Intelsat EpicNG High Throughput Ku-band satellite demonstrates that the v65 system will enable users to achieve high throughput connectivity for vessels of all sizes. Maritime satellite antenna systems provider Intellian Technologies said its v65 Ku/Ka band convertible satellite communications system has been independently tested by satellite communications service provider Marlink and exceeds all expectations in terms of performance efficiency on the companyā€™s newly launched 60cm global network.

23 Jun 2017

Reederei Hamburger Lloyd Chooses Sealink Plus VSAT

Hamburg-based shipping group Reederei Hamburger Lloyd will move its fleet of nine containerships and six bulk carriers to Marlinkā€™s Sealink Plus VSAT package including unlimited L-band backup. Hamburger Lloyd is a long term customer of Telemar Germany and was looking for a communications solution that provides a quality link for downloading ECDIS updates, which is critical to the fleetā€™s navigational safety. The company also sees that moving from pay-as-you-go L-band communication services to the pay-monthly VSAT model will provide budget predictability and enable it to offer more crew communication facilities. Designed to provide high speed bandwidth at all timesā€¦

29 Jun 2017

dā€™Amico Chooses Sealink Premium Plus VSAT

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Italian ship owner and long-term Telemar customer dā€™Amico Group has selected Marlinkā€™s Sealink Premium Plus VSAT service to enhance connectivity across its fleet of over 50 product tankers and dry cargo vessels. Sealink Premium Plus provides global connectivity for dā€™Amicoā€™s business and vessel operations, in addition to supporting crew welfare. With Sealink Premium Plus, the dā€™Amico fleet will receive a guaranteed Committed Information Rate (CIR) and completely unlimited Ku-band VSAT data in parallel to unlimited L-band back-up, for a single, fixed monthly fee.

16 Aug 2017

Marlink's Maritime President Discusses the Future of Communication

Tore Morten Olsen (Photo: Marlink)

In maritime satellite communications, an industry sector defined by change, Tore Morten Olsen, President Marlink Maritime is a rock: a model of continuity and a wealth of knowledge. He has 22 years of experience in the satellite communications sector, starting out as a technical product manager in 1994 and moving on to hold several senior management positions with Telenor, Marlink and Astrium Services / Airbus Defense and Space and now Marlink again. While various sectors of the marine industry are sufferingā€¦

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