Marlink has completed the installation of a hybrid communications network on board all ships owned by Danish tanker operator, Uni-Tankers. The setup combines high-throughput connectivity with cloud-data access, remote IT support, and cyber security. Ships have been equipped with a future-proof smart network, Marlink said, which combines global VSAT, L-band backup, global 4G connectivity, CyberGuard and ITLink.
The company’s XChange platform provides a fully managed service including network management and secure file transfer between ship and shore. Vessels now send and receive data on the most appropriate channel and can process data on board at the edge of the network. ITLink facilitates remote IT support and the Cyberguard Threat Detection system provides additional security for business and crew communications. Unified Threat Management with firewalls has also been adopted.
Michael Hust, the tanker company’s IT manager, commented: “Uni-Tankers’ business is built on high-quality service and long-term relationships, and the safe operation of our vessels has the highest priority of both the company and our people. Partnering with Marlink has enabled us to take our fleet operations to a new level, increasing both operational flexibility and safety which in turn enables us to deliver an even higher level of service to our customers.”
Marlink’s president, Maritime, Tore Morten Olsen, said: “We are delighted to have completed this successful migration of the Uni-Tankers fleet to Marlink’s hybrid network, a process that relied on close cooperation and a commitment to quality. We look forward to fully service Uni-Tankers’ global operations with the best-in-class network solution.”
Marlink provides Uni-Tankers with hybrid comms network