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De Poli Tankers and Marlink renew multi-band satcom commitment

(10 January 2017 - Marlink) 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.

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Sealink Plus is used on De Poli Tankers' fleet of eight chemical tankers and two gas tankers (courtesy: Marlink)

De Poli Tankers first migrated to Marlink VSAT from L-band only communications in 2013, leveraging the increased bandwidth and cost management benefits to improve fleet and business operations while offering more availability and quality for its crew communication facilities. Sealink Plus is delivered through 1 metre Ku-band antennas and the latest modem technology, while Marlink’s state-of-the-art XChange centralised IT and communications management system provides simplified administration including managing time slots for crew usage.

Supporting De Poli Tankers to manage its fleet more effectively, Maritime Performances has also deployed Marlink’s SkyFile Mail solution including SkyFile ENOAD, which provides an efficient way to enable users to comply with the latest US Coast Guard regulations. With SkyFile ENOAD, Notice of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) forms can be completed electronically and delivered all within the SkyFile ecosystem, ensuring timely reporting and reducing the risk of errors.

“By providing a stable, fast IP connection globally, Sealink has become vital to supporting operations across the De Poli Tankers fleet as we focus on delivering optimisation through digital processes,” said Ardi vd Wagt, IT specialist at Maritime Performances BV. “Renewing our contract with Marlink was a natural step, as it ensures we can continue to experience a highly available VSAT service, with fully integrated, unlimited L-band back up communications all under a single fixed cost contract.”

“De Poli Tankers’ move to VSAT in 2013 is typical of many of our customers, in that they very quickly noticed that fast, fixed monthly cost global connectivity can have a very positive effect on fleet operations,” said Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink. “We’re delighted that Maritime Performances chose to stay with Marlink and are looking forward to supporting their work for De Poli in leveraging the power of maritime digitalisation to introduce even more operational efficiencies across the fleet.”

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Through its ownership of Marlink, Telemar and Palantir, Apax Partners has created a new powerful Group dedicated to providing maritime and enterprise customers with an integrated offering of reliable broadband communications, digital solutions, bridge electronics and flexible service & maintenance.

Combining the power of these expert organisations, the Marlink Group delivers complete connectivity and IT solutions to maritime and enterprise companies globally. It provides an unrivalled portfolio of multi-band communication solutions covering Ku-, Ka-, C- and L-band services extended with mobile and terrestrial links and an industry-unique range of digital solutions. Telemar, as part of the Group, is a recognised supplier for bridge electronics and on-board maintenance services. The Group is completed by Palantir, which specialises in remote IT management solutions and IT services on board.

The expertise of the Marlink Group, combined with its strong satellite network operator and manufacturer partnerships as well as IT network expertise, enables it to bring the power of broadband communications, bridge and electronics technology and service excellence to customers globally, providing tailored connectivity solutions that enable both maritime and enterprise customers globally to digitalise their operations at sea and on land.

Today the Marlink Group has more than 800 employees worldwide and provides customers with unrivalled service and support through an enhanced global footprint and worldwide sales and service locations. A global 24/7 helpdesk, specialised competence centres, local presence on all continents and a network of 1250 service points and partners staffed by highly qualified, certified service engineers, supports global customers to operate their business in an ever smarter, safer and more profitable way. The Group is led by Erik Ceuppens as CEO.