Hartmann Reederei is investing in connectivity packages on its fleet of 62 operated ships to expand its digitalisation strategy
Marlink will be providing unlimited satellite communications to a fleet of gas tankers, container vessels and bulk carriers that are technically and commercially managed by Hartmann following the signing of a new service upgrade agreement with Hartmann Shipping Services.
This agreement sees Hartmann move from an allowance-based VSAT connectivity to an unlimited committed information rate, providing the bandwidth required for the German-headquartered shipping group to take the next step into digitalisation.
Under the agreement, Marlink will also provide more value-added digital services including remote access to onboard IT networks and shipboard systems via Marlink’s XChange Universal device. Hartmann will deploy Marlink’s IT monitoring, data management, antivirus and cyber security services on ships it either owns or manages for third parties. There will also be separate networks for crew welfare services via Marlink’s XChange Media solution.
Hartmann Reederei managing director Ulrich Adami said shoreside managers will receive regular reports for understanding bandwidth consumption and network usage.
He said connectivity was important for providing information to ship stakeholders and partners.
“Our operations cover the entire value-added chain of shipping and work closely with national and international partners, relying on a solid reputation to achieve high standards of quality,” said Mr Adami. “Marlink’s services provide the foundation for a new chapter in our history as we further digitalise our fleet, improve our operational profile and achieve cyber compliance,” he added.
Hartmann is implementing Skyfile Antivirus Premium, XChange Data Manager Premium, cyber detection solutions and IT LINK Monitor for onboard IT management as it becomes proactive in cyber security compliance.
This will help Hartmann align with upcoming IMO 2021 cyber security regulations, which require shipping companies to include cyber risk management into their ship safety management systems by the first inspection after 1 January 2021.
IT LINK Monitor is a managed service that removes the burden of IT compliance from crew, enabling shoreside IT departments to monitor onboard infrastructure on each vessel. This can be expanded with a software distributor which allows users to update networks and software upgrades remotely.
Connectivity, digitalisation and remote monitoring technologies will be discussed during Riviera Maritime Media’s Vessel Optimisation Webinar Week, from 7 September. Use this link for more details and to register