Marlink has expanded its ITLink portfolio for remote monitoring and upkeep of onboard networks, with the addition of two new service options
ITLink manages shipboard IT systems for owners. It is already deployed on more than 1,000 vessels, enabling ship operators on shore to centrally manage and update all their PCs at once rather than updating them individually. ITLink facilitates can swiftly restore any software and hardware from backup.
Marlink has introduced an entry-level service to provide an easy means of reducing the tasks crew perform for software installations or operating system updates. This service also provides shore-based staff with a fleetwide overview of IT network security and update status to support cyber compliance.
Marlink said it helps shipping companies to manage compliance-based challenges without the need for additional hardware installations. A cloud-based health check dashboard of vessel IT devices and software is used, enabling operating system updates to be processed without the need for memory sticks or DVDs, using Marlink’s XChange smart edge.
Vessel owners can ensure they comply with IMO2021 cyber security regulations. Since January 2021, vessel operators are required to demonstrate preparedness for cyber security risks as part of the ISM Code Document of Compliance.
With the number of audits and inspections increasing, operators need IT solutions that can be easily deployed across their fleets to support cyber secure processes on board. This was discussed in depth during Riviera Maritime Media’s Maritime Cyber Tech & Ops Webinar Day on 10 June.
Marlink also unveiled an ITLink Advanced solution as a complete suite of ship IT management features and tools which enables ship operators to fully manage all aspects of their ships’ IT operations. They can enforce, across all their vessels, a clearly defined and standardised IT and cyber security policy.
Shipping lines have the option to have the management of the IT assets outsourced to Marlink to focus their own IT development resources on core business applications.
“Our ITLink solutions are designed to provide an expanded range of options that support management and compliance, from minimum requirements to complete and fully managed IT solutions.” said Marlink president for digital Nicolas Furge.
“By providing a simplified range of solutions for owners or ship managers, we have responded to the need to help them improve efficiency, operate safely and meet compliance with IMO 2021.”
Cyber security issues, challenges and compliance were discussed by panels of experts during Riviera Maritime Media’s Maritime Cyber Tech & Ops Webinar Day on 10 June