Stolt Tankers is investing in advanced VSAT for its 83-strong fleet of ships to enabling greater digitalisation of its operations
It has renewed its satellite communications contract with Marlink and agreed to upgrade VSAT, IT and data networks on its tankers.
Marlink will provide end-to-end managed connectivity, reinforced cyber security and IT solutions on 83 chemical and parcel tankers under this agreement, upgrading bandwidth and deploying version 5.0 of the XChange communications management system. Satellite communications will be delivered over Ku-band VSAT with an L-band back-up.
Stolt’s renewed contract involves flexible connectivity solutions that combine intelligent, hybrid networks with smarter data handling to enable digitalisation and support critical communications.
Marlink’s new 4G connectivity option will also be added to Stolt Tankers’ service package. This will enable communications to switch from VSAT to 4G mobile networks when these are in range near coasts and in ports, contributing to more resilience and availability of connectivity services with cost-effective, low-latency and high-bandwidth communications.
In addition, a new virtual private network to shoreside operation centres will be deployed on tankers to enable secure streamlining and data sharing to improve business and operational efficiencies.
Marlink will enable data processing at the network’s edge and proactive monitoring and support to onboard systems providing the maximum possible uptime and quality of service.
“Stolt is an operator with the very highest standards of safety and transparency and our services will continue to provide the foundations of its business strategy for years to come,” said Marlink president for maritime Tore Morten Olsen.
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