Leonhardt & Blumberg selects Marlink's new VSAT onboard connectivity service


Germany-based Leonhardt & Blumberg (L&B) has selected Marlink's new Sealink Business VSAT service for its entire fleet of handysize container ships.

The new arrangement will see L&B vessels receive a reliable connection via one-metre antennas, and will use XChange centralised IT and communications management system to ensure easy administration services and seamless access to Marlink’s global network.

The vessels will also receive an automatic switching facility for the existing on-board L-band system for back-up purposes. In addition, L&B will have access to the online monitoring and control network Portal360.

L&B aims to improve its operational capabilities with these new connectivity systems, which include handling of more electronic documentation and increased collaboration between vessels and shore-based personnel.

The company's business processes and crew communication facilities will also be enhanced by incorporating the Sealink Business VSAT service.

"L&B will receive a significant boost for on board communication across its fleet, enabling it to operate smarter and more efficiently."

The new contract was awarded following a collaborative demonstration of the Sealink Business platform between Marlink and Telemar Germany, which provides services to L&B.

Marlink maritime president Morten Olsen said: “L&B will receive a significant boost for on board communication across its fleet, enabling it to operate smarter and more efficiently.

“We see that German ship owners are increasingly making the move to VSAT and Telemar’s customers like L&B are leading the way.

“With a focus on cost combined with fixed service levels, Sealink Business makes the decision to migrate from pay as you go L-band services to VSAT even easier.”

Marlink further noted that its Sealink Business offers seven committed information rate (CIR) levels from 32kbp-256kbp.

The solution is also designed to provide guaranteed bandwidth without constraints on data consumption in accordance with the requirements of various maritime customers.