Marlink to provide VSAT broadband connectivity to NSC-Group’s 60 vessels


Marlink has been selected to provide very small aperture terminal (VSAT) based maritime broadband connectivity to Germany-based ship operator NSC-Group’s fleet of around 60 vessels.

Marlink, through its Sealink VSAT system, will deliver 10GB of data per month to per ship, operated by NSC-Group.

Supported by XChange communications management system and business critical solutions, including SkyFile Mail, the Sealink VSAT system will enable NSC-Group to carry out various crew welfare and business / operational activities across its fleet.

"The XChange system brings significant functionality to complement the improved Internet connectivity that Sealink VSAT delivers."

Furthermore, crew members of NSC-Group will be able to stay in touch with their friends and family and can browse the Internet, including social media platforms.

Using the company’s existing MSS hardwareon board, Marlink will also provide voice calling services, in addition to back-up communication.

NSC-Group managing director Heiko Meyer said: “The XChange system brings significant functionality to complement the improved Internet connectivity that Sealink VSAT delivers for our fleet.

“It enables easy management of the VSAT link and crew accounts, whilst giving us much better access to IP enabled equipment on board through the URA solution, which will help us to achieve increased vessel uptime through remote maintenance of equipment on board.”

The latest deal will allow NSC-Group to partially transit its vessel operations into a digital process, which includes electronic document handling and interconnected machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

Shifting towards a digital mode of operation will also help the company to reduce its environmental footprint.

NSC-Group currently operates a fleet that includes a combination of container ships, multi-purpose carriers, bulkers, container bulkers, car carriers, and tankers.

Last month, Marlink announced that its Sealink Plus VSAT service was selected to provide internet connectivity to United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) entire fleet of 44 owned vessels and charters.