Britain’s BP Shipping has selected satellite service provider Marlink to support operational efficiency and crew communication across its operated fleet.
Under the new contract, Marlink will deliver global multi-band high-speed very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services to facilitate primary communication capability including mobile satellite system (MSS) back-up to BP’s tanker fleet.
Marlink CEO Tore Morten Olsen said: "BP Shipping was the first tanker fleet to use Sealink VSAT services 13 years ago and we are proud that BP Shipping places its trust again in Marlink as a partner and VSAT pioneer.
"Through Marlink’s own infrastructure, we will deliver a high bandwidth data link and global support, leveraging our entire organisation to ensure BP Shipping’s tankers can further improve operational performance and are supported remotely and locally by our expert engineers."
The company’s current operated fleet will migrate to Sealink Ku-band VSAT and retain C-band VSAT antennas, enabling Marlink to deliver a multi-band broadband service with enhanced global access, especially while operating close to structures that may block-out the line of sight to the satellite.
Sealink Ku-band VSAT is expected to provide enhanced connectivity with higher bandwidth than currently available on its C-band VSAT, while supporting business critical IP applications such as condition based maintenance, reducing equipment servicing costs.
Additionally, the Sealink VSAT will become the carrier for BP Shipping’s existing voice calling system.
Marlink’s solution will help to evade unnecessary bandwidth consumption by blocking access to specific websites and restricting bandwidth-consuming services, while giving precedence to genuine internet usage.
In 2013, Marlink upgraded 35 CMA CGM vessels with the company’s standardised Ku-band VSAT service, WaveCall.