Mitsui O.S.K Lines implements Marlink smart hybrid connectivity including Starlink LEO services

Monday 12, December 2022

Leading Japanese shipping company will evaluate its sustainability and crew welfare strategies using new low-latency services, within Marlink’s hybrid connectivity network and digital tools.

Oslo and Paris, 12 December 2022.

Marlink, the smart network solutions company, will deploy its hybrid connectivity solutions on selected vessels operated by Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), integrating Starlink LEO with its highly reliable Sealink GEO VSAT service and its digital platform.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)
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MOL will verify how Marlink’s unique network can enhance operating safety and improve high-speed communications for seafarers. Starlink’s high speed, low latency connectivity will form an integral part of this hybrid solution, designed to provide a reliable Committed Information Rate (CIR) in combination with unparalleled Maximum Information Rate (MIR) performance.

The Marlink network will be completed with an L-band backup solution and will be seamlessly and securely orchestrated with Marlink’s network management platform, XChange and advanced Cyber threat detection, including Security Operation Center (SOC) as a service.

MOL is one of the world’s largest shipping companies with more than 130 years of history and operational experience. The company plans to verify the effectiveness of Marlink’s hybrid network solution including Starlink within its future digital innovation strategy.

Marlink’s integration of Starlink into one seamless end-to-end managed hybrid network provided to MOL, will improve user experience, application performance and security. MOL will also benefit from additional managed services including global 24/7 support to ensure the smooth integration of the connectivity into MOL’s business operations.

Marlink will leverage its 40 years of satcom network expertise to provide MOL with professional services such as network assessment, design, configuration, integration and delivery. Marlink’s network management platform, XChange will include the latest software-defined (SD-WAN) technology to optimise the routing of MOL’s applications by leveraging the different connectivity solutions simultaneously.

MOL is committed to improving operational and environmental performance across its diversified fleet. The company has long believed in the importance of communications technology to drive efficiency and voyage optimisation through data collection.

Marlink is honoured to have been selected by MOL for this next-generation connectivity evaluation, blending GEO/LEO services and we look forward to working with our Japanese colleagues to demonstrate the power of this hybrid, future-proof network, said Tore Morten Olsen, President, Maritime, Marlink. This pilot will demonstrate the unique user experience of high speed, low latency connectivity working alongside our highly reliable GEO VSAT services, enabling shipping companies to drive operational efficiency and enhance crew welfare.
MOL is pleased to be collaborating with Marlink to bring the next generation of maritime communications to our fleet and understand better how these services fit into our digital sustainability strategy, said Ryusuke Kimura, Managing Executive Officer, Mitsui O.S.K Lines. The ability to improve our business processes and the welfare of our crews, with a partner like Marlink enables us to focus on our core activities and provide the best possible service to our customers.

About Marlink

Marlink is the trusted partner in fully managed smart network solutions, based on an intelligent hybrid network and unrivalled digital solutions.

The company provides Smart Network Solutions, connecting people and assets around the globe and across all markets where conventional connectivity cannot reach or is not available. Marlink’s Intelligent Hybrid Network combines global satcom and terrestrial technologies via a proprietary global infrastructure.

The Marlink Smart Edge, an integrated service delivery platform, orchestrates and optimises all network elements and applications, from data handling and IT to application-based routing (SD Wan), cloud and Digital Solutions, including remote data and ITcyber security as well as IoT/OT solutions.

This provides customers with full ‘Peace of Mind’ that their chosen network solution is fully optimised, integrated and has the security required to operate more profitably and sustainably, increasing their efficiency and safety through operational optimisation, tracking and routing, monitoring and reporting.

Marlink’s Smart Network Solutions are provided as Managed Services meeting the highest quality standards and service level agreements. The company proactively monitors and supports network solutions, providing alerts, reporting and insights on performance and usage of connectivity, systems, and applications as well as advice and consultancy on how to further optimise customer networks.