Leading marine energy, transportation, storage and production company selects ITLink solutions for more compliance and resilience
Altera Infrastructure (formerly Teekay Offshore) has selected Marlink’s ITLink solutions portfolio to streamline and improve fleet IT management. The deployment of ITLink positions Marlink as a single supplier of diverse Information Communication Technology (ICT) services for Altera’s vessels, following a satellite services contract renewal in May 2019.
Marlink will provision ITLink solutions across Altera’s fleet of shuttle tankers, ALP towing vessels and floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units to ensure more availability of operational tools, resulting in more efficient and sustainable fleet operations.
Representing a major endorsement of Marlink’s ability to facilitate end-to-end digitalisation strategies for maritime businesses, this latest contract with Altera also highlights the operational and financial advantages of using a single supplier to integrate failsafe global connectivity with a secure, managed IT infrastructure.
Under the conditions of the new deal, Marlink’s ITLink solutions will manage and optimise Altera’s fleet IT infrastructure and software. The implementation of standardisation, automation and remote network management generates substantial savings in time and resources while reducing the possibility of human error and the requirement for technicians to travel to a ship to fix IT issues. This helps to reduce Altera’s environmental footprint, while maintaining the compliance and resilience of vessel IT networks with automated software updates and remote access for troubleshooting.
Marlink’s seamless VSAT connectivity is crucial to the successful running of Altera’s operational processes, expediting everything from document/data transfer, remote diagnostics, voice communications and videoconferencing to planned maintenance system updates and morale-boosting social media browsing for crew welfare. ITLink solutions are also key to a cyber-secure and well-ordered IT network, future-proofing the firm in readiness for fleet expansion, with the building of six new E-shuttle tankers, and the advent of new regulations including IMO 2021 Cyber Security guidelines.
As our operations become ever more sophisticated, encompassing the shore-based remote monitoring of onboard systems, it’s obviously vital for us to know that the digital foundation between vessels and from shore to ship can be relied upon without question. We’re delighted to have Marlink as an attentive and convenient single interface between our all-important IT and communications structures.
Regis Rougier, Vice President Operations, Altera
We’re very pleased to be strengthening our close relationship with Altera and keeping the company at the cutting-edge of maritime digitalisation. The integration of our connectivity services with the ITLink portfolio will simplify and enhance Altera’s IT infrastructure, with all the material, logistical and support benefits they can expect from collaborating with a trusted single source. We are confident that remote digital intervention will have a tangible impact on Altera’s ability to optimise and deliver more sustainable, profitable and environmentally friendly operations.
Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink