Marlink has acquired Palantir AS, a Norway-based maritime IT
company specializing in remote IT management solutions. The Share
Purchase Agreement whereby Marlink acquired 100 percent of
Palantir AS shares was completed on March 17, 2017.
Palantir provides IT managers on shore with access to individual
vessels or entire fleets for remote support and management of on
board IT networks. Marlink and Palantir already collaboratep
through a strategic partnership agreement started in September
2014, which has enabled Marlink to deliver integrated IT
management services to its Sealink multi-band communications
service customers, including Stolt Tankers and CMA CGM.
Palantir's maritime IT solutions enable shipowners and operators
to improve fleet efficiency while reducing maintenance costs
through standardization, automation and remote management.
Palantir is the company behind the KeepUp@Sea managed IT service,
which monitors all IT networks on board a vessel and across a
fleet, providing savings by enabling IT staff on shore to detect
and address issues remotely. Ship owners benefit from increased
uptime and reduced burden on officers on board, in addition to
less requirement for travel and physical interventions on IT
issues, which supports cost reductions while lowering carbon
As a complement to Marlink's Sealink multi-band communications
services, KeepUp@Sea has enabled Marlink to expand its offering
to shipping companies, providing fleet-wide control of IT network
changes and upgrades from shore, ensuring more stability of PCs
and equipment on board vessels. The system delivers more IT
network uptime on board, providing high availability for diverse
'smart shipping' applications that are helping the industry to
operate more effectively.
"Together, Marlink, Telemar and Palantir will offer an incredibly
diverse service portfolio, supporting the shipping industry with
state-of-the art communications, IT and electronics solutions
from a single global and highly experienced organization" said
Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink.
"As the shipping industry is becoming increasingly more focused
on data solutions further integration of IT and communications
services is a must," said Arvid Dregelid, President at Palantir
AS. "Working as part of the same organization, we bring the
ability for Marlink to support the shipping industry with both
the satcom and IT side, ensuring that the availability of
networks on board matches the reliability of the link between
ship and shore."