Hamburg-based Leonhardt & Blumberg (L&B), one
of Germany's independent charter owner of handysize
containerships, has become the first customer for Marlink's new
Sealink Business VSAT service. With Sealink Business on board,
L&B's fleet will operate using guaranteed minimum bandwidth
regardless of the amount of data consumed, ensuring availability
for business critical applications at all times.
L&B will use its new on board communication capabilities to
focus on operational improvements, including more electronic
document handling and collaboration between vessels and
shore-based personnel. While business processes are L&B's
primary driver for using Sealink Business, the company will also
be able to improve its crew communication facilities.
The contract is a result of collaboration between Marlink and
Telemar Germany to demonstrate the operational benefits that
moving to Sealink Business can bring to L&B's fleet. The
unique portfolio of satcom services and technology combined with
bridge electronics shared by Marlink and Telemar positions the
Group as a valuable technology partner for modern ship owners
such as L&B.
Sealink Business offers seven Committed Information Rate (CIR)
levels from 32 to 256 Kbps. Users will never go below the CIR
they choose, while still enjoying the benefits of the new
service's burstable Maximum Information (MIR) up to 2Mbps, which
is available on a global basis.
With choice and flexibility at its core, Sealink Business is
designed to provide guaranteed levels of service according to the
differing budget requirements of diverse maritime customers. The
combination of guaranteed bandwidth without constraints on data
consumption will enable L&B to use more data dependent
applications while at the same time experience more cost control
with guaranteed availability of service.
Sealink Business can be delivered on 60 cm, 80 cm and 1 meter
antennas, and provides access to all Marlink digital solutions.
L&B vessels will receive a reliable connection on 1 meter
antennas, and will utilise the XChange centralised IT and
communications management system to ensure seamless access to
Marlink's extensive global network and easy administration, in
addition to automatic switching to the existing L-band system on
board for back-up purposes. L&B will also have access to
Portal360, the online portal, for monitoring and control.