Marlink signed an agreement to provide hybrid network connectivity services to at least 100 ships operated by shipmanager Thome Group.
he contract will guarantee that the vessels are equipped with high speed VSAT service as well as L-band back-up to ensure flexible guaranteed bandwidth at all times.
Thome selected Marlink to streamline and harmonise data services across the fleet, accelerating its digitalisation strategy and collecting business critical operational data required for smart vessel operations.
The new contract also ensures that Thome managed vessels have sufficient bandwidth to keep crew connected with family and friends. Key to providing this new standard of connectivity for Thome Group is Marlink’s use of a flexible Committed Information Rate (CIR) to deploy guaranteed bandwidth which can be adjusted based on the vessel’s data demand.
This agreement with Marlink is a further step on a digitalisation journey that will help our customers realise the benefits of digitalisation on a standardised platform
said Say Toon Foo, Vice President IT, Thome Group.
Recently, OSM Maritime Group and Thome Group announced their agreement to a merger of the two companies. The combined company will be named OSM Thome.
Today, the two companies manage 1,000 ships, whereof 450 ships on full technical management, and 550 ships on crew management. The fleet consists of different segments such as tank, bulk, container, car carriers, cruise ships and offshore vessels and units.
Completion of the merger of the two companies is conditional upon approval from the competition and other relevant authorities, which is anticipated during the first quarter of 2023. Until the merger has been formally approved, the two companies will operate as before, with separate management and organisations.