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May 11th, 2020

Marlink Meets Petrobras Requirements for Maritime VSAT Services

Marlink has confirmed that its new local teleport, network infrastructure and support capabilities meet new pre-requirements to provide VSAT services for Petrobras-chartered vessels operating offshore Brazil.

Petrobras has set strict new connectivity and services standards for offshore vessels carrying Petrobras crew, following the decision to discontinue its in-house VSAT network by 2023. New bids and contracts for offshore vessels already consider such requirements that will apply to the vast majority of vessels operating in Brazil as existing contracts are renewed.

The main requirements are strict latency standards (~650 milliseconds), redundant direct interconnection to Petrobras data centres, and local support in Portuguese language. The VSAT technology selected by Marlink for the Brazil teleport is able to efficiently deliver compliant speeds to all types of vessels, including high bandwidth consumers like FPSOs and drilling rigs.

Marlink will fulfill the requirements through co-operation with global and local Brazilian partners and is committed to further developing its established presence and capabilities in the region in support of digitization of all maritime and offshore operations. To further extend its range of customer solutions, Marlink also has agreements in place with satellite operators to provide a full range of licensed L-band services in Brazil.

Tore Morten Olsen

Tore Morten Olsen, President, Marlink, said Petrobras is a front runner in its specifications for high bandwidth and well provisioned connectivity for digitally-enabled smart operations to support its energy exploration and production activity. Brazil is an important market for Marlink and the company's ongoing investment will ensure that customers operating vessels offshore are able to meet – and exceed – these demands.

A Petrobras charter of an FPSO (Floating Production Storage & Offloading) for an offshore Brazil project.