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June 6th, 2016

Sealink Connectivity With Marlink Renewed By CMA CMG + Palantir Network Management

Marlink has been contracted to implement the KeepUp@Sea IT operational platform from Norwegian maritime IT&C experts Palantir on 110 vessels of one of the world’s largest shipping companies, CMA CGM. CMA CGM’s 200 maritime services call at more than 420 ports, covering all five continents.

The contract is part of the recent renewal of CMA CGM’s Sealink connectivity services. KeepUp@Sea will be used to standardize, simplify and automate vessel IT-management, dramatically improving the efficiency and security of CMA CGM’s IT-operations.

KeepUp@Sea monitors all hardware and software on board a vessel and throughout a fleet, allowing IT staff on shore to detect and address issues remotely and pro-actively. The platform enables IT network changes and maintenance, such as software updates from shore, ensuring more stability of computers and equipment on board vessels. Through continuous network monitoring, pro-active maintenance and remote intervention KeepUp@Sea over Marlink’s Sealink connectivity services removes the need to have any IT expertise on board and significantly reduces the time and cost of vessel and fleet IT management. The system allows masters and officers to focus more on operations, and because it requires less physical intervention by IT staff being sent to fix issues on board, the cost of travel and its environmental impact can be reduced.

Integrated with Marlink’s multi-band Sealink connectivity services to ensure high availability globally, Palantir IT solutions enable shipowners and operators to significantly improve fleet efficiency while reducing maintenance costs. By handing real-time network management to IT experts on shore, CMA CGM can be more confident in the security of its maritime and land based networks. The solution features a unique dashboard display concept, which forms the interface to a powerful, scalable and flexible solution to optimise IT operations.

According to Palantir's CEO, Arvid Dregelid, his company has been working closely with CMA CGM for more than a year to ensure the KeepUp@Sea framework fits their requirements. The President of Maritime, Marlink, Tore Morten Olsen, also stated that this partnership leverages the synergies between maritime connectivity, IT management and security for the benefit of his company's multi-band maritime comms services and the maritime industry as a whole.