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February 8th, 2017

Shuttle Tanker Fleet Sails Into Upgraded Comms with Marlink

A recent contract extension and upgrade has been signed by Teekay with Marlink for the latter's Sealink VSAT solution—this equipment will be applied across the former's entire shuttle tanker fleet.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Teekay is the world’s largest owner and operator of shuttle tankers. The company’s success comes from highly trained crews and advanced onboard technology, including dynamic positioning (DP) and offshore loading (OL) systems, which ensure safe and reliable offloading of oil from offshore installations in deep water and harsh weather environments. Teekay is equally committed to leveraging the power of maritime broadband networks to ensure operational safety and efficiency. The company selected Marlink’s reliable, high bandwidth global Sealink VSAT solution for its entire shuttle tanker fleet since 2011. The latest contract extension and upgrade secures Teekay’s ability to benefit from remote operations and support crew welfare, and includes a significant bandwidth increase to support even more connected applications on board.

The increased Sealink VSAT capacity is already live across the Teekay shuttle tanker fleet. In addition, Teekay has chosen the Marlink solution for three new builds. Teekay will be provided with ample bandwidth for crews to stay in touch with friends and family ashore and a faster, more flexible platform for day-to-day vessel and business operations.Teekay shuttle tankers will continue to benefit from the already installed on board equipment, including antennas, modems and routers.

Deborah Sloan, Contracts Specialist, Teekay, noted that Sealink VSAT is integral to Teekay’s ability to provide efficient vessel operations in support of our global customer base. Marlink’s network has proven itself to be both reliable and versatile, competitively meeting the high-end needs of our technology focus on board. Sealink enables Tekkay's ships to leverage connected applications that improve operational capabilities, so securing this partnership with Marlink while upgrading the bandwidth is a natural step for the company.