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January 10th, 2018

Contract Extension Between De Poli Tankers and Marlink

Dutch ship owner De Poli Tankers BV has extended their contract with Marlink, securing high-bandwidth global communication using the Sealink Plus service for the company's fleet of eight chemical tankers and two gas tankers.

De Poli Tankers' in-house ITC company, Maritime Performances BV, decided to retain the Sealink Plus service for the future as it combines high-bandwidth VSAT with unlimited L-band back-up in a single easy to manage bundle.

De Poli Tankers first migrated to Marlink VSAT from L-band only communications in 2013, leveraging the increased bandwidth and cost management benefits to improve fleet and business operations while offering more availability and quality for its crew communication facilities. Sealink Plus is delivered through 1 meter Ku-band antennas and the latest modem technology, while Marlink’s state-of-the-art XChange centralized IT and communications management system provides simplified administration including managing time slots for crew usage.

Supporting De Poli Tankers to manage its fleet more effectively, Maritime Performances has also deployed Marlink’s SkyFile Mail solution including SkyFile ENOAD, which provides an efficient way to enable users to comply with the latest US Coast Guard regulations. With SkyFile ENOAD, Notice of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) forms can be completed electronically and delivered all within the SkyFile ecosystem, ensuring timely reporting and reducing the risk of errors.

Ardi vd Wagt, IT specialist at Maritime Performances BV, said that by providing a stable, fast IP connection globally, Sealink has become vital to supporting operations across the De Poli Tankers fleet as the company is focused on delivering optimization through digital processes. Renewing our contract with Marlink was a natural step, as this ensures the company can continue to experience a highly available VSAT service, with fully integrated, unlimited L-band back up communications all under a single fixed cost contract.

Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink, added that De Poli Tankers’ move to VSAT in 2013 is typical of many of the company's customers, in that they very quickly noticed that fast, fixed monthly cost global connectivity can have a very positive effect on fleet operations.