The agreement enables NSC-Group to support its strategy for digitization and vessel performance optimization with always-on connectivity and added value services.
The Marlink VSAT service is supported by Marlink’s XChange Power communications management system and business critical solutions such as SkyFile Mail email service and SkyFile AntiVirus premium security solution. Marlink also provides voice calling services and L-band back-up communications.
NSC-Group operates a diverse fleet consisting of containerships, multi-purpose carriers, bulkers, con-bulkers, car carriers and tankers. Its move to VSAT connectivity has enabled the company to leverage bandwidth and capacity to bring a digitalized approach into its vessel operations. Under the new agreement, NSC-Group will undertake a test of Marlink’s latest value added services, including XChange Cloud Premium and IT-Link remote monitoring tool.
XChange Cloud Premium helps to streamline and enhance business, logistical and vessel operations by providing a reliable, easy to manage platform to share important files of any size or type throughout a fleet. The solution presents unique capabilities for sending or collecting large numbers of files and folders to single or multiple vessels simultaneously.
Combining Marlink’s VSAT connectivity with its suite of software tools, NSC-Group can combine enterprise applications for safety, operational efficiency and regulatory compliance with reliable connections for crew. This enables them to stay in touch with friends and family and make greater use of social media and internet browsing.
Patrick Schulz-Hentschel, Head of IT Department, NSC-Group, said the experience using Marlink VSAT with the XChange management system has demonstrated the benefits of reliable, high throughput connections to our digitalized operations and now the firm is ready to take the next step. NSC-Group's Plans for leveraging cloud-based data services and remote updating of PC networks for compliance, means service to clients will be improved and our crews will be happy.
Tore Morten Olsen, President, Maritime, Marlink, noted that the company is delighted that NSC-Group has decided to maintain its relationship with Marlink and that reflects the trend toward dedicated VSAT services and applications as essential for a modern shipping business. Companies such as NSC-Group have realized that a sustainable and profitable business is built on the embrace of digitization, the cleanest and most efficient operations and the welfare of its people.