Hartmann Shipping Services of Germany has upgraded the VSAT communications on its 62-vessel fleet to an unlimited data service with a Committed Information Rate (CIR) following a new deal with satcom provider Marlink, to provide additional bandwidth for a range of digital services.
This will include remote access from shore to onboard IT networks and shipboard systems for company staff and OEM partners, using Marlink’s XChange Universal Remote Access service, as well as an IT LINK system allowing shoreside IT departments to monitor the performance of the IT infrastructure on each vessel.
Various cyber security systems have also been implemented, to align with IMO cyber requirements coming into effect in 2021, and a separate network has been established for crew to enable seafarers to access TV content via the XChange Media service.
“Our operations cover the entire value-added chain of shipping and work closely with national and international partners, relying on a solid reputation to achieve high standards of quality,” said Ulrich Adami, Managing Director, Hartmann Reederei.
“Marlink’s services provide the foundation for a new chapter in our history as we further digitalise our fleet, improve our operational profile and achieve cyber compliance.”
Hartmann, part of the Hartmann Group of Companies, provides technical and commercial management to a fleet of owned and third-party ships, comprising gas tankers, container vessels and bulk carriers.