Held Shipping in Germany is putting management of a range of technology and communications systems for its 27-vessel fleet in the hands of Marlink, under a new deal covering connectivity, bridge system maintenance and managed IT and cyber security services.
The agreement covers VSAT communications, IT system monitoring and cyber detection services, along with planned maintenance provided by Telemar Germany.
The Haren-based company manages a fleet of feeder vessels, mini-bulkers, multipurpose vessels and container ships, some of which operate in European waters and the rest worldwide.
Telemar, part of the Marlink Group, will customise the maintenance schedule for the bridge electronics based on each ship’s trade pattern. Six European-based vessels will follow dedicated maintenance and replacement routines for all core bridge electronics equipment on board, backed by Telemar’s TWS platform to manage due dates and remote service support in German and English.
Vessels operating internationally will be provided with services as required in major ports around the world, with the same ongoing access to remote support.
“The Held team is dedicated to ensuring that our vessels operate in excellent technical condition and at maximum operational readiness, with regular inspections, dockings and the maintenance of established quality management systems,” said Laurenz Held at Held Bereederungs.
“Our ability to co-ordinate these activities ever more closely with enhanced communications, maintenance and digital services reinforces the values we project towards our customers.”