Japanese shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is set to roll out Starlink satcom services on a group of selected vessels, integrated into a hybrid network with existing VSAT services and L-band back-up.
The connectivity platform will be delivered by Marlink, designed to provide an agreed Committed Information Rate (CIR) burstable up to high-bandwidth Maximum Information Rate (MIR) best effort speeds depending on the satcom service available.
Switching and other operational parameters will be controlled by Marlink’s network management platform XChange, including cyber threat detection and Security Operation Center (SOC) support.
The XChange platform also includes software-defined (SD-WAN) technology to optimise the routing of MOL’s applications, leveraging the different connectivity options simultaneously.
“MOL is pleased to be collaborating with Marlink to bring the next generation of maritime communications to our fleet and understand better how these services fit into our digital sustainability strategy,” said Ryusuke Kimura, Managing Executive Officer, Mitsui OSK Lines.
“The ability to improve our business processes and the welfare of our crews with a partner like Marlink enables us to focus on our core activities and provide the best possible service to our customers.”