Mitsui OSK Lines implements Marlink smart hybrid connectivity including Starlink LEO services

Source: press release, 12 December 2022

Marlink has added SpaceX’s Starlink service to its offerings, strengthening its connectivity solutions portfolio for maritime and enterprise customers
Marlink has added SpaceX’s Starlink service to its offerings, strengthening its connectivity solutions portfolio for maritime and enterprise customers (photo: Official SpaceX Photos – Starlink Mission)

Marlink, the smart network solutions company, will deploy its hybrid connectivity solutions on selected vessels operated by Japanese shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), integrating Starlink LEO with its highly reliable Sealink GEO VSAT service and its digital platform.

MOL will verify how Marlink’s unique network can enhance operating safety and improve high-speed communications for seafarers. Starlink’s high speed, low latency connectivity will form an integral part of this hybrid solution, designed to provide a reliable Committed Information Rate (CIR) in combination with unparalleled Maximum Information Rate (MIR) performance.

The Marlink network will be completed with an L-band backup solution and will be seamlessly and securely orchestrated with Marlink’s network management platform, XChange and advanced Cyber threat detection, including Security Operation Center (SOC) as a service.

MOL is one of the world’s largest shipping companies with more than 130 years of history and operational experience. The company plans to verify the effectiveness of Marlink’s hybrid network solution including Starlink within its future digital innovation strategy.

Marlink’s integration of Starlink into one seamless end-to-end managed hybrid network provided to MOL, will improve user experience, application performance and security. MOL will also benefit from additional managed services including global 24/7 support to ensure the smooth integration of the connectivity into MOL’s business operations.

Marlink will leverage its 40 years of satcom network expertise to provide MOL with professional services such as network assessment, design, configuration, integration and delivery. Marlink’s network management platform, XChange will include the latest software-defined (SD-WAN) technology to optimise the routing of MOL’s applications by leveraging the different connectivity solutions simultaneously.

MOL is committed to improving operational and environmental performance across its diversified fleet. The company has long believed in the importance of communications technology to drive efficiency and voyage optimisation through data collection.

“Marlink is honoured to have been selected by MOL for this next-generation connectivity evaluation, blending GEO/LEO services and we look forward to working with our Japanese colleagues to demonstrate the power of this hybrid, future-proof network,” says Tore Morten Olsen, President, Maritime, Marlink. “This pilot will demonstrate the unique user experience of high speed, low latency connectivity working alongside our highly reliable GEO VSAT services, enabling shipowners to drive operational efficiency and enhance crew welfare.”

“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,” says 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.”