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MSC to equip its vessels with Marlink technology

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GENEVA : Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has partnered with the technology company Marlink to support its digitalisation goals through Marlink’s hybrid network solutions and IT management.

Marlink deploys a fully managed hybrid network solution, bundling its very-small-aperture terminal (VSAT) connectivity with L-band backup and global 4G connectivity on 127 vessels, to provide MSC with seamless and secure connectivity for its business and crew applications.

The hybrid network solution is secured by the company’s cyber detection service, which scans real-time outbound and inbound network traffic for targeted cyber threats and takes countermeasures to remediate incidents, allowing MSC to keep its remote vessels securely connected.

The Swiss/Italian carrier is also intending to increase the standardisation of its onboard Information technology (IT) systems and to meet 2021 International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements, enabling fleet managers to monitor operating IT systems and software from shore with the roll-out of Marlink’s ITLink management solution across the fleet.

More specifically, ITLink enables MSC fleet managers to remotely access their onboard IT networks for monitoring and troubleshooting in a secure environment, while it also allows software updates and patches to be applied fleetwide.

“Marlink understands the critical requirements that drive container lines; operating a global service with high attention to asset availability, service reliability and security that demand a global approach,” stated Nicolas Furgé, president of the digital and IT solutions business unit at Marlink, and continued, “Our partnership with MSC will enable them to build a digital ecosystem that supports efficient vessel operations and compliance, powered by world-class connectivity.”

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