Ship satellite communications provider Marlink has acquired its long-term partner Palantir to expand into vessel IT management. They have been working closely together through a strategic partnership agreement since September 2014 to deliver VSAT combined with IT network management. The acquisition was completed on 17 March 2017.
Together they have delivered integrated IT management services via Sealink multi-band VSAT to shipowners such as Stolt Tankers and CMA CGM. Palantir’s IT solutions enable vessel operators to improve fleet efficiency and lower maintenance costs through remote management of onboard networks.
This uses the KeepUp@Sea managed IT service, which monitors all IT networks on board a vessel and across a fleet. It enables onshore IT staff to detect issues and address them early and remotely. Marlink will be offering KeepUp@Sea as part of its Sealink VSAT services to deliver smart-shipping applications.
Marlink’s president of maritime Tore Morten Olsen commented: “Together, we will offer an incredibly diverse service portfolio, supporting the shipping industry with communications, IT and electronics solutions from a single global organisation.”
This acquisition comes just months after Marlink was merged with Telemar Group by ownership organisation Apax Partners. The newly combined group will generate US$450 million in revenues with more than 800 employees worldwide serving at least one in three vessels operating globally.