• Responding to the convergence of satellite connectivity and IT networks on board vessels

• Providing customers with a one-stop-shop, increasing process efficiency by closer integration of IT and satcoms

Marlink and maritime IT specialist Palantir AS have signed a strategic partnership agreement that will improve access to sophisticated IT services in the maritime industry. Palantir's IT products complement Marlink parent company Airbus Defence and Space's extensive AuroraGlobal multi-band (Ka-, Ku-, C and L-band) connectivity portfolio and value added solutions, which enable shipping companies to optimise communications and operations.

Through the agreement, Palantir, a leading supplier of managed maritime IT products and services will support Marlink in taking increased responsibility for its customers' IT systems on board. Marlink will provide customers with access to Palantir's portfolio of services.

Palantir's KeepUp@Sea managed IT service monitors all hardware and software on board a vessel and across a fleet, allowing IT staff on shore to detect and address issues remotely. Combined with AuroraGlobal, Palantir's IT solutions enable shipowners and operators to significantly improve fleet efficiency whilst reducing maintenance costs through standardisation and remote management. KeepUp@Sea gives fleet-wide control of IT network changes and upgrades from shore, ensuring more stability of PCs and equipment on board vessels.

"Satcoms is one of the key enablers of our products and services, so it makes sense for us to work closely with the leading connectivity agnostic maritime satcom company," says Arvid Dregelid, President at Palantir AS. "Together, our respective capabilities become of better value for the customer, and we will be able to develop even more advanced solutions to improve vessel efficiency and reduce the cost of running a fleet."

"This strategic partnership strengthens our ability to respond better to our customer requirements to act as a one-stop-shop for maritime IT solutions combined with broadband satellite connectivity," said Tore Morten Olsen, Head of maritime satellite communications activities at Airbus Defence and Space. "Palantir's managed IT services complement and extend perfectly our best-in-class satcom portfolio, strengthening end-to-end solutions for our customers and providing them with the best possible experience. Building on our proven technology and the AuroraGlobal portfolio we will continue to develop new opportunities for growth, innovation and expansion, creating increased value to our global customer base."

Marlink Palantir Maritime VSAT Marlink by Airbus DS is a world leading provider of satellite services. Providing access to the broadest range of product and service choices, Marlink can support virtually any requirement for maritime connectivity worldwide. The company's unrivalled portfolio includes on-demand services such as Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya, as well as its own range of C-band and Ku-band VSAT solutions. Marlink routes communication through its own teleports to ensure high quality, reliability and flexibility for its customers. With offices worldwide, including Athens, Brussels, Dubai, Hamburg, Houston, London, Mumbai, Oslo, Washington DC, Singapore, Stavanger and Tokyo, Marlink is able to support its wide-ranging portfolio with installation and customer support that is offered on a global basis. Marlink is a fully owned subsidiary and direct sales channel of Airbus Defence and Space for maritime satellite communications.

More information: www.marlink.com

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