Bandwidth bonuses onboard MS Julia

Fastnet Line's flagship vessel MS Julia will be fitted with Sealink VSAT.   Fastnet Line's flagship vessel MS Julia will be fitted with Sealink VSAT.

Maritime satellite communications provider Marlink has secured a three year contract with Irish ferry operator Fastnet Line to deliver, install and operate its innovative Sealink VSAT solution onboard Fastnet’s flagship vessel MS Julia.

The aim is to provide the ferry operator with high quality, reliable bandwidth for vessel management, passenger and crew applications.

‘The installation of Marlink's Sealink solution is inline with our ongoing commitment to offer our customers greater choice, as passengers will be able to take advantage of onboard Internet and telephone services, providing them with greater value during their journey with us. In addition, Sealink will improve operational efficiency by strengthening communications between the vessel and head office ashore and enabling crew to effectively stay in touch with friends and family at home, improving crew welfare,’ said Fastnet’s operations manager Owen Barry..

 Marlink's Sealink Ku-band VSAT will provide MS Julia with bandwidth up to 128 Kbps, as well as 10 simultaneous telephone channels and Administration LAN connected to an Internet VPN service. The contract also includes Marlink's Prepaid Talk and Internet@sea services, which can be sold to passengers at Fastnet Line's own defined rate.

Based in Cork, Ireland Fastnet Line has recently introduced a new overnight route between Cork, Ireland and Swansea, Wales providing a service direct to the South West of Ireland. Marlink routes its services to Fastnet Line through its own teleport in Eik in Norway.

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