Marlink has unveiled a new Ku-band VSAT service aimed at smaller merchant, offshore and fishing vessels. 

Created in response to the growing demand for regional VSAT coverage requiring a smaller antenna, Sealink 60 provides regional connectivity to vessels seeking to upgrade from L-band services.


Marlink created Sealink 60 in response to growing demand for flexible connectivity from smaller vessel operators seeking to upgrade from L-band services Photo: Marlink

“The introduction of Sealink 60 marks a further evolution of Marlink’s VSAT services, since it will exclusively cater for vessels requiring reduced antenna size and maximum flexibility in terms of coverage and throughput,” said Tore Morten Olsen, president, maritime, Marlink.

“We understand that these smaller ships may regularly switch areas of operation or spend planned time in lay-up and we have designed our plans to deliver maximum value to our customers in these markets.”

Sealink 60 comes in a choice of two 60cm antennas and is available with different service plans, with or without guaranteed bandwidth. It can be provided to vessels in several regional coverage areas as well as during transits between areas.

The service is offered with unlimited usage, data speeds up to 5 Mbps and a choice of maximum information rate (MIR)-only or combined MIR/committed information rate (CIR) plans. The service can also be upgraded from regional to global coverage, with short term bandwidth upgrades and up to six months of lay-up per year also available.

Sealink 60 is ‘hybrid-ready’, ie it can be combined with low-latency, high-bandwidth terrestrial technologies including 4G to create a hybrid network solution, and is managed by Marlink’s onboard Xchange server.