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MARLINK ENHANCES EFFICIENCY AND CREW WELFARE ON ENVIRONMENTAL VESSEL

Thursday, November 14, 2019 

An eco-friendly French company, OFW Ships, has chosen Marlink to provide a multi-band connectivity solution, combining high-throughput global VSAT with an L-band back-up for connectivity redundancy.

OFW stands for ‘Ocean Fresh Water’, reflecting the company’s simple purpose: to sustainably convert saltwater into drinks. An OFW Ships vessel equipped with a seawater selected filtration system and bottling plant will be able to produce 2.5 million litres of premium drinks every week.

Saltwater is drawn from the sea and filtered to remove sodium chloride while preserving naturally occurring minerals. The processed water is bottled, packaged and stored on board, then delivered to port. OFW Ships’ environmental policies incorporate a promise to recover as many empty bottles as full ones delivered. Collected bottles will subsequently be recycled and transformed on board into pallets to be used for ensuing deliveries. The overall process divides by 10 the average carbon footprint of a bottle of water.

Marlink’s multi-band connectivity will help OFW Ships to provide seamless crew connectivity enabling the specially hired, technically qualified crew to ensure the successful completion of all technical tasks on board. Greater operational efficiency will be achieved by operating in a more satcom-enabled digital maritime environment and by adapting new applications for smarter decisions and on-board safety.

OFW’s contract with Marlink is based on the multi-band combination of global Ku-band Sealink VSAT with L-band back-up, which ensures seamless global coverage and connectivity in all maritime conditions. The service includes a bandwidth guarantee to ensure enough throughput is available for critical applications used for operations and safety.

“OFW Ships' environmentally responsible mission is a very timely and intelligent solution to an urgent global problem,” said Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink. “It is very exciting for us to support this project by a true green shipping company that is making such an important contribution to creating a more sustainable model for the future, with our connectivity solutions.”

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