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Marlink scores ‘double first’ to win Smart4Sea Connectivity and Leadership awards

Marlink, the smart network company, has been recognised for its work supporting the maritime industry, winning the Smart4Sea Connectivity and Leadership Awards for 2022.

Tore Morten Olsen, President of Maritime for Marlink

Marlink has been named winner in the Connectivity category for its ‘Smart Network’ strategy, which supports digitalisation by offering hybrid connectivity across multiple channels to keep vessels connected.


Specialised markets such as the maritime industry require the optimisation of network connectivity to meet specific challenges, delivering the network as a service to meet complex business requirements. This requires a combination of satellite and terrestrial carriers across multiple frequencies, beams and orbits, a service provider with an extensive ground-based backbone, a network optimised for use with hardware and software to provide certainty and quality that the shipping industry needs.


During the COVID-19 pandemic Marlink’s Maritime division set the standard for provision of remote connectivity, service and support using smart network solutions. With much of the world working from home, vessels required robust high throughput communications and access by engineers that would keep them functioning.


President, Maritime for Marlink Tore Morten Olsen, won the Leadership Award, which is presented to an individual who has provided industry leadership and contributed towards smarter shipping throughout their career.


Over the past five years as President, Maritime of Marlink, Tore Morten Olsen has played a significant role in supporting the maritime industry’s transition to digitalisation, with a focus on helping vessel operators adopt smarter ways of working, gather data on their operations and protect their assets from cyber threats.


Under Olsen’s leadership, Marlink has seen significant growth in its business, with ever higher data throughput recorded as more and more shipping companies begin or accelerate their journey to digital operations.


“Our congratulations go to Tore Morten who is a worthy winner of the Leadership Award for his work in providing the vision needed to provide the maritime industry with the tools and solutions it needs,” said Erik Ceuppens, Chief Executive Officer, Marlink Group. “Marlink believes that digitalisation and decarbonisation requires a smart hybrid communications network capable of responding to changes in conditions but always keeping owners in touch and the Connectivity Award reflects the success of this strategy.”


The Smart4Sea Awards ceremony is due for online broadcast during the dedicated virtual event to be held on February 23, 2022.

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