Marlink adds Starlink and Eutelsat OneWeb to PONANT Polar cruise ship

2023-11-30T22:07:33+00:00 November 30th, 2023|Technology|

Marlink, the smart network and digital solutions company has completed the integration of Starlink and Eutelsat OneWeb LEO internet services on PONANT’s ’Le Commandant Charcot’.

She is claimed to be the world’s only luxury icebreaker, and Marlink will provide all three LEO connections for the ship’s Polar itineraries.

This installation is the first in the maritime sector to combine Marlink’s Sealink GEO VSAT, with Starlink, Eutelsat OneWeb and Iridium LEO services.

The agreement with PONANT reflects Marlink’s ability to combine guaranteed throughput VSAT services with the emerging high speed, low latency LEO services.

Fitting the three primary services means that PONANT can select the backbone VSAT for data that requires a guaranteed throughput and in addition enjoy Polar coverage using Starlink, Eutelsat OneWeb and Iridium LEO services.

Together Starlink and Eutelsat OneWeb will enable higher speed connections across a range of applications, raising the available throughput and reducing latency for guests and crew usage on board.

The bandwidth delivered by GEO VSAT, LEO networks and 4G/5G services will facilitate the collaboration between the ship’s bridge, engineering crew and shore teams, and enhance connectivity to friends and family, thanks to Marlink’s SD-WAN-orchestrated connectivity.

A hybrid electric Polar exploration vessel powered by LNG, ’Le Commandant Charcot’ is claimed to be the world’s only luxury icebreaking cruise ship.

With 123 staterooms, this innovative Polar vessel takes passengers to the remotest, most isolated regions, such as the geographic North Pole, the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea and Peter I Island.

PONANT’s fleet comprises 13 French-flagged small ships dedicated to exploration voyages.

“PONANT is dedicated to innovation in all aspects of our operations, both for our company and our customers. The need for top-tier connectivity remains paramount, even when operating in high altitudes and extreme weather conditions,” said Jean-Louis Cambert, CIO, PONANT.

“Marlink’s capability to integrate the best available connectivity across various bands and frequencies allows us to keep ‘Le Commandant Charcot’ connected, ensuring the safety of our guests and crew,” he said.

“Marlink is delighted to extend the solution orchestrated for PONANT to include Starlink and Eutelsat OneWeb, giving ‘Le Commandant Charcot’ the unique combination of available services to stay connected wherever she sails,” said Tore Morten Olsen, President, Maritime, Marlink.

“Our expertise in creating digital hybrid solutions means these new services can provide immediate guest benefits while also contributing to safe and smart vessel operations.”