Network solution provider, Marlink, is supporting PONANT’s first Polar exploration ship, ’Le Commandant Charcot’, with the supply of data and voice connectivity.
’Le Commandant Charcot’ became the first vessel of her type to reach the geographic North Pole on 6th September, 2021, during sea trials in preparation for her maiden voyage later this year.
Marlink provided what was claimed to be a unique and industry-first hybrid network solution, combining Sealink dual C- and Ku-band VSAT connectivity, GEO and LEO L-band connectivity and a high-data volume LEO store & forward capability.
This network employs some of the latest technologies, including software defined routeing (SD-WAN) for an optimised guest experience.
Marlink’s LTE/GSM service completes the hybrid network solution and enables PONANT to provide a total delivery of hundreds of gigabytes per month, offering a record amount of data to connectivity-hungry customers.
Constructed at VARD’s Tulcea shipyard in Romania, with outfitting completed at the VARD shipyard in Søviknes, Norway, the 123 stateroom ’Le Commandant Charcot’ is the first hybrid electric Polar exploration ship powered by LNG.
“’Le Commandant Charcot’ will enable guests to follow in the footsteps of French Polar scientist, Jean-Baptiste Charcot, a challenge that demands the best in vessel design and operations,” said Mathieu Petiteau, PONANT’s Director of Newbuilds, Research & Development.
“The challenge we gave Marlink was simple: to create a communications solution without compromise worthy of Polar explorers and tailored for those who follow their footsteps and they have delivered.”
“’Le Commandant Charcot’ will feature a new level of connectivity, enhancing the experience for guests and keeping them connected when at extreme latitudes,” added Tore Morten Olsen, President, Maritime, Marlink. “By combining GEO and LEO constellations with our managed services terrestrial connectivity and global network knowhow, Marlink is able to provide the best possible services and keep PONANT’s promises to its customers.”