Marlink and Radio Holland strengthen their long-term partnership
Marlink and Radio Holland have concluded a partnership agreement whereby Marlink has acquired Radio Holland’s connectivity business. The partnership builds on the complementary strengths and extensive expertise of the two leading technology companies and enables Marlink to further strengthen its global leadership in maritime VSAT. Radio Holland will be the preferred global sales and service partner and offer Marlink’s world-class and future-proof satcom connectivity portfolio in combination with its well-established maritime electronics solutions. Furthermore, Radio Holland and the Marlink Group, including Telemar, will intensify their existing cooperation in NavCom sales and servicing.
The partnership between Marlink and Radio Holland will give maritime customers access to an unrivalled portfolio of broadband connectivity solutions, in particular to VSAT services. By innovating and co-creating new solutions and applications, the two companies will enable efficient digital vessel operations to cater for evolving needs of their maritime customers.
Going forward, Marlink will manage the connectivity contracts as well as the 24/7/365 operations and support for Radio Holland customers through its network operations and customer support centres. Radio Holland customers will benefit from high-quality multi-band connectivity services, such as the industry-leading maritime VSAT service Sealink. Radio Holland will be the preferred global partner for Marlink’s connectivity portfolio and will continue to focus on providing efficient NavCom, on-board ICT and Maintenance solutions.
With the transfer of Radio Holland’s connectivity business, Marlink will further strengthen its position as the worldwide leader in maritime communications and VSAT services, generating close to $500 million of revenues and serving about 5000 VSAT vessels under contract.
“The agreement is a win-win for all parties involved. Together, we will provide our customers with best-fit and future-proof connectivity solutions,” said Erik Ceuppens, CEO of the Marlink Group. “Radio Holland’s customers will experience a seamless transition to Marlink’s network, where they will enjoy the best-in-class maritime VSAT service of the industry together with a rich solutions portfolio designed to support vessel operational efficiency, crew welfare, remote ICT management and security.”
“By strengthening our partnership with Marlink we can bring even more connectivity innovations to customers worldwide,” said Paul Smulders of Radio Holland Group. “It is a logical addition to our strategy innovation focus of providing the shipping industry with remote monitoring and IT on-board solutions, through our global service network. It’s all about better serving our customers with innovative solutions and applications that enable digital vessel operations and help ship owners lower the total cost of ownership.”
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Through its ownership of both Marlink and Telemar, Apax Partners has created a Group dedicated to providing the maritime industry with an integrated offering of broadband communications, digital solutions, bridge electronics and on-board maintenance. The Group is led by Erik Ceuppens as CEO.
Combining the power of these two long-term, expert organisations, Telemar and Marlink are the world’s leading maritime communication, digital solutions and servicing specialist covering all customer segments at sea including: Shipping, Offshore, Cruise & Ferry, Yachting and Fishing. The newly combined group will generate US $450 Million in revenues with more than 800 employees worldwide serving at least 1 in 3 vessels operating globally. The group will also continue to deliver the benefits of a digital and connected world to enterprise customers such as energy and mining companies, humanitarian organisations, global media and events companies.
The new Group will provide customers with unrivalled service and support through an enhanced global footprint and worldwide sales and service locations. A global 24/7 helpdesk, specialised competence centres, local presence on all continents and a network of 1000 service points staffed by highly qualified, certified service engineers, will support global customers to operate smarter and safer.
More than 70 years’ experience combined with strong satellite network operator and bridge electronics manufacturer partnerships enables the group to bring the power of broadband communication, maritime bridge technology and service excellence to customers globally, further optimising their business operations and enabling the digital vessels of tomorrow.