Shipping communications group Marlink is boosting its online vessel operations support through a new digital and IT solutions business unit under the leadership of Nicolas Furge, who comes most recently from a cyber career in the public transport sector.

Furge is leading the scaling-up of the group's IT-Cybersecurity and IoT-Digital units to increase the penetration of vessel monitoring and performance applications to Marlink's maritime customers.

The new business unit aims to help increase the uptake of digital services for ship operators including delivery of a range of technologies to automate and deliver IT as a managed service.