Austal has launched MARINELINK-Fleet, which offers ferry operators a live, integrated view of a fleet’s operating environment, schedule, comfort and fuel performance
The solution is a new addition to Austal’s MARINELINK product range, MARINELINK-Fleet.
It builds upon Austal’s MARINELINK onboard vessel monitoring, alarm and control system, and recent MARINELINK-Smart application that adds ‘smart ship’ capabilities.
Austal also launched MARINELINK-Sense, which tracks and reports passenger comfort based on vessel motion and stability in various sea states throughout each journey.
At the annual Interferry conference in London, Austal technology development manager Max van Someren said the new products enable ferry operators to more effectively monitor their fleet and achieve optimum vessel performance and customer experience.
“MARINELINK-Fleet is available to any ferry operator and is suitable for any type of ship, from any builder, said Mr van Someren. “MARINELINK-Fleet literally puts you at the centre of your ferry operations – with enhanced visibility of your ships’ location, schedule and current local weather in one easy-to-use web-based interface. MARINELINK-Fleet helps you identify operational issues in real-time and act before they impact your fleet’s schedule and costs.”
Austal has fitted MARINELINK to over 160 high-speed ferries since 1996 and is now fitting MARINELINK-Smart, a smart ship platform that provides real-time monitoring and analysis of fuel, trim and other operating systems on all new Austal builds. MARINELINK-Fleet further extends the insight available to operators by delivering real-time and historical information on vessel routes, live fleet locations, schedule performance and ETAs, speed profile and live weather conditions.
Austal has been working with ferry operators including Fred Olsen to develop the MARINELINK-Smart, Fleet and Sense products with the aim of enhancing their operations with data that enables decision making, in real-time.