Demand for digitalisation and cloud-based technology in maritime has risen tenfold in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic has driven the industry to work remotely
Higher bandwidths and improved global satellite communications coverage mean the maritime industry is taking greater advantage of the business and operational advantages of the cloud.
Hanseaticsoft managing director Alexander Buchmann said “Covid-19 has prompted maritime businesses to find ways to operate more efficiently and make cost savings, which has led many to turn to cloud technology. As shipping grapples with the rapid pace of technological change and the economic fallout from the pandemic, the use of modern software solutions can help owners navigate the challenges ahead.”
Shipping companies are using technology to improve their internal operations, including their commercial activity and fleets, to strengthen their businesses.
“To do this effectively, the ability to manage and analyse vast amounts of data has become business critical and more shipping companies are investing in innovative technologies such as cloud-based software designed to help them reduce their costs and reclaim time,” said Mr Buchmann.
Cloud-technology is helping companies save time, reduce costs and become more competitive.
“Cloud technology has had a significant impact on the way we handle, store and access data,” said Mr Buchmann. “As data is centrally stored in the cloud, all that is needed to access relevant information is an internet connection, regardless of time or location,” he continued.
“This enables users to work more effectively without having to request anything from colleagues or IT, ideal for employees that are working remotely.”
Centralising data removes boundaries, such as data silos, caused by using different systems. Data from various sources can be connected and analysed to gain deeper insights.
“As a result, employees spend considerably less time looking for information or browsing through several applications,” said Mr Buchmann.
Data from central databases can be extracted to calculate and monitor key performance indicators and trends.
“Cloud-based solutions help companies reduce their IT spend too,” he said. A software vendor handles all of the required hardware and managed servers. We expect many more shipping companies will realise the potential of cloud-based software and mobile apps, where employees can access data they need from any device and from any location,” said Mr Buchmann.
“This can completely transform business processes and operations including procurement, maintenance and managing crews on board and offshore, helping companies on the road to recovery.”
Mr Buchmann said shipping companies have saved 25% of daily working time using Hanseaticsoft’s Cloud Fleet Manager (CFM) software.
Hanseaticsoft has also implemented DNV GL’s proprietary industry platform Veracity. With this implementation, CFM users can automatically submit maintenance data to DNV GL. Hanseaticsoft’s maintenance module received DNV GL certification in October.
Shipping companies seeking more information on the benefits of cloud solutions and how to use data more effectively can attend Riviera Maritime Media’s upcoming How the Cloud is delivering fleetwide benefits webinar scheduled to be held on 9 December as part of Riviera’s Vessel Optimisation Webinar Week.
During this webinar shipping companies will learn about the latest fleetwide cloud-based applications and how to calculate the true return on investing in a cloud-based approach. Tototheo Maritime head of efficiency and optimisation solutions Navneet Singh Rainu will assess how shipowners can cut operating costs through cloud application during the webinar.