Diamond Bulk Carriers and Mitsubishi Ore Transport have invested in internet of things (IoT) and data connectivity to cut fuel consumption and emissions
Inmarsat and Nautilus Labs have been engaged to deliver dedicated data communications and vessel optimisation enabling Mitsubishi Ore Transport and Diamond Bulk Carriers to reap the rewards of big-data analytics without hardware expense.
Inmarsat drew on certified engineers at Japanese service partner JSAT Mobile Communications to retrofit Fleet Data on a Mitsubishi Ore Transport co-owned vessel chartered by Diamond Bulk Carriers at Tsuneishi Shipbuilding.
Fleet Data is Inmarsat’s IoT platform with inclusive bandwidth for delivering data from vessels for further analysis using third-party applications.
This retrofit on a Mitsubishi-owned ship was the first time Inmarsat’s Fleet Data premium service has been deployed on a vessel in the Asia Pacific region.
During the retrofit, JSAT also installed Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress connectivity that combines Ka-band from the Global Xpress network with L-band from FleetBroadband.
Ship charterer Diamond Bulk Carriers general manager for chartering and business development Shusuke Miyazaki said data analytics will lead to lower emissions and greater competitiveness.
“A value-creation strategy that includes decarbonisation in logistics activities is a focus for Diamond Bulk Carriers in 2021,” he said. “A solution that accelerates our engagement with smart shipping and data analytics also helps us to secure a competitive advantage in response to a rapidly changing business environment.”
Data from the vessel is transferred over Fleet Data to the Nautilus Labs platform for analysis to optimise vessel operations, reduce fuel costs and lower emissions.
Inmarsat offers Fleet Data trials, with owners able to use a limited number of shipboard data tags to try IoT-based solutions without investment risk.
For Diamond and Mitsubishi, Inmarsat devised a way to include more tags using Fleet Data Premium enabled by a simple Modbus interface.
Inmarsat Maritime business development director Keng Hoe Toh said the service network supports maritime digitalisation worldwide.
“In this case, the customer wanted Fleet Xpress and Fleet Data to support IoT-based fuel monitoring and management, installed in Japan at a moment when engine service attendance was not possible,” he said. “The charterer effectively pays a fixed monthly tariff for the data needed to cut its monthly fuel bill,” Mr Toh continued.
“Fleet Data provides the bridge between engine data acquisition and Nautilus Labs analytics without additional hardware, at minimal capital expenditure for the owner,” he added.
Nautilus Labs chief executive Matt Heider said this project is a good example of collaboration in the shipping industry.
“Nautilus Platform enables Diamond Bulk Carriers and Mitsubishi Ore Transport to strengthen their partnership for fleet performance,” said Mr Heider. “Our interoperable solution integrates with Inmarsat’s data transmission to provide predictive insights and a decision support tool,” he added.
“With more and more regulations coming up, these companies set themselves up for success by optimising fleet efficiency to reduce emissions and outperform in the market.”
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