Dutch performance monitoring company We4Sea and Inmarsat have signed an agreement that will see We4Sea join Inmarsat’s group of certified providers offering applications via Inmarsat’s Fleet Data and Fleet Connect systems
The announcement coincides with news of a first We4Sea-Inmarsat collaboration to secure fleetwide uptake of We4Sea’s web-based vessel performance monitoring service.
Heavy-lift shipowner Roll Group successfully trialled the cloud-based ship performance management tool without commitment after the dual installation of Fleet Xpress with the Fleet Data IoT platform embedded. The Group’s fleet director Michiel van der Knaap said the applications improved the effectiveness of communication with vessels.
Roll Group now intends to take the vessel monitoring package fleetwide.
The combination of free Fleet Data and a no-risk application trial will provide a “tipping point” for maritime digitalisation, according to Inmarsat head of maritime digital, Marco Cristoforo Camporeale.
“This is the first example of a future-proof IoT set-up for ships that allow owners to investigate in digitalisation without commitment,” he said. “They can assess applications off the shelf and, if they work, agree on terms. In this case, the We4Sea trials on RollDock Star and RollDock Storm helped optimise speed and generator efficiency that led to a significant cut in fuel consumption.”
The We4Sea application requires no hardware on board and uses a digital twin as the basis for comparison with accessible ship and operating profile data.
Variations with the digital twin and ship data are flagged as potential inefficiencies that need action or correction reporting. Under the Certified Application Provider agreement, We4Sea cloud analytics uses dedicated Fleet Data bandwidth to secure always-on, or on-demand ship-shore communication via an application programming interface.
We4Sea founder and chief executive Dan Veen said, “A lot of owners understand their vessels should be connected to the internet, but still think in terms of remote monitoring based on conventional connectivity using expensive bandwidth.”
“Using an IoT-based platform, We4Sea has proved itself to be able to deliver measurable performance improvements, even when connecting to only eight standard shipboard datasets at a fixed monthly fee. Having established our solution on container ships, bulk carriers, and heavy-lift vessels, we are now very much in the scaling-up phase.”
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