Thomas Schulte Ship Management is investing in communications systems on its fleet of managed ships to improve operations and onboard cyber security.
It is implementing Port-IT Orilla Mail and IRIS services on ships to simplify email communications and reduce the risk of malware entering shipping IT.
Thomas Schulte Ship Management quality manager Oliver Kautz said this investment would improve communications within the shore offices and on board while opening different routes for transferring data securely between ships and shore centres.
“Creating new mail addresses and setting up new automatic file transfers is as easy as writing an email using the Port-IT portal,” said Mr Kautz. He added that any issues in crew communications would be solved by Port-IT.
“This ensures smooth communication and operation of our vessels,” said Mr Kautz. Port-IT customised the Orilla Mail service to match Thomas Schulte’s additional requirements, he added.
Orilla Mail settings can be managed for each vessel or across a fleet of ships through a fully integrated portal web-interface. It means ship operators are no longer tied to one airtime provider for email.
Its cyber security features include Port-IT’s IRIS service, which will scan all incoming attachments with a multitude of antivirus software, which incorporate multi-engine scanning based on worldwide signature databases.
Email can be used for onboard operations, ship management and welfare requirements. Crew email is standardised and free for serving seafarers, which allows mariners on board a vessel to remain in contact with their family and friends.
Thomas Schulte Ship Management is a technical manager of commercial ships. It can also manage crew and newbuilding projects and has a chartering team that focuses on container ships and bulk carriers.
Port-IT is a maritime IT cyber security provider with over 20 years of experience.