Shipping companies will be able to use VSAT connectivity over SES’ satellite constellation for vessel optimisation and safety applications after an agreement with a leading provider
Cyprus-based Tototheo Maritime and SES have signed a five-year agreement to provide shipowners, operators and managers with seamless and reliable data connectivity services, delivered via SES Networks’ Skala global platform and a VSAT network using geostationary orbit satellites.
Shipping will benefit from using this data to optimise fleet operations, reduce operating costs, manage asset maintenance and improve compliance. Crew welfare will also be enhanced through faster and higher bandwidth communications over VSAT.
SES Networks’ Skala platform enables flexible bandwidth management, advanced automatic beam switching and network management enabling crew and operators to take full advantage of connectivity-powered services from SES’ Ku-band connectivity.
Tototheo Maritime joint chief executive Despina Pan said this partnership with SES Networks allows the company to create synergies and add to the value chain. “Data-enabled efficiency and compliance technologies in the market today are making a real impact for shipowners, as well as for their crews’ safety and welfare,” she said.
“We understand how important it is for our customers to remain flexible and versatile, while investing in reliable and futureproof solutions. We believe we have found a like-minded partner in SES.”
SES Networks vice president for sales and global partnerships Simon Gatty Saunt said connectivity opens strategic options for shipowners. “Faster and more reliable connectivity represents an incredible opportunity for shipowners,” he said. “Shipowners in Tototheo Maritime’s market understand the need to leverage new technologies to reduce operating costs and deliver long-term value.”
Some of the value opportunities were explored during Riviera’s Vessel Optimisation Webinar Week in December 2020. During Riviera Maritime Media’s Implementing an optimised ship culture webinar, Tototheo Maritime head of efficiency and optimisation solutions Navneet Singh Rainu explained the steps required to optimise shipping operations using connectivity and weather routeing.
During the voyage, alarm monitoring, deviation monitoring and compliance with charter party terms can all play important roles in optimisation, he said.
Tototheo Maritime provides a real-time dashboard which is shared by the ship and the shore office so that both sides have transparency. TM Synergia is an integrated end-to-end solution for advanced ship and fleet operational performance.
During Riviera’s How the cloud is delivering fleetwide benefits webinar on 10 December 2020, Mr Rainu described how cloud services help with fleet optimisation by providing facilities for big data analytics and internet-of-things applications.
An integrated system includes sensor networks on ships, telemetrics, satellite connectivity, cloud facilities and the visualisation package. This information enables managers to “see wastage down to dollar terms and show management the savings,” he explained.
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