Our strong but vulnerable maritime industry needs to co-operate at the highest levels if owners and managers want to optimise vessel operations through digitalisation
Standardised data exchanges between ships, ports and regulators are also crucial.
From IMO, flag states, class and port authorities to shipping corporation chief executives, seafarers and vendors, everyone needs to work together to optimise operations and reap the benefits.
Implementing optimisation strategically will save costs for owners. Whether this is lowering fuel consumption through better voyage planning or using predictive maintenance to reduce repair expenditure. Optimisation allows owners to manage energy generation more effectively, reducing the running time of main engines.
Data on vessel and machinery performance is vital to achieving optimisation with connectivity key to getting this data to shore, or to cloud facilities, for analysis and interpretation.
Owners need long-term strategies for optimisation and to invest today for future financial results. Sharing information with competitors and engine manufacturers will allow operational data to be benchmarked and analysed.
Digital twins of shipping line’s vessels can be tested using various voyage scenarios to gain a greater understanding of predicted ship performance and improve planning.
Seeking advice from optimisation experts will benefit ship operators. The latest guidance on how shipping can optimise operations comes from Riviera Maritime Media’s Vessel Optimisation Webinar Week.
In one of the webinars, Van Oord director of digital transformation Mare Straetmans will present how owners can develop long-term strategies for fleet improvements. He will explain which data should be collated for immediate results and information allocated for indepth analysis and how cross-analysis of different vessel types within the fleet can improve overall efficiency.
Another webinar will cover the importance of data standardisation in digitalisation and how collaboration can increase the benefits for all stakeholders. There is information on digital twins driving vessel efficiency and voyage performance where dynamic digital replicas of machinery, systems and assets help to solve operational challenges, predict faults and reduce downtime.
There is also guidance on how voyage planning can achieve savings on fuel and time while meeting environmental requirements. With shipping tackling the coronavirus crisis through digitalisation and remote working, now is the time for the maritime industry to act to optimise through collaboration.