Shipping companies, owners, operators and managers are increasingly considering digitalisation as an enabler for vessel optimisation
Shipping companies, owners, operators and managers are increasingly considering digitalisation as an enabler for vessel optimisation.
Whether this is operating fleets more effectively or planning fuel-efficient voyages, optimisation is the key to reducing operating costs at a time when margins are tightening.
Owners and operators want to improve productivity of their assets by adopting enhanced fleet management systems and the latest digitalisation technologies, including internet of things technology and remote monitoring, combining this with artificial intelligence and advanced big data processing and analysis.
This requires VSAT connectivity with a reliable L-band back-up and in some cases links to 4G mobile networks. It also requires changes in the types of people employed by shipping companies and shipmanagers.
These changing trends have driven development of optimised ship performance centres and advances in remote support to seafarers. It will lead to autonomous ship operations and reduced onboard manning.
These technologies and strategies were described at Riviera Maritime Media’s Optimised Ship Forum in London, in December 2020, where shipping companies such as d’Amico Group, BP Shipping and MSC Cruises provided insight into their optimisation challenges in roundtable discussions. It was enlightening to hear their issues and requirements for innovative solutions to overcome them.
And with all this in mind, we developed our brand into Maritime Optimisation & Communications as essential reading for C-suite executives, technical and operations managers, fleet and energy performance managers and ICT managers.
They will be under pressure to deliver optimised operations by applying digitalisation technologies.
As you will see in this issue and future ones, our coverage cuts through the noise and hype to offer real insight on vessel optimisation. It presents vital intelligence to key decision-makers on different facets of vessel performance including propulsion and energy optimisation, satellite communications, ship connectivity, e-navigation, predictive maintenance, training and crew welfare, e-navigation and voyage optimisation.
Our series of Optimised Ship Forums will host presentations and industry discussions covering shipowner and operator challenges and overcoming solutions in 2020. We will host these events in Singapore, Amsterdam, Oslo, Hamburg and London this year.
Shipping companies that have not yet embraced digitalisation technologies need to start investing this year in the key that will unlock the optimisation door, before they miss this technology wave and are left behind by their rivals.