Closing the loop from office to propeller
Digital solutions are increasingly being used as a cost-effective way of improving efficiency while complying with environmental regulations. Tools such as on-board energy consumption visibility software and crew decision support systems are used to ensure that vessel crews make safe, efficient decisions while operating their vessels.
While it is not entirely clear how digital solutions and platforms from different marine vendors will be brought together to function seamlessly in the future, what seems likely is that different OEMs, service providers, classification societies and vessel owners will communicate in an intercloud, combining data from multiple cloud solutions through a set of standard or specific application programming interfaces (APIs). This will enable an owner to create a digital world by connecting to the data services needed for their operations from various parties, such as condition monitoring, performance analytics, remote surveys and more.
Regulatory pressures are driving digital investment to comply with emission abatement technologies both ashore and at sea. Unlike in shoreside industries, ships tend to have the entire energy chain of power generation, distribution and consumption. By looking at the entire process, there is a real opportunity now to review the broad spectrum of digital tools that may increase ROI values in terms of managing vessels in the future.