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Digitalization Feature

THE FUTURE

of shipping Hundreds of new technologies, services on display; emphasis on increasing automation and digitalization

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he Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, Augmented Reality (AR), robotics, 3D scanning, and automation are going to play an increasing role in every day ship and shipbuilding operations. According to key findings in a study conducted by Inmarsat, the IoT is now the leading technology for digital transformation and is the number one priority for 92 percent of organizations. The Inmarsat Research Program study focusing on the enterprise application of the IoT revealed that machine learning (38 percent), robotics (35 percent), and 3D printing (31 percent) were also key requirements for effectively delivering digital transformation for business. That was clear from the buzz created by the hundreds of products, equipment and services on display at the Nor-Shipping conference and trade show. “Digital disruption is already affecting the marine sector and will do so increasingly in the future,” says Marco Ryan, Wärtsilä Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President. “There is today a subtle, yet significant, shift in thinking at all levels of the industry as we move from closed systems to more modular, secure, and interoperable products and solutions.” Higher bandwidth satellites in conjunction w ith advances in shipboard

monitoring systems are now moving shipping towards remote ship monitoring and autonomous operations. Iridium just doubled the size of its Iridium NEXT network with a deployment of 10 satellites during a SpaceX launch last month. Overall, Iridium plans to deploy a total of 75 satellites in the Iridium NEXT network to provide global L-band satellite broadband speeds through smaller, cost-effective antennas for its Iridium Certus satellite services. At a Nor-Shipping press conference, Cobham SATCOM unveiled its first Iridium Certus Connected terminal, the SAILOR 4300. The SAILOR 4300 is a Broadband Core Transceiver (BCX) type terminal, offering a highly reliable link over the Iridium NEXT satellite network with speeds suitable for data-heavy applications including videoconferencing, multi-user Internet/ VPN, IoT and telemedicine; alongside regular usage including email, electronic forms/ reporting and crew communications. Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, demonstrated its updated Skylight 2.0 fleet performance monitoring service. The idea behind the service is to provide accurate tracking of your vessel’s fuel consumption and performance at a very affordable price. Your ship is equipped with a portable, battery-powered Eniram transponder—kind of like a Fitbit for your ship. The service uses

the near real-time movements sent by the transponder via a two-way Inmarsat satellite connection, combined with noon reports automatically collected from e-mails. Eniram combines the vessel tracking data with meteorological data in order to model the vessel’s speed through water and fuel performance. The performance data and the route are delivered to the home office in an easyto-interpret format via Eniram Fleet cloud software and reports. Traditional maritime companies, such as Wilhelmsen Ships Service AS (WSS)— whose roots stretch back to 1861—are already transforming themselves and their services. One of several digital products it teased was the Smart Ropes system. How do you make a rope smart? Using the Timm Acera rope range, an embedded load sensor provides real time information on tension, along with logging usage and longevity, relaying data to a base station located on deck. Giving an overview of rope tension via the Digital Mooring Assistant, Smart Ropes enables crew to moor their vessels safely, accurately and efficiently. WSS is also working with drones, AR and has begun researching in-port 3D printing to produce marine products and spare parts. Check out this month’s Marine Innovations for more cutting-edge technology highlights from Nor-Shipping. July 2017 // Marine Log 19

Marine Log July 2017  
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