Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Inmarsat have announced plans to work together to integrate Inmarsat connectivity with remote survey technologies to provide an optimised combined service independent of shipboard communication systems.
The new offering links LR Remote, an application for remote inspection that enables crew members to livestream video, photos and audio from on board a ship to an LR technical specialist located elsewhere, with Inmarsat’s Fleet Connect dedicated bandwidth service.
Fleet Connect provides a dedicated satellite link offering function-specific bandwidth that is independent of vessel operations. With no additional communications hardware required to run the application, the LR Remote software can consequently be operated remotely without any intervention on-site to connect to a comms network.
The new system is currently being piloted by LR and Inmarsat on an unspecified number of gas carriers and bulkers.
“Connectivity is a significant enabler in the digitalisation of the maritime industry,” said Mark Darley, LR Marine and Offshore Director.
“Both Lloyd’s Register and Inmarsat have a mutual goal of unlocking the true potential of technology, thereby transforming remote compliance and enabling digital class. This collaboration ensures our vast certification expertise is accessible anywhere it is needed and demonstrates Lloyd’s Register’s commitment to our clients and to the wider industry in safely navigating shipping’s digital transformation.”
Following a significant acceleration during the pandemic, LR notes that one third of the more than 30,000 surveys it performs each year is now completed remotely.