ABS and Kongsberg connect digital platforms to improve AI-powered analytics capabilities

Classification society ABS and vessel equipment company Kongsberg have announced a major new collaboration agreement to integrate their respective digital platforms, which will see Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight connected with ABS’ My Digital Fleet.

The alliance will link Kongsberg Digital’s data acquisition capacity with ABS’ business intelligence capabilities to offer shipowners, ship managers and charterers access to a range of AI-powered analytics services, both on board the vessel and at shoreside, to support voyage optimisation through reduced fuel consumption, lower bunker costs, and improved charter party compliance.

Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight vessel-to-cloud data infrastructure captures, aggregates, and contextualises data from a vessel’s sensors and other assets, transferring it for storage in the cloud. The data collected through Vessel Insight will be made accessible to the ABS My Digital Fleet platform for the development of analytics services.

“The potential of digital technologies to advance the cause of safety and operational excellence, not to mention the decarbonisation of our industry, is significant. That’s why this is such a key announcement for the digitalisation of shipping,” said John McDonald, ABS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

“Together, Kongsberg Digital and ABS are putting more power in the hands of our users; widening access to deep operational insights and making it simpler to realise the huge benefits offered by advanced data analytics.”

As part of the ABS My Digital Fleet Alliance Programme, ABS will now offer Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight infrastructure as an integrated service with ABS My Digital Fleet. Kongsberg Digital’s Kognifai open digital marketplace, which offers third party applications fully integrated with the Vessel Insight infrastructure, will now also offer ABS My Digital Fleet.

“The maritime industry is facing stricter environmental regulations and demands. Collecting data to analyse, predict and improve processes for vessels and fleets is key to meet the new regulations while gaining a competitive edge,” said Andreas Jagtøyen, Executive Vice President of Digital Ocean, Kongsberg Digital.

“By combining ABS’ unique data integration and analytics platform with the Vessel Insight data capturing infrastructure, we are strengthening our position to offer an even better integrated service of high value for the industry. We believe this alliance will further spark the incentives for existing and prospective Vessel Insight subscribers to utilise the benefits of digitalisation within the maritime industry.”

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