Maersk Supply Service has extended its communications service contract with Inmarsat, adding access to new vessel performance tools via the Fleet Xpress systems installed on the 30-vessel Maersk offshore fleet.
Operating off Europe, the Americas, West Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia, the ships will also integrate Inmarsat’s Fleet Connect service for digital applications and have access to the Fleet Data IoT platform for data acquisition and uploading under the terms of the deal.
“Maersk Supply Service is pursuing digitalisation to support optimised fleet management and to improve vessel energy efficiency. Software-based digital solutions have a significant advantage over hardware-based counterparts as they can be deployed fleet-wide at the push of a button,” said Kasper Thiesen, Head of IT, Maersk Supply Service (MSS).
“By having the underlying Fleet Data, Fleet Connect infrastructure and sensor data collectors installed on our vessels, we have unlocked a portfolio of digital services which we can deploy to our fleet and bring to market in little-to-no time.”
“As the digital ecosystem develops, more solutions will become available, increasing our ability to remain agile and support our journey to decarbonise, and entry into renewable industries.”
Maersk Supply Service has already used Fleet Data to evaluate a range of fuel emissions and ship performance systems provided through the Inmarsat CAP (Certified Application Provider) programme, resulting in a contract to deploy the SKF One Global Cloud platform from SKF Marine for condition monitoring and remote diagnostics.
The vessel operator has also agreed a proof-of-concept deal with Yxney Maritime as part of this evaluation programme, covering the Maress data analytics application for fuel and emissions monitoring.
“Maersk Supply Service has been quick to realise that dedicated Fleet Data and Fleet Connect bandwidths satisfy their digital offshore support vessel needs,” said Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, Head of Maritime Digital, Inmarsat Maritime.
“Hundreds of data points are monitored on each ship, with Fleet Data covering data acquisition and uploading to the cloud, and Fleet Connect bringing the bi-directional communication to stream data to and from the ship.”