A new report published by Inmarsat makes the case that adopting a strategic approach to connectivity choices and implementation across business networks is becoming a key requirement for shipping companies seeking to meet the current and emerging challenges facing the maritime industry.
Compiled by maritime consultancy Thetius, the report, titled ‘The Network Effect: Strategising Connectivity at Sea for Maximum Impact’, provides guidance on effective connectivity framework strategies and outlines some of the specific capabilities that shipping companies can access by applying such strategies across their business IT, crew, and operational networks.
These include voyage and port-call optimisation, emissions reduction, condition monitoring and condition-based maintenance, trade facilitation, seafarer welfare and training, remote surveys and pilotage and telemedicine services.
“Ultimately, a good connectivity strategy relies on a clear understanding of the company’s business goals, the technologies needed to attain those goals, and any additional influencing factors such as resource availability and investment requirements,” said Ben Palmer, President, Inmarsat Maritime.
“In that sense shipping is no different to any other industry: collecting, collating, analysis and harnessing the value of data relies on resilient, reliable, secure, globally available connectivity services. It is also critical to recognise that implementing a connectivity strategy is a continuous and iterative process that requires constant monitoring, frequent reassessment, and regular feedback from internal and external stakeholders.”
“As this report makes clear, this is both necessary and highly valuable to modern shipping operations both in terms of driving competitive advantage and addressing decarbonisation goals.”