Inmarsat delivers the first Fleet Data Premium project in Asia-Pacific

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Nick blenkey

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Mobile satellite communications leader Inmarsat reports that it was instrumental in connecting digital stakeholders for the Asia-Pacific region’s first Fleet Data Premium project. Delivered for Diamond Bulk Carriers, the project did not require any new equipment to allow a Mitsubishi Ore Transport bulk carrier to access the fleet optimization solution of the Nautilus platform.

With COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, Inmarsat enlisted certified engineers from Japanese service partner JSAT Mobile Communications Inc. to modernize fleet data on the vessel at Tsuneishi Shipbuilding.

Fleet Data is an Internet of Things (IoT) platform with bandwidth included, providing full visibility of vessel or fleet data anywhere and anytime.

“The Inmarsat service network supports maritime digitization around the world. In this case, the customer wanted Fleet Xpress and Fleet Data to support IoT-based fuel monitoring and management, installed in Japan at a time when participation in engine maintenance was not possible ” said Keng Hoe Toh, director of business development, Inmarsat Maritime.

Inmarsat now offers ‘freemium’ fleet data with Fleet Xpress so owners can use a limited number of onboard data beacons to test IoT-based solutions without investment risk, Toh and his team have designed a way to include more beacons using Fleet Data Premium, enabled through a simple Modbus interface.

“The charterer pays a fixed monthly rate for the data needed to reduce his monthly fuel bill. Fleet Data provides the bridge between the acquisition of engine data and Nautilus Labs analysis without additional hardware, at minimal capital expenditure for the owner, ”said Toh.

“This is a great example of collaboration in the shipping industry,” commented Matt Heider, CEO of Nautilus Labs. “The Nautilus platform allows Diamond Bulk Carriers and Mitsubishi Ore Transport to strengthen their partnership for the performance of their fleet. Our interoperable solution integrates with Inmarsat data transmission to provide predictive information and a decision support tool. With more and more regulations to come, these companies are preparing for success by optimizing the efficiency of their fleets to reduce emissions and outperform the market.

In another example of how the shipping industry is dealing with COVID-19 restrictions, the installation of sensors for the Nautilus platform was installed on the Mitsubishi Ore Carriers vessel by its own crew under the guidance and supervision. remote from Hoppe Marine, Nautilus Labs preferred enlisted partner for instrumentation, installation services and signal aggregation for the vessel.

“A value creation strategy that includes decarbonisation in logistics activities is a priority for Diamond Bulk Carriers in 2021,” said Shusuke Miyazaki, general manager of charter and business development, Diamond Bulk Carriers. “A solution that accelerates our commitment to smart shipping and data analytics also helps us gain a competitive advantage in response to a rapidly changing business environment. “

“Consistent with the very best in engineering, Fleet Data Premium is succeeding both technologically and cost-effectively for the owner, charterer and application provider, also meeting the detailed yard modernization planning needs, ”said Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, Head of Maritime Digital, Inmarsat. “Inmarsat is delighted to have provided the cornerstone of a Diamond Bulk solution to maximize data management capacity at minimum cost, developed for different stakeholders with different ambitions. “

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Key words: Diamond Bulk Carriers, Fleet Data, Fleet Xpress, Hoppe Marine, Inmarsar, Keng Hoe Toh, Matt Heider, Mitsubishi Ore Carriers, Nautilus Labs, satellite communications, Shusuke Miyazaki