Customising your digitalisation process is the key to success

%2020 %02 %28

 

"One size doesn't always fit all, especially when it comes to the digitalisation of a ship. Digitalisation can, and should, be customised to meet the needs of individual companies and vessels," says Dominique Audion, COO, IEC Telecom Group, enroute to the roundtable discussions at Euromaritime Conference, taking place from February 4th to 6th in Marseille, France.

Maritime digitalisation is growing in demand as flexible virtual environments and reduced costs drive operations. "Nowadays, a vessel may perform as a remote office," explains Mr. Audion. "Each ship has its own requirements for digitalisation that are influenced by its activities, size, type, cargo, fuel, engine, configuration, monitoring, and managing systems. Taking an individual approach is, therefore, the best way to succeed with the digitalisation process."

According to the State of the CIO, 40% of all technology spending goes to digital transformations, which are being driven by operational efficiencies that are achieved through connectivity. A parallel trend is being observed in the maritime industry, where connectivity is crucial to operations and remote vessel management. As per NSR's report on the maritime satellite market, equipment manufacturers, fishing, and leisure markets can expect $42 billion in retail revenue between 2018 and 2028 as a direct result of satellite communications and connectivity technologies with VSAT-enabled and digitalised vessels growing from 20,000 in 2018 to over 75,000 by 2028. Furthermore, a report on marine trends by Lloyd's Register reflects that 10% of new ship building is expected to be smart ships, and maritime in-service units are expected to double in 15 years.

The shipping industry is still adapting to the digital age and there is a level of trepidation in some sectors. However, as a company's requirements evolve, remotely accessible digital communication systems are easily keeping pace. This has helped to build trust in the digitalisation process, proven to reduce costs and simplify logistics, and enabled efficient remote updates instead of having to bring a vessel into port. The ground-breaking OneGate solution by IEC Telecom is a good example of such a set up. IEC Telecom's technology enables operators to manage critical vessel functions and crew communication requirements separately via a remotely accessible dashboard, incorporating cutting-edge cyber security and a robust back-up provision.

Mr. Audion adds, "Even if there is some natural conservatism on cost, the maritime sector is discovering that embracing digital installation can reap many benefits. Today it is possible to enable digitalisation within a controlled budget and vessel operators are finding that their digital vessels are more cost-effective due to increased operational efficiency. By investing in digitalisation, ultimately vessel owners save on their future bills." In fact, recent analysis by Accenture on the experience of digital value chains reflects that a digitally-reinvented shipbuilder can reduce operating costs by up to 20% in five years while increasing revenue by up to 15%.

France is at the forefront of the drive towards digitalisation. With the French Government and Cisco jointly instituting programs supported by a $100 million investment to transform France into a digital republic, and the EIB and French Société Générale dedicating €150 million towards the digital conversion and modernisation of existing ships and shipbuilding projects, the country's GDP is expected to be boosted by one to two per cent overall.

Learn more about IEC Telecom's digital technologies at Stand No. H20, in Hall 4 at the Marseille Chanot Exhibition Centre. Join Dominique Audion for a roundtable discussion – titled "Smart ships, smart yards: the prospects" – on the second day of the Conference (Feb 5).


Issued by Elaborate Communications

 

The magazine SEA has been published since 1935
International business magazine JŪRA MOPE SEA has been published since 1999
The first magazine in Eurasia in the four languages: English, Chinese, Russian and Lithuanian


Address:

International business magazine JŪRA MOPE SEA
Minijos str. 93, LT-93234 Klaipeda, Lithuania
Phone/Fax: +370 46 365753
E-mail: news@jura.lt
www.jura.lt

 


Publisher:

Ltd. Juru informacijos centras


The magazine JŪRA has been published since 1935.
International business magazine JŪRA MOPE SEA has been
published since 1999.

ISSN 1392-7825

2017 © www.jura.lt