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Marlink acquires long-term vessel IT management partner Palantir

Marlink has acquired Palantir AS, a Norway-based maritime IT company specialising in remote IT management solutions. The Share Purchase Agreement whereby Marlink acquired 100% of Palantir AS shares was completed on March 17 2017.

Palantir provides IT managers on shore with easy access to individual vessels or entire fleets for remote support and management of on board IT networks. Marlink and Palantir already enjoy a close working relationship through a strategic partnership agreement started in September 2014, which has enabled Marlink to deliver integrated IT management services to its Sealink multi-band communications service customers, including Stolt Tankers and CMA CGM.

Palantir’s maritime IT solutions enable shipowners and operators to significantly improve fleet efficiency whilst reducing maintenance costs through standardisation, automation and remote management. Palantir is the company behind the sophisticated KeepUp@Sea managed IT service, which monitors all IT networks on board a vessel and across a fleet, providing significant savings by enabling IT staff on shore to detect and address issues remotely. Ship owners globally benefit from increased uptime and reduced burden on officers on board, in addition to less requirement for travel and physical interventions on IT issues, which supports cost reductions while lowering carbon footprint.

KeepUp@Sea is the ideal complement to Marlink’s Sealink multi-band communications services. It has enabled Marlink to expand its offering to shipping companies, providing fleet-wide control of IT network changes and upgrades from shore, ensuring more stability of PCs and equipment on board vessels. The system delivers more IT network uptime on board, providing high availability for diverse ‘smart shipping’ applications that are helping the industry to operate more effectively, which is especially vital in today’s challenging markets.

“Together, Marlink, Telemar and Palantir will offer an incredibly diverse service portfolio, supporting the shipping industry with state-of-the art communications, IT and electronics solutions from a single global and highly experienced organisation" said Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink.

“As the shipping industry is becoming increasingly more focused on data solutions further integration of IT and communications services is a must,” said Arvid Dregelid, President at Palantir AS. “Working as part of the same organisation, we bring the ability for Marlink to support the shipping industry with both the satcom and IT side, ensuring that the availability of networks on board matches the reliability of the link between ship and shore.”

Marioff releases the upgraded version of the new HI-FOG Electric Pump Unit

Marioff the company known for its HI-FOG water mist fire protection systems, announces an upgraded version of the new HI-FOG Electric Pump Unit. With this upgrade, the HI-FOG Electric Pump Unit has the capability to house up to eight electric motors in a single pump skid, which is ideal for marine and industrial applications, or any location requiring larger flow capacities, such as large commercial buildings. Marioff, a leading developer of water mist fire protection technology, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

“The upgraded version of the HI-FOG EPU is an important and natural extension of the HI-FOG product family. Customers looking for fire safety solutions for larger applications now have the option to protect their space with additional water flow, without having to install multiple pump units,” said Markku Vuorisalo, director of engineering for Marioff Corporation Oy.

The upgraded EPU pump unit skid will have an additional “tower” of electric motors, but will use the same control cabinet as the original HI-FOG EPU product.

The upgraded HI-FOG Electric Pump Unit will be available at the end of March.

WE Tech Solutions sells Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solution to Swedish shipping company

WE Tech Solutions, a leading Finland based energy efficiency solution provider, said it has received an order to deliver its Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solution to two new 18600 dwt chemical tankers with an option for another two.

The tankers are built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Chengxi Shipyard for the Swedish ship owner Ektank AB in Sweden. WE Tech’s equipment delivery to Hudong Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd. will commence in October 2017.

“The solution from WE Tech is important for us to build the next generation chemical tankers, in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability. These vessels will meet all known future demands from governments, the industry and from our customers”, says Jörgen Johnsson, Managing Director of Ektank AB.

WE Tech’s solution is based on variable frequency drive technology (WE DriveTM) and the direct drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator. The solution allows the main engine to run at variable speed while the electrical network is generated by the Shaft Generator. Therefore, there is no need to run the auxiliary engines or generators when sailing. This creates tons of fuel savings and reduces operational and maintenance costs. In case the Main Engine is out of operation, the solution uses the Shaft Generator as motor – a reliable and cost-effective Auxiliary Propulsion Drive (APD) to ensure the vessels’ safe return to port.

This solution also brings an efficient method to distribute power to bow thrusters and cargo handling system of the tankers. The method is to connect these large electrical consumers’ inverter units to the common DC link of WE DriveTM. Furthermore, when the tankers are in the harbour, the solution allows the use of cleaner shore power. This versatile and flexible solution will save tons of fuel and reduce emissions both at sea and harbour environment.

“WE Tech is proud to be a pioneer to supply the most energy efficient solutions. We, as well as our customers, strongly believe that our innovative technology and reliable solutions are the future for the marine industry”, says Martin Andtfolk, Sales Manager of WE Tech.

Global Eagle unveils entertainment and WiFi portal for cruise ships

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., a US company, said it is unveiling its new Airtime Portal for cruise ships at Seatrade Cruise Global 2017 this week.

The Airtime Portal platform enables cruise ship operators to deliver Wi-Fi, instant messaging, social media, live TV, movies, games, news and more directly to passengers’ own mobile devices anywhere on the ship. Guests can access and post to their favorite social media sites, send “selfies” to their friends and families back home and keep up with the latest news at sea.

The Airtime Portal is derived from Global Eagle’s highly successful and proven platform which has been deployed on hundreds of commercial airlines. The company will transition its existing cruise ship portals to the new technology over the next 12 months in a way that minimizes disruption for ship operators.

When coupled with Global Eagle’s patented SpeedNet™ web browsing technology, the new portal will give passengers a high-speed Wi-Fi experience similar to what they get on shore. With Global Eagle’s extensive entertainment offerings, passengers can also enjoy a rich selection of fully licensed award-winning movies, destination guides, port information, scheduled activities, special promotions, ship tracking, near-real-time news and sports clips and televised events. Content is available in multiple languages and can be tailored to passenger demographics. The Airtime web user interface provides an electronic program guide that mimics an in-home entertainment center allowing passengers to see what is up next on live TV through the comfort of their own device. It is fully customizable to maximize brand engagement and create special promotions.

Global Eagle’s Airview reporting dashboard is a suite of data-rich back-office tools to monitor and analyze portal performance. Payments, performance data and logs are offloaded, and fresh content is uploaded, via a Wi-Fi connection when the ship is in port.

The flexible Airtime Portal also provides a host of opportunities for cruise operators to generate incremental revenue by monetizing passenger interactions with engaging content, enabling real-time transactions with built-in security and exploiting digital ads and sponsorships. It enables payments to be made to credit and debit cards or to the folio. It also integrates with the company’s loyalty programs to deliver customized pricing depending on the passenger’s loyalty status.

“With the launch of the Airtime Portal, we can now offer our customers a fully integrated package of connectivity services, live TV programming and content browsing, all merged together with a highly flexible front-end that supports the optimal onboard guest experience aligned with the cruise line’s profitability,” said Ole Kristian Sivertsen, president of Global Eagle’s cruise, ferry and yacht services.

 

ABB bringing predictive capabilities of big data for shipping industry

ABB, the Swiss-Swedish electrotechnical group, is deepening its analytical and predictive approach to vessel maintenance with the latest upgrade of its Remote Diagnostic Service (RDS).

 ABB is one of the leading advocates of the digitalization of shipping and has already launched Integrated Operation Centers in Asia, Europe and the USA where data produced by ships is received and monitored.

The upgraded software functionalities will give more power and transparency to the shore side operations of ship owners whilst ABB has stepped up its proactive monitoring of the data and predictive analytics. The enhancement of ABB’s digital services comes after an internal study found existing remote monitoring of machinery reduced maintenance costs by 50%.

ABB is aiding the development of the shore side operations of shipping companies by giving the opportunity to replicate ABB’s Integrated Operations Centers in their own Operational Centers. The latest version of RDS software allows shipping companies to deploy their own analytics, or those from a third party where applicable, with greater ease. ABB has further developed its dedicated hardware for the monitoring of large and small rotating machinery with tight integration to the RDS software. The graphical user interface has also been improved to increase user experience and to give identical views of the detailed data both onboard and onshore.

To further leverage the data received from vessels, the ABB Digital Service team has been strengthened with more data scientists and architects to promote the search for insight into the health of the monitored assets. The ABB software used as part of the Remote Diagnostic Services combines the capabilities of a dedicated onboard software with a full analytic engine onshore. Due to this modularity and capability, the software can now run the same analytics onboard as onshore.

 For shipping companies with limited bandwidth availability or a high number of data points, ABB is deploying leading edge analytics to seamlessly customize the solution and optimize the data transfer.

An internal study found that by taking a proactive approach to the monitoring of equipment through the use of RDS and its software, customers were able to save up to 50% on maintenance costs. There has also been up to a 70% reduction in visits by ABB engineers to vessels bringing a significant decrease in the cost for customers.

“Through our Integrated Operations Solutions and Centers we aim to be connected to 3,000 vessels by 2020,” said Kenneth Nakken, Vice President Digital Services, at ABB’s Marine & Ports business. “We develop all our digital solutions with the customer in mind and we believe our new Predict service will strengthen the shore side operations of all involved.”

 

 

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