Modernising the Maritime Industry
The smart ships of the future are ready to sail.
Improved satellite connectivity, a network of sensors and next-generation computing power allow vessels to capture and analyse information. Weather, ocean current data, engine performance and location info can be combined and analysed to dramatically improve vessel capacity, profitability and regulatory compliance.
Just as digitisation is dramatically transforming every industry oday, maritime transport organisations have an opportunity to embrace proven digital tools to create and sustain a competitive advantage. But first they must modernise legacy systems and digitise paper processes to allow for innovation.
The way forward can be challenging to chart, but CSC offers clear navigation for the digital journey.
THE BENEFITS OF A CONNECTED EXPERIENCE
To make better and faster decisions and to improve productivity and efficiency, today’s most progressive businesses are leveraging technologies that put highly contextualised information in the hands of their employees, partners and clients. This demand for the right information at the right time forces key shifts in the ways companies deliver IT, especially in light of rapidly changing regulatory requirements and external threats to private information.
In the maritime industry, shore-based operators now have the ability to collaborate in real time with a broad ecosystem of stakeholders. New and existing systems can be integrated to manage shipping routes, human resources info, financial data, supply chains and other business drivers.
Cloud technology enables data to be integrated and accessed in new, agile ways. Data analytics provides deep business insights that, for instance, can help deliver a more intelligent, satisfying passenger travel experience than has ever been possible before.
THREE PILLARS OF SUCCESS
To begin to implement such innovative processes, maritime transport organisations must gain command over three pillars of the connected experience: assets, business intelligence and compliance.
Innovative technologies offer new opportunities for maritime organisations to connect their assets — their people, business processes and systems — in new and efficient ways to enable collaboration and drive operational success. Consider a recent report from the Swedish Club that shows incorrect maintenance and repair processes continue to be the most frequent causes of main engine damage.
Lubrication failure is a common and expensive cause of failure that occurs when a disjointed supply chain fails to connect maintenance people with the real-time information needed to make informed maintenance decisions. By modernising disjointed legacy systems and integrating formerly disparate information sources with a modern Asset Lifecycle Management system, ship mechanics can gain deeper insights into historical patterns.
These can be analysed to determine the optimum time to lubricate engines to prevent failure. Maintenance processes can shift from routine scheduling to preventive scheduling that builds on historical data to maximise engine performance and longevity. Based on CSC’s experience in the maritime transport industry, we have created blueprints and developed automated tools that help organisations assess, implement and improve asset interconnectedness to support operational efficiency.
New technologies allow data to be captured and analysed from multiple sources to improve business insights and dramatically boost performance and productivity. As the maritime industry immerses itself in the interconnected and automated world of sensors and devices, the next order of business is to mine the resulting data for business intelligence.
For example, consider the benefits of having easy access to one system that connects data and processes from human resources, finance, customer relationship management and shipping operations.
Such a system could be used to optimise vessel speed to reduce fuel costs and determine precisely when a vessel will arrive in port. Another use may be to contact and assemble a crew of seafarers with the right certifications and clearances to manage the cargo. Automated ship manifests may be used to speed the unloading process and get the next shipment loaded more quickly, which minimises in-port expenses.
In the next 5 to 10 years, automated processes like these will become commonplace. The mandatory adoption of Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) processes, as well as approaching European Union monitoring, reporting and verification (EU MRV) of CO2 emissions, will drive increased transparency, greater ship-to-shore connectivity, automated reporting and stringent data security policies.
CSC can help organisations understand their data, determine its value and learn how to overlay it with additional sources of information to draw out the insights needed to drive the business forward.
Due to the global nature of boat shipping, maritime transport organisations are forced to comply with an increasingly complex mix of environmental, security and safety regulations. Audits and paperwork, coupled with the complexity of maintaining international crews, cargo, suppliers and clients, are time consuming and costly — and there is no tolerance for error.
Proactive compliance, as well as environmental and security procedures, ensures safer and better-regulated working environments. In coming years, increasing influence by the International Maritime Organisation and a focus on safety and security through regulations like SOLAS, MARPOL and ISPS will mean that organisations need an integrated approach to effectively and efficiently manage audits, assessments and compliance requirements in real time.
CSC has developed an ecosystem of partners who provide expertise and solutions in risk, compliance and health and safety. Our approach helps businesses with the adoption, maintenance and oversight of systems, data management and security.
Navigate the Modernisation Journey
Maritime transportation organisations are under increasing pressure to sell more, waste less, deliver better, faster results and lose less time to incidents, all while using fewer resources and complying with stricter regulations. CSC can help you meet these demands.
We deliver innovative business and technology solutions that enable organisations to modernise. To start, we can help you determine the best opportunities to drive competitive advantage and develop a business opportunity statement that creates the foundation of an action plan.