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Thome reaffirms technology commitment

Gautam Kashyap, Thome Group Gautam Kashyap, Thome Group

Thome’s vice president for business development, Gautam Kashyap, has outlined the importance of technology and digitalisation of operations to the Group’s future strategy, with a three-phase process already underway at the company that will eventually connect all of its vessels to shore and enable data exchange across a range of processes.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Speaking at the 2018 Connecticut Maritime Association shipping conference, Mr Kashyap said that ship managers will need to invest heavily in new technology to keep up with changes in the market in the near future.

“Ship management is changing and the right mix of digitalisation, automation and data analytics are key criteria towards providing greater efficiency, transparency and value-added services to clients in the future,” he said.

Thome has already started this process by developing an Operations Hub, based at its headquarters in Singapore, which is used to support the work of both duty-personnel and Thome’s crisis teams.

Establishing this hub was the first stage in a three-stage process enabling remote tracking of individual ships in the fleet, with passage planning, security risk assessment, weather routing, video conferencing, integrated vessel management system (NAU) implementation, and individual on-board CCTV remote monitoring technologies integrated into the vessel management ecosystem.

Two additional phases of improvements at the hub are planned. Stage two will aim to enhance operations by improving support functions like cargo handling, port turnaround and energy efficiency monitoring, while stage three will concentrate on advanced support in areas like cyber security, machinery condition assessment and trouble shooting.{/mprestriction}

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