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ClassNK certifies SMARTShip IoT solution

Captain Rajesh Unni, Co-CEO of AOT and CEO and founder of Synergy Group  Captain Rajesh Unni, Co-CEO of AOT and CEO and founder of Synergy Group

An Internet of Things (IoT) platform known as SMARTShip, which enables the onboard operation of multiple systems with varying degrees of autonomy, has received type approval certification from ClassNK.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} Developed by Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT), SMARTShip collects data from all parts of the ship to create a platform that connects disparate systems. This enables the continual monitoring and collection of data, helping crew and managers to make rule-based decisions.

Features such as the optimisation of total fuel consumption and the creation of intelligent alerts and leading indicators are possible with SMARTShip. A quick visualisation dashboard for critical assets and their parameters is available with drill-down options showing all related information in list and graph views.

“SMARTShip leverages AOT’s proprietary hardware and software and cloud-based infrastructure to collect and transmit more than 5000 data points from various systems onboard,” said Captain Rajesh Unni, Co-CEO of AOT and CEO and founder of Singapore-based shipmanager Synergy Group.

“It utilises the data collected to create value for stakeholders, often including additional information such as weather overlay, statutory and regulatory information etc.

“The front-end user experience includes intuitive applications which facilitate monitoring and diagnostics of operational issues.”

SMARTShip has so far been installed on more than 30 vessels and another 60 ships are at various stages of the set-up process. Hourai Maru, a mid-sized gas carrier delivered on March 11, 2019, was the first ship certified with a ClassNK-approved SMARTShip.

ClassNK’s certification for SMARTShip approves the solution as a ‘Computer Based System’ which conforms to the Class Society’s rules governing a product performing ‘Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics’, ‘Situational Awareness’ and ‘Decision Support Systems’, both onboard and ashore.

Martin Ackermann, CEO of BW LPG, a client of AOT, commented:  "With digitalisation disrupting entire industries, we seek to realise the competitive advantage it can bring to BW LPG and, in turn, our customers. The SMARTShip, solution from Alpha Ori Technologies enables us to combine our vessel’s operational data with a range of external data so that in real-time we can optimise performance on single vessels and across our entire fleet.

“We see great potential in improving safety, reducing costs and enhancing performance for the benefit of all our stakeholders.”

Capt. Rajeeva Mathur, COO of Southern Pacific Holding Corporation C/O Kumiai Senpaku also praised the performance improvements yielded by SMARTShip.

"Alpha Ori Technology’s SMARTShip system has introduced a whole new vision in the approach to ship operations for us at Kumiai Senpaku,” he said.

“We certainly feel that its transparency and the reliability of information it gives us makes it a very efficient and effective tool in improving commercial and operational enhancement. Our expectations have also been met on fuel optimisation and predictive maintenance programmes. Our charterers and managers will continue to benefit from this."

“SMARTShip’s Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics provides clients with the capability to troubleshoot remotely,” added Captain Unni. “This generates huge savings on the usual cost required to send a service engineer to the actual location of the ship for troubleshooting.”

SMARTShip’s Situational Awareness Decision Support System (DSS) incorporates applications including SMARTAlert notifications for preventing incidents, TFOC (Total Fuel Oil Consumption) fuel optimisation application and ASSET AI predictive maintenance applications.{/mprestriction}

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