We4Sea, a provider of performance monitoring solutions, has teamed up with mobile satellite communication specialist Immersat and will install a cloud-based ship performance management tool across Roll Group’s fleet of heavy lift vessels.

The collaboration of We4Sea’s monitoring solution with Immersat’s Fleet Xpress and Fleet Data platforms was first trialled on board some of Roll Group’s ships. The combination of the free of charge Fleet Data and application trialling will provide a “tipping point” for maritime digitalisation, according to Marco Cristoforo Camporeale, head of maritime digital at Inmarsat.

He explained: “This is the first example of a future-proof IoT set-up for ships that allow owners to investigate digitalisation without commitment. They can assess applications off the shelf and, if they work, agree on terms. In this case, the We4Sea trials on RollDock Star and RollDock Storm helped optimised speed and generator efficiency that led to a significant cut in fuel consumption.”

Michiel van der Knaap, fleet director at Roll Group said: “We4Sea and Inmarsat’s solution improves our monitoring possibilities and increases the effectiveness of communication with vessels. In this way we can keep investing and improving our state-of-the-art vessels.”

Dan Veen, founder and ceo of We4Sea, added: “A lot of owners understand that their vessels should be connected to the internet, but still think in terms of remote monitoring based on conventional connectivity using expensive bandwidth.

“Using an IoT-based platform, We4Sea has proved itself to be able to deliver measurable performance improvements, even when connecting to only eight standard shipboard datasets at a fixed monthly fee.”