Norwegian maritime technology group Kongsberg and Germany’s MAN Energy Solutions have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the purpose of exploring the potential for collaboration on a common data infrastructure for the maritime sector.
As informed, the collaboration between the industrial software company and the engine and marine solution provider aims to solve a key challenge for the broader adoption of digital solutions, namely the high cost of capturing quality data from the vessels, which leaves vessel owners and operators with an unattractive ROI on their digital investments.
According to Kongsberg and MAN Energy Solutions, this could help accelerate the maritime transformation, where new technology and digital solutions enable a move towards smarter, more efficient, safer and greener operations.
Under the MoU which was signed in September this year, MAN Energy Solutions is set to investigate the possibility of using Kongsberg Digital’s data-infrastructure solution, Vessel Insight, to collect and transmit data using MAN Energy Solution’s digital platform, MAN CEON. A successful trial would allow MAN Energy Solutions to use advanced services such as PrimeServ Assist, its remote monitoring and optimization package, according to the duo.
“The complexity of data capture and transfer drives up the cost of these essentially non-core activities and prevents efficient development of value adding solutions to the market,” Hege Skryseth, President of Kongsberg Digital and EVP of Kongsberg, explained.
“Collaboration between vendors in the industrial digital value chain is therefore a win-win for vendors, who can focus on digital development within their core competencies and customers, who will get faster access to better and more cost-efficient solutions.”
“Our commitment is to help our customers increase the safety, reliability and predictability of their individual vessel performance and overall fleet,” Per Hansson, Head of Digital and Strategy at MAN Energy Solutions, added.