Ericsson has announced its collaboration with U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation (U-MING), the Taiwanese bulk carrier. The partnership will help Ericsson digitize the fleet performance management via smart Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. It will benefit the company with increased efficiency, reduced costs, enhanced safety, and reduced environmental risks.
The latest fleet performance management platform (FPM) will allow professionals at the Operations Center of U-MING to observe the fleet’s operations when at sea in near real-time. It will help in taking faster actions to foster fleet efficiency and meet the key performance indicator target like carbon footprint reduction. The FPM deployment is ongoing and is likely to be completed by the end of 2020.
The new system could help in achieving fuel savings of 2% across the fleet, according to the estimations. It will also enable faster reaction times to marine risks. Additionally, port clearance operations will be digitized, further boosting efficiency, safety, and speed.
Ericsson has teamed-up with U-MING on fleet management with fleet satellite managed services since 2015. Ericsson is supporting the latest FPM implementation via digital transformation consulting, application development, and project management.
The U-MING FPM platform covers ship equipment’s operational status like generations and engines through an intelligent IoT digital data and data dashboard. It helps U-MING in its operations and efficiency measures like preventive maintenance of mission-critical equipment. It also helps in planning operations and streamlining logistics. The faster collection and process of data also empowers crews to focus on safe navigation.
Earlier, it raised a vessel’s speed deviation alert from the operations center. With its feature of speed monitoring automation, the system will raise a trouble ticket automatically to record the reason for speed deviation and further give a statistical report to recapitulate the results. While increasing the safety of the fleet, this will also save fuel. It also provides valuable data to support U-MING with operations.