Classification society Lloyd’s Register has formed an industry-first partnership with Inmarsat, a mobile satellite communications company to jointly indulge in the development of a connectivity solution to address the challenges faced during remote surveys.
The new solution would be using a Lloyd’s Register Remote, a specifically engineered application for remote inspection that enables crew-members to livestream photos, videos and audio from on-board a vessel to a Lloyd’s Register technical specialist, located elsewhere and will be powered by Inmarsat’s Certified Application Provider (CAP) dedicated bandwidth service named Fleet Connect, which is available on the Fleet Xpress digital platform.
Fleet Connect provides an uninterrupted dedicated satellite link between ships and seafarers, thereby offering users with function-specific bandwidth which is independent of business-critical vessel operations or crew communications. With no additional communication hardware required to run this application, the separation allows Lloyd’s Register Remote to be enabled remotely without any intervention on-site.
Fleet Connect provides dedicated bandwidth which is secure and reliable, which means that it can increase the potential of remote surveys on vessels where connectivity restraints have previously limited its use. This approach provides flexibility and 24/7 availability which enables surveyors to perform surveys efficiently using a blend of techniques, reducing the impact of unexpected situations on vessel operations, where surveyors and crew can quickly navigate problems using remote technology.
The new solution is another step toward digital class, opening opportunities for future uses of vessel data in demonstrating compliance and driving deeper insight into vessel efficiency and fleet optimization. The solution is currently being piloted by Lloyd’s Register and Inmarsat with clients specializing in gas carriers and bulker carriers.
Mark Darley, Marine and Offshore Director at Lloyd’s Register, said, “Connectivity is a significant enabler in the digitalization of the maritime industry. Both Lloyd’s Register and Inmarsat have a mutual goal of unlocking the true potential of technology, thereby transforming remote compliance and enabling digital class. This collaboration ensures our vast certification expertise is accessible anywhere it is needed and demonstrates Lloyd’s Register’s commitment to our clients and to the wider industry in safely navigating shipping’s digital transformation.”
Alberto Perez, the Director of Strategy and Business Development at Inmarsat Maritime, said, “Inmarsat is delighted to work with Lloyd’s Register on this first-of-its-kind solution, which addresses a specific industry challenge. With Fleet Connect’s dedicated connectivity running on the digital Fleet Xpress platform, we can assure high speed uninterrupted access so that remote surveyors are guaranteed a solution that is always available and always reliable when it is most important.”
This partnership follows increased uptake in remote services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as access to ships and assets became more challenging. Lloyd’s Register has been offering remote survey capability for many years, and now, 1 in 3 of the 30,000+ surveys which Lloyd’s Register performs every year is completed remotely. A team of a global team of remote survey experts to support remote surveys within the marine and offshore industries was introduced by Lloyd’s Register, back in May, 2020.
Source: Press Release
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