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DIGITALIZATION IN SHIPPING






















           Achieving sustainable ship operations


           through digital technologies




           As with most other industries, the ship-  To realize its goal of reducing the annual greenhouse gas emissions from international
           ping industry is under enormous pres-  shipping by 50 percent by 2050, the IMO has adopted stringent regulations that force ship-
           sure  to  reduce  its  emissions.  Increas-  owners to have complete control over their emissions. These regulations punish adoption
           ingly stringent regulations and policies   laggards, resulting in all companies having to readjust to keep up. In other words, reduc-
           from the IMO, other supranational and   ing emissions is no longer only about strengthening a company’s reputation; it is crucial
           national  authorities,  organizations,   for its survival.
           financial  institutions,  and  customers   So, what can shipowners do to comply with regulations and at the same time remain
           necessitate  a  massive  restructuring.   competitive? Besides low and zero-carbon fuels, digitalization is one more tool towards
           Digitalization  will  be  a  key  enabler  to   this end, leading to more sustainable operations in terms of reduced air pollution from
           meet  these  regulations  and  a  tool  for   ships, increased crew safety, and compliance with the increasingly stricter regulations.
           the green transformation of shipping.  Reducing emissions through digitalization can be achieved by collecting high-quality data
                                              from the vessels. This will give shipowners an overview of all real-time and historical data,
                                              allowing benchmarking and more targeted improvements, thus significantly reducing air
            “                                 components that require a lot of energy, such as main engines, generators, and boilers,
                                              pollution and emissions. The estimated savings potential is at least 15 percent. Data from
                                              indicate whether they are in good condition or not and whether the equipment is op-
            Reducing emissions is no
                                              erating optimally. Combined with the vessel trim measurements and the hull cleaning
            longer only about strength-       and propeller polishing results, the crew can make more informed decisions to plan and
                                              optimize vessel operations.
            ening a company’s reputa-         Emissions reduction can also be achieved through voyage optimization. By gathering in-
                                              formation about several ship-specific and commercial factors and other external factors
            tion; it is crucial               such as weather, waves, and currents, the crew gets a detailed overview of how much fuel
            for its survival                  the various routing alternatives require before they set out on a journey. These conditions
                                              are then monitored in real-time during the trip.
                                      ”       more challenging than ever. Digitizing and automating reporting processes will ensure
                                              The increasingly stricter regulations and policies have made demonstrating compliance
                                              consistent and correct reporting and improve transparency as increasingly demanded
                                              by regulators and customers. Digitalization and connectivity onboard can also lead to
                                              enhanced safety and welfare of crews. Improved decision-making and shore-side support
                                              during emergency situations and enabling remote operations are also factors that will
                                              enhance safety.
                                              Of course, digitalization alone will not solve all the industry’s challenges, but getting a
                                              correct overview of the starting point is crucial to meeting the new requirements. This
                                              makes it possible to improve operations through small and large measures, which will
                                              make a big difference when combined.
                                              Vessel Insight, Kongsberg Digital’s data infrastructure, gives shipowners access to reliable
                                              and high-quality data that can be turned into value at the world’s largest open maritime
                                              digital ecosystem, the Kognifai Marketplace. On this digital marketplace, customers can
           by Kongsberg Digital               choose from a fast-growing number of powerful maritime applications that can reduce
                                              emissions of air pollutants, increase safety, and ensure compliance.


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