6 Apr 2017

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Embracing the era of digital developments

The future of the industry will be inextricably linked to the availability of data and the development of digital services; in line with this, MacGregor customers will benefit from Cargotec’s recent acquisition of maritime software company, Interschalt

At the beginning of 2016 MacGregor’s parent company, Cargotec Corporation, completed the acquisition of German maritime software specialist, Interschalt Maritime Systems AG.

The acquisition complements Cargotec’s strategic aim to lead the market in intelligent cargo handling and particularly strengthens the digital capabilities of two of its business areas, Kalmar and MacGregor.

New software solutions

As a result, MacGregor can now offer Interschalt’s new Bluetracker software to its marine and offshore industry customers.

Bluetracker is an onboard data collection device, supporting either manual or automatic (sensor-driven) data in-put. Performance monitoring is web-based with direct access from shore facilities. As a decision support tool, Bluetracker not only visually presents ship data – collected either manually or automatically – it also promotes a better understanding of a ship’s operational performance. This can be extended across an entire fleet by employing comparison analysis with reference curves, sisterships and historic data.

“Innovation and the steady drive for change is the basis for sustainable growth even in tough times,” says Alexander Nürnberg, Senior Vice President, Technology and R&D, MacGregor. “The integration of Interschalt’s and MacGregor’s successful software solutions such as Stowman, Lashmate and Bluetracker, save time and money; this is what counts in commercial commercial shipping.

Real-time performance monitoring

“Whether it is about lowering operating costs, transparent reporting of actual ship performance to the charterer or reducing greenhouse gas emissions, effective performance monitoring that clearly visualises the available data for a ship is key to best practice in fleet performance management.”

Bluetracker performance software provides two different ways to collect data on board. One is manual performance monitoring, which simplifies manual data entry on board the vessel and carries out fleet-wide data validation and standardisation processes, and then makes them available in a visual form for benchmark analysis. The second way is automatic vessel performance monitoring and reporting, which is a tool that collects data via standardised interfaces.

It also has an energy efficiency monitoring panel, which enables users to view and monitor a vessel’s real-time performance. “Thanks to an integrated fleet-specific key performance indicator benchmark system, the energy efficiency monitoring panel allows the crew to take corrective action and improve the vessel’s efficiency accordingly,” concludes Mr Nürnberg.