A major ferry operator and engine manufacturer have partnered for vessel monitoring and improving equipment reliability.
Stena Line has contracted Caterpillar Marine’s asset intelligence services for ferries that it has on order in China. Caterpillar Marine, together with Pon Power, will provide asset intelligence to passenger ships being built by AVIC Shipyard for delivery in 2019 and 2020.
Cat Asset Intelligence will provide monitoring and advanced analytics of critical on board systems on these vessels. This will enable Stena to make condition-based maintenance decisions and operational refinements.
The scope of the digital partnership goes well beyond connecting the main engines. It also includes the auxiliary diesel generators, controllable pitch propeller, bow thrusters, boiler systems and the tank management systems. In addition to the visibility and advisories from the onboard and onshore platforms, Caterpillar will provide Stena with dedicated fleet advisor services.
Data from these systems will need to be sent over global mobile and satellite networks to shore for further analysis. Stena Line uses Marlink’s VSAT solution Sealink as part of its vessel communications package.
This is not the first deal that Stena Line has made in digital services and vessel monitoring. In March this year, it signed an agreement with Rolls-Royce to collaborate on developing an intelligent awareness system, which was seen as a step further towards its goal of achieving further autonomy of vessel operations.