Ships in the ocean to illustrate how IoT is transforming remote asset management

How IoT is transforming remote asset management in maritime

13/4/23 | 5 minute read

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the way remote asset management is carried out in the maritime industry.

The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is a recent technological phenomenon which is overhauling the way companies do business from maritime to mining and from agriculture to aviation. In 2019, IoT technologies were reported to be implemented by 25% of businesses. This is a jump of 14% from 2014! It is estimated that this year the number of assets and devices connected through IoT infrastructures is set to hit 43 billion around the globe.

There is no surprise why this technology is increasingly being adopted by companies that want to save money and improve organisational efficiencies. In maritime, one of AST Networks' specialist sectors, IoT-enabled sensors and devices can be used to monitor various aspects of a ship's (or even a fleets’) performance, including its location, fuel consumption, engine performance, cargo status, and more.

This data can be analysed in real-time to identify potential issues or inefficiencies, allowing operators to take proactive steps to optimise performance, reduce costs and keep their crews safe from the risks at sea. Let us explore the areas IoT can transform maritime remote asset management for the better.

Real-time monitoring of ship operations

The use of IoT sensors for ship tracking provides operators with several benefits. Firstly, these sensors can track a ship's location and speed in real-time, which can be particularly valuable when a ship is carrying delicate or expensive cargo or is sailing through dangerous waters. By monitoring the ship's location and speed, operators can make informed decisions and ensure the safety of the ship and its crew.

Secondly, IoT sensors can provide real-time data on a variety of operational metrics, such as engine performance, fuel consumption, and weather conditions. This data can help operators to identify potential issues before they become major problems, including engine failures or fuel leaks. With real-time data, operators can take corrective action quickly such as to divert a ship to a port for repairs, which can help to reduce downtime and increase efficiency.

Predictive maintenance

The proactive scheduling of maintenance (also known as a Planned Maintenance System) is a significant benefit of IoT sensors for ship asset monitoring. Instead of waiting for a problem to occur, operators can take preventative measures for operations to continue running smoothly. For example, if the data from the sensors indicates that the ship's engine is running at a higher temperature than normal, operators can schedule maintenance to address the issue before it leads to engine failure in the future.

Furthermore, IoT sensors can also be used to track the ship's fuel consumption, enabling operators to optimise fuel efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. By analysing the data from the sensors, maritime companies and their teams can identify areas where fuel is being wasted and take corrective action through planned maintenance to reduce consumption. This can result in significant cost savings over time and helps to ensure the sustainability of the ship's operations.

Enhanced cargo monitoring:

Sensors can track the location of cargo in real-time, enabling operators to monitor the movement of goods throughout the ship. This data can be used to optimise cargo loading and unloading, providing peace of mind that the goods are transported safely.

In addition to the above, the status of cargo, such as temperature and humidity levels can be continuously monitored. This information can be mission-critical when transporting perishable goods, such as food or pharmaceuticals, where strict temperature controls are essential. By monitoring the status of cargo, operators can take corrective action quickly to ensure that goods remain in optimal condition during transit. IoT remote asset management can also be used to ensure that cargo is properly secured during transit. For example, sensors can detect if cargo is shifting or moving during rough seas, indicating the need for adjustments to be made to prevent damage or loss.

Improved safety and security

The use of IoT sensors on ships can significantly enhance safety and security by providing real-time monitoring of various critical aspects of a ship's operations. These sensors can detect fires, leaks, and other hazards, allowing maritime companies to take prompt action to address any issues and prevent potential accidents.

The ability to detect and respond quickly to fires is crucial for ensuring the safety of the crew and the ship. Robust and innovative digital sensors can detect even small fires and smoke, triggering an immediate response from the ship's fire suppression systems. This early detection can help to prevent the spread of fires and reduce the risk of considerable damage to the ship. Leaks, such as gas or chemical spills, can also be monitored with IoT, further assisting with the health and safety of crews and potentially mitigating the risk of environmental disasters.

In addition to monitoring for hazards, IoT sensors can also provide critical data for security purposes. For example, sensors can track the movement of personnel and assets on board the ship, enabling operators to detect any unauthorised access or activity. This can be incredibly useful and potentially lifesaving in the event of piracy. This can help to prevent theft or other security breaches and ensure the safety of the crew and the ship.

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