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Chemfleet moves to FB

Turkish chemical tanker company Chemfleet is to implement Inmarsat FleetBroadband services across 21 of its vessels.

Delivered in conjunction with Inmarsat service provider Deckhouse, the roll out will mark the culmination of an evaluation process whereby Chemfleet reviewed a range of connectivity options before selecting FleetBroadband.

“Chemfleet has a fleet management software solution called ‘Nozzle’ which enables our office onshore to monitor, in real-time, a broad range of operational information from our vessels,” explained Chemfleet operations manager, Bariş Samur.

“To realise the value of this investment, we required reliable broadband connectivity, regardless of where in the world our vessels are sailing. FleetBroadband offered the capacity and reliability we needed, whilst enabling us to keep close control of our costs. Put simply, the alternatives were more expensive and not as effective.”

The ‘Nozzle’ software, developed by Chemfleet, is designed to synchronise a broad range of onboard data sources - along with the company’s Safety Management System - with Chemfleet’s head office in Istanbul. This includes engine readings, fuel readings and daily vessel reports.

The company says that this investment is improving the management of fleet-wide systems, by allowing for the tracking of any outstanding maintenance jobs and the identification of any defective systems.

‘Nozzle’ also enables the result of any vessel inspections to be relayed ashore in real-time, information that Chemfleet uses to conduct continuous analysis of vessel performance across the fleet, identifying trends and common problems.

In addition to the installation of the new satcom system, Deckhouse is providing IT support across all of Chemfleet’s vessels and, using the FleetBroadband service, aims to be able to fix a wide range of technical issues remotely without having to schedule maintenance visits to the vessels and without interrupting the tankers' schedule.

“An increasing number of fleet owners and operators are looking to enhance the efficiency of their vessels through the application of new technologies,” said Frank Coles, president, Inmarsat Maritime.

“As in the case of Chemfleet, the ability to maximise the return on their technology investments is dependent upon the effectiveness of the broadband connection. FleetBroadband has become the world’s leading service for maritime voice and data broadband because it is simply dependable, seamless and reaches across every ocean.”

As part of the solution being delivered to Chemfleet, Deckhouse is also providing a mail platform, a virus protection solution, which regularly updates itself via the new mail system, and a daily newspaper sent to every Chemfleet vessel via the broadband connection.

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