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Columbia and Marlow partner with Lufthansa for IT development

Mark O’Neil, president of Columbia Shipmanagement Mark O’Neil, president of Columbia Shipmanagement

Columbia Shipmanagement and merger partner Marlow Navigation, via their jointly established software company Blue Dynamics, have signed a new agreement with Lufthansa Industry Solutions to develop a range of digital systems for the maritime sector.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The agreement covers technology relating to performance monitoring, predictive maintenance, remote sensors, procurement, logistics and crew planning, as well as encouraging collaboration in other areas such as development resource sharing and lab utilisation.

Lufthansa Industry Solutions has already provided IT systems to the maritime industry in recent years, both in the transport and cruise sectors, for example in the provision of its Velimo mobile platform for the cruise industry that provides a portal for guests to access digital content and smart services.

Mark O’Neil, president of Columbia Shipmanagement, and the future CEO of the merged Columbia Marlow (subject to regulatory approval), welcomed the partnership and said the goal was to create “a truly transformational digital environment consisting of integrated applications and services which will enable the customer to be fully integrated into the management and vessel operation process.”

“It will empower our staff with more information to help them in their decision-making processes, ensure optimisation of maintenance and processes, allow for better monitoring of crew training and pastoral needs, and help immeasurably in achieving economies and efficacies of scale. All this tailored to the specific needs of each individual client, large and small,” he said.

Bernd Appel, managing director of Lufthansa Industry Solutions, also commented on how Lufthansa’s experience in working with IT for airlines would provide inspiration for a new range of systems for the shipping sector.

“Our roots are in aviation, a highly digitised, security-sensitive industry,” he said.

“Lufthansa stands for quality and reliability, which means that we as a subsidiary have good DNA. The sharing of IT solutions between the airline and maritime sectors can only assist both and lead to improved safety, efficacies and efficiencies.”{/mprestriction}

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