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Bahri signs multi-ship deal with Alpha Ori for SMARTShip IoT platform

The Alpha Ori control centre The Alpha Ori control centre

The ship management division of Saudi Arabian national carrier Bahri has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT) to deploy AOT’s SMARTShip digital platform across a substantial part of the Bahri fleet.

AOT will complete the deployment of SMARTShip on the Bahri vessels over the next three months.SMARTShip is currently installed on over 100 vessels worldwide. The platform provides a 'live connect' experience to ship machinery including navigation, cargo and engine control systems.

With 3k to 5K data points flowing at 30 second intervals directly from control systems to AOT's cloud, intelligent alerts, advanced analytics and insights in real time are provided by AI-enabled applications.

SMARTShip's web and mobile interfaces also enable ship operators to meet safety and sustainability goals using various easy-to-use applications such as customizable reporting, geo location-based alarm systems, charter party dashboards, remote monitoring and diagnostics.

"Since its founding, Alpha Ori's endeavour has been to upgrade the shipping industry’s digital roadmap by delivering secure and sustainable solutions, reducing pain points, and optimising vessel performance and cost savings," said Bala Sankaran, co-CEO of AOT. “With SMARTShip, AOT has delivered on its promises to our customers and we are confident that Bahri will benefit from this partnership.”

AOT’s contract with Bahri was finalised after the successful completion of a three-month trial of SMARTShip on one of Bahri's Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC). 

Captain Rajesh Unni, co-CEO of AOT and CEO and founder of Singapore-based ship manager Synergy Group, commented: “SMARTShip uses machine learning algorithms to bring the power of AI to vessel management. This enables fuel savings, improved hull efficiency and predictive maintenance, providing owners and managers with a rapid return on investment.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Bahri, one of the world’s leading shipping and logistics groups, to deliver SMARTShip benefits to the Bahri fleet.”

“We’re in talks with multiple owners with a view to accelerating rollout of both SMARTShip and ShipPalm, AOT’s ship Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software,” added Mr Sankaran.

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