Damen Shipyards Group and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have received the CIO Magazine Innovation Award 2020 from ICT media. The award was given for the Connected Vessel Platform Triton. This integrated, collaborative IoT platform collects data from Damen vessels.
According to the jury, with Triton, ‘Damen is repositioning itself as a digital maritime solution provider that assumes a leading role in an ecosystem of multiple sector suppliers.’
With the platform, Damen vessels are equipped with 10,000-15,000 sensors, which collect various data. For instance, how much fuel, fresh water and oil are stored in onboard tanks or engine performance indicators such as power, RPM or fuel consumption.
This information is relayed to the Connected Vessel Platform. This makes Damen vessels smarter, which in turn offers numerous benefits to Damen’s clients. For example, it allows the remote monitoring of the vessel. The information presented can be applied to optimising efficiency in operation, sailing the most efficient routes and reducing both fuel consumption and emissions. It can also aid preventative maintenance, avoiding potentially costly repairs and maximising vessel uptime.
Throughout the maritime supply chain
Damen and its clients are not the only ones to benefit from Triton, however. The company’s goal was to develop a platform from which it can share information and stimulate collaboration throughout the maritime supply chain.
‘We are delighted to receive this innovation award for the Connected Vessel Platform, Triton,’ says Damen’s chief information officer Aart Rupert. ‘This platform exemplifies our objective to make our vessels smarter and better connected to our ecosystem in order to contribute to a more sustainable future. We are excited to continue exploring new horizons. We hope that the new technologies that we apply to an industry almost as old as humanity will be an inspiration to other companies and sectors to develop business models that will help maintain their relevance for the future.’