Following the initial signing of a two-year contract in September 2016 with BigOceanData for the supply of vessel tracking services, Maersk has now extended and expanded the contract for another 30 months to cover three times the original number of vessels and nearly double the number of users. 300 vessels are also now in the process of adopting BigOceandata’s integrated SSAS service.
Over the past 18 months the BigOceanData vessel tracking system has successfully been used to track Maersk Line’s fleet using fused data feeds. This is where the BigOceanData system takes Maersk’s own vessel data received via Fleet Broadband and combines it with satellite and terrestrial AIS, all backed up by ‘pay-as-you-go’ Inmarsat-C. This delivers a service capable of providing position reports every 10 minutes both in open ocean and coastal waters. Maersk can then apply this information to optimise the performance of the fleet. This service is now covering up to 2,000 vessels carrying Maersk cargo and is accessed by up to 500 users.
BOD SSAS integration for 300 vessels
Maersk has also signed up 300 vessels for BigOceanData’s integrated SSAS option (see notes below), which is now in the process of being rolled out over a period of six months. This delivers cost savings by aggregating position data and so reducing satellite data costs.
“We are pleased to be extending our relationship with BigOceanData,” said Stephan Martinussen, Head of Global Vessel Performance Centre, at Maersk Line. “The system has performed well since its introduction and we continue explore its integration potential and the cost savings that can be derived from it.”