German technology firm MAN Energy Solutions and Norwegian marine technology firm Kongsberg have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a common data infrastructure for the maritime industry.

According to the MoU, MAN Energy Solutions will use Kongsberg Digital’s data-infrastructure solution Vessel Insight to collect data. Then, the data will be transferred via MAN Energy’s digital platform MAN CEON.

Both partners will test the effectiveness of their data infrastructure. If successful, the trial will enable MAN Energy Solutions to use advanced services, including its remote monitoring and optimisation package PrimeServ Assist to provide better customer service.

Kongsberg Digital president and Kongsberg executive vice-president Hege Skryseth said: “The complexity of data capture and transfer drives up the cost of these essentially non-core activities and prevents efficient development of value-adding solutions to the market.

“Collaboration between vendors in the industrial digital value chain is, therefore, a win-win for vendors, who can focus on digital development within their core competencies, and customers, who will get faster access to better and more cost-efficient solutions.”

The partners will also work on reducing the cost of data gathering from ships, which prevents ship-owners from investing in data collection solutions.

MAN Energy Solutions digital and strategy leader Per Hansson said: “Our commitment is to help our customers increase the safety, reliability and predictability of their individual vessel performance and overall fleet.

“Through this co-operation, we aim to securely on board our customers faster to provide our new digital services, advanced analytics and support – areas where we can provide unique benefits to their business.”

Recently, MAN Energy Solutions won a contract from Spanish shipyard Astilleros Balenciaga to provide a complete MAN propulsion package for a research vessel for the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.

In September, Kongsberg signed a contract with Tidewater Marine to supply a hybrid upgrade for its offshore supply vessel (OSV) Bailey Tide.