Maritime software provider NAPA has signed an agreement to enable ship owners and managers to access and analyse real-time on-board data through an application hosted on Inmarsat’s new Fleet Data IoT service.

Fleet Data, which has been developed by Inmarsat and Danelec Marine, collects data from on-board sensors.

The data will be pre-processed and uploaded to a central cloud-based database equipped with a dashboard and application process interface (API).

It will be used by NAPA to offer services for vessel performance monitoring, analytics and optimisation.

Fleet Data will be made commercially available earlier this year.

Inmarsat Maritime Business Development vice-president Stefano Poli said: “This partnership and the NAPA application will help overcome key difficulties faced by those frustrated with the challenge of aggregating vessel data onboard and getting it efficiently onshore to improve fuel optimisation.

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“It will allow ship operators and managers to access, control and analyse their own data through the NAPA application on Fleet Data and via a secure platform that is fully scalable, fleet-wide and now commercially available on both Fleet Xpress and FleetBroadband.”

“It will allow ship operators and managers to access, control and analyse their own data through the NAPA application on Fleet Data and via a secure platform.”

Last year, Inmarsat published research on digital transformation in shipping, which indicated that ship operators and managers plan to spend an average of $2.5m on IoT-based solutions within a period of three years.

However, research suggested that if more data could be delivered and analysed in real-time, a greater maritime appetite for IoT-based solutions would emerge.

NAPA Shipping Solutions Development director Pekka Pakkanen said: “Our NAPA Fleet Intelligence platform is built to utilise ship performance data from all kinds of data sources such as noon reports or AIS, and to scale according to the data available, allowing as many vessels as possible to use data to improve their operations.”

Last month, Inmarsat announced the launch of a new service, Crew Xpress, to bring about improvement in seafarer connectivity.