Houston: The number of ships with continued access to the internet is going up. However, cloud based and big data solutions have limited use because internet access cannot be taken for granted industry wide, argues Hendrik Bruhns, president of Herbert-ABS Software Solutions.
“Parallel systems are standing in the way of efficient data collection making multiple entries of the same data necessary, just in different forms or formats, often in programs that are not connected to each other,” Bruhns says. When planning for a successful data management scheme, this is has to be improved, he reckons, suggesting common information platforms can help resolve this going forward. Until then significant flexibility and open file exchange formats are needed from all service providers to facilitate data exchange and sharing.
Herbert-ABS offers edge stability, load management and emergency response software solutions for the marine and offshore industries
Bruhns reveals Herbert-ABS is in the process of releasing an advanced sequencer for tankers and bulkers, which will help to optimise the loading and unloading process. It is also releasing an automated sequence developer for use on new ultra large FLNGs. Other new developments include load management software for coupled offshore bodies.