Solutions: VesselConnect

Container Vessel Connectivity

Minimize cargo damage, reduce vessel operating costs and enhance crew efficiency

ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect enables local and remote management and control of refrigerated containers on board a sea vessel. The solution helps ensure cargo integrity and reduces operating costs by allowing crews to locally monitor temperature, humidity, location and slot position, reefer status and more from the VesselConnect application on the ship, which can also be synchronized through the cloud for remote land-based access. It virtually eliminates the need for manual checks, enhancing efficiency and minimizing risks to crew, especially in inclement weather.

Using on-board GSM infrastructure powered by Vobal Technologies, VesselConnect creates a wireless local data transport network on the ship, enabling refrigerated and other containers fitted with GPS/GSM modem devices to continue to report while the vessel is on the water.

This cost-effective, low-infrastructure system can be installed with no downtime to ensure immediate vessel redeployment. Deck crew receive real-time event-based alerts on handheld devices so they can take immediate action, while office-based crew can access the central terminal, which displays all bays and containers at a glance on an icon-based interface that can be easily and universally interpreted and understood.

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5 Reasons to Choose VesselConnect for Refrigerated Container Management at Sea

1. Minimize cargo loss and damage
Track and manage containers, and ensure compliance and cargo integrity in open water with up-to-date reefer reports, critical alarms and remote reefer commands enabled by access to timely, actionable data.

2. Expedite distribution
Monitor both the shipping lines’ own reefers as well as reefers from alliance or sharing partners. Use temperature and environment data to more efficiently allocate containers to optimize shelf life and minimize loss due to spoilage.

3. Cost-effective and easy to deploy
Install in just six hours with minimal infrastructure. It integrates easily with existing vessel LAN and satellite systems, be that FBB, VSAT or other. Maintenance and repair operations are also significantly improved.

4. Enhance crew safety and efficiency
Eliminate the need to manually check the status and condition of reefer containers. Get alerts to dispatch engineers to check and resolve any issues. Improve crew safety by eliminating walking the decks and climbing ladders in perilous conditions.

5. Open architecture
Deploy easily on a wide range of ships of various shapes and sizes, including conventional container vessels, barges and roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) and ConRo ships. Optionally integrate with AIS vessel tracking data and vessel stowage plan BAPLIE.

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