• Home
  • News
  • Smart technology from ScanReach to transform ship safety
  • 2019 March 12 13:04

    Smart technology from ScanReach to transform ship safety

    Tucked away in a quiet office in Bergen, Norway’s second city, there’s a revolution underway. Here a small group of sensor-technology experts and software developers are putting the final touches to the first phase of a breakthrough set to transform the world of shipboard connectivity and maritime safety. This is the office of ScanReach, the first company bringing full wireless IoT-connectivity to vessels.

    The team is poised to launch its company and technology at this year’s NorShipping in June. By this time, the low cost, high value, wireless plug and play technology will be approved and certified by DNV GL, adopted by several blue-chip collaborators, and will also have become an integral component of both the DNV GL Veracity and Kongsberg KognifAi digital platforms. And this is just the beginning.

    Penetrating steel

    From a small start-up whose principals had a clever idea back in 2015, ScanReach has arrived at the point where its systems can now transform the maritime market, superseding existing ship and offshore safety procedures. The team’s smart, low-power, IoT wireless microsensor technology overcomes a challenge which, until now, has proved insurmountable to technologists and marine electronics engineers.

    ScanReach has found a way to transmit sensor-based data through steel to provide a robust on-board emergency response system, tracking the condition and whereabouts of all persons on board in real time - with optimal efficiency and cost.

    In addition to individuals, the ScanReach technology – based on a combination of frequency control, sophisticated algorithms and protocols – can monitor compartments and hard-to-access void spaces on a ship or offshore asset, as well as monitoring and wirelessly transmitting real-time ship operating data to a central control unit on the bridge or special control room.

    Any changes to the monitored individual, space or component is immediately picked up by the closest microsensor and relayed automatically to alert senior personnel, who can then take remedial action if necessary. The information can also be shared with other remote locations including fleet management offices, emergency services, insurers and performance monitoring specialists.

    Low cost, huge impact

    The wireless system, named In:Range, works on a meshed network of microsensors each of which makes sure that the network is complete, rendering existing and expensive cable monitoring systems redundant. The plug-and-play system can be simply installed throughout a ship or offshore asset in a matter of hours, at a fraction of the cost of traditional arrangements, which often involve many kilometers of cabling and complex installation processes.

    It is a unique technology, penetrating steel bulkheads to provide asset managers with a complete picture of persons on board, including their location and any risk to their wellbeing. Should a sensor fail as a result of fire or explosion, for example, the meshed set-up ensures that adjacent sensors pick up the failure which will becomes immediately evident to control unit personnel. The microsensors can also track any change in the conditions prevailing in void spaces such as temperature, pressure or the presence of gas. Inaccessible void spaces can be monitored just as easily as frequently used compartments, cargo tanks and holds.

    Jacob Grieg Eide is Chief Business Development Officer at ScanReach. He studied naval architecture at Strathclyde in the UK before taking a Masters in industrial design.

    "We are sitting on some of the world’s most disruptive safety technology,” Eide proclaims. “There are probably about 100,000 ships and many more offshore assets that could immediately benefit from our wireless sensor-based system to transform the safety of people and assets at sea.”

    Giant benefits

    He refers to shipping economist Martin Stopford who, he points out, has repeatedly called for shipping to embrace smart technology to raise operating efficiency and streamline maritime links in the global supply chain. This ground-breaking technology now enables major gains not only in safety, but also makes possible huge strides in the efficiency which Stopford has been calling for, Eide says.

    “In order to obtain onboard connectivity expensive and complex cabling networks are now obsolete,” he continues. “Our on-board wireless meshed network enables secure connectivity throughout the steel structure of ships and offshore units, and our system has already been successfully tried and tested through our cooperation with North Sea Shipping. Last April, we installed a system with a meshed network of more than 100 microsensors, and 120 personnel tags, throughout the North Sea Giant, one of the world’s most complex subsea construction vessels. The results have been great.”

    Eide explains the background and the catalyst for the development. Shipping’s fundamental business model has not changed much for many decades and, until now, has not required a lot of detailed management from shore. But that era, Eide and his colleagues believe, is coming to an end.

    Transformational change

    Now, information and connectivity are vital in enabling shipping company managers to operate a fleet of ships in the same way as BMW executives manage a car factory. Ship operation, navigation and safety can become semi-automated, and the ocean leg can be neatly integrated with port operations at the beginning and end of a sea voyage, as well as landward links with other transport modes. Global logistics can become a door-to-door integrated supply chain from which more value can be squeezed.

    “High quality data systems provide a new level of efficiency which human beings and paper systems cannot,” Eide declares.

    Nor-Shipping will see ScanReach officially launch In:Range, In:Track, In:Sense and In:Connect, mesh-based connectivity systems designed for safety and secure information transfer respectively. In:Range tracks and monitors persons on board. Seafarers, contractors based on a ship or offshore unit, and passengers on an expedition cruise ship, for example, will wear ‘tags’ on their wrists and can be tracked in all parts of the ship or rig.

    In the event of an emergency, their location on board and their condition are immediately evident and any absences at muster stations can be quickly and effectively noted and addressed. On board the advanced North Sea Giant, there are typically more than 120 persons – crew and contractors – and In:Range would have dramatic implications for their safety in potentially dangerous situations. Feedback from the system also provides valuable data allowing ship and rig operators to fine-tune their safety systems.

    Following In:Range, the company will be extending its meshed microsensor systems to build intelligence and track other variables on board ships and offshore units. Systems which now use cables can now be remodelled to work on meshed microsensor networks and there are a wide range of possible applications. In addition to In:Range, ScanReach will launch solutions for tracking assets, cargo and equipment named In:Track. For sensing gases and environmental conditions in compartments and void spaces they will launch In:Sense.  A solution for connection to third party sensors has also been developed making their wireless sensors quite complete.

    ‘No brainer’ savings

    Eide stresses that ScanReach’s technology is an open platform shipowners can build on to deliver maximum value.

    He explains: “The value of any innovation can be gauged by its potential utility, and this edge-computing based solution – with the ability to extract data from any connected system or element – can be used for countless applications. The result is connected, smarter ships, enhanced efficiency and tremendous cost savings over conventional tech.”

    As an example he notes that an undisclosed shipowner in the passenger vessel segment recently decided to test utilising ScanReach technology for water monitoring.

    “They were going to install a cabled solution that would have carried a seven figure price tag,” Eide comments. “However, we were able to give them the option of simply fitting a low cost sensor in the relevant area, which could then be connected to the meshed system. It is effectively a ‘no brainer’ for forward-thinking shipping firms.

    He adds that Bluetooth functionality will also soon be available. This will allow third-party sensors monitoring gas, for example, to become connected, possibly one at floor level and one at the top of a compartment. Any change in status would be noted. Similarly, the condition of cargoes which are prone to liquefy or combust spontaneously could be monitored, possibly with far-reaching insurance implications.

    Clearly, the company has a broad target market, but what are its priorities? Eide says that its primary aim is to target companies for whom safety is top of the agenda and, in that respect, offshore energy companies and contractors are high on the list. But he is keen to stress that ScanReach is truly a game changer, about to impact the shipping industry with breakthrough technology “For the first time, ships will have full, reliable and high-quality IoT enabled by ScanReach’s ship-wide solutions. The safety and operational benefits of this technology are truly phenomenal,” he concludes. “Revolutionary, in fact.”

2023 September 27

18:06 Mawani wins two awards at LTA 2023
17:57 Russia expanded fish exports geography to 80 countries this year
17:43 HAROPA PORT to create a new multimodal platform, 40 km from Paris
17:33 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping shares its business agenda at NEVA-2023
17:26 174 export terminals to focus on converting hydrogen into ammonia by 2035 - Rystad Energy
17:12 Sener develops the conceptual and basic engineering of two vessels with carbon capture systems for Grona Shipping
16:45 Maritime Partners acquires U.S. Marine Management from Maersk Line
16:24 Additional $8 billion to $28 billion to be required annually to decarbonize ships by 2050: UNCTAD report
15:39 Amur Shipyard launches two small missile ships of Project 22800, Rzhev and Udomlya
15:39 QatarEnergy signs new LNG ship-building agreement valued at QR14.2 billion with HD Hyundai Heavy Industries
14:45 Value Maritime сompletes first filtree system installation in China for Ardmore Shipping
14:13 GTT receives an order from Jiangnan Shipyard for the tank design of two new LNG сarriers
13:13 GTLK: fully operational ship repair complex in Murmansk Region to dock 90 ships per year
12:41 ABS grants AiP to Samsung Heavy Industries for cyber resilience
12:24 ​Argeo and Shearwater form strategic alliance to transform subsea and ocean bottom seismic markets
11:41 ABS and AL Group to study Ultramax bulker methanol fuel conversion
11:38 Investments in Rosmorport’s ship repair base in the port of Ust-Luga is estimated at RUB 4 billion
11:05 Equinor and OMV agree new long-term gas sales agreement
10:55 PortNews Media Group welcomes to visit its stand at VI Global fishery forum & seafood expo Russia
10:40 Enova provides NOK 709 million in support for emission-free maritime transport
10:09 Galp takes final investment decision on green hydrogen and HVO/SAF projects
09:36 Ship repair companies are ready to unite in an association
09:21 Rohe Solutions first in Finland to start liquefying biogas at the Hamina LNG Terminal
08:58 Panama Canal adjusts Fresh Water Surcharge

2023 September 26

18:07 Fincantieri signs a EUR 800 million facility agreement
17:53 Shortage of sea transport vessels in Russia estimated at over 400 units
17:36 MV Ballard becomes first Klaveness Combination Carriers vessel equipped with Silverstream Technologies air lubrication system
17:16 Shell completes Gibraltar's first cruise ship LNG bunkering
17:09 Okskaya Sudoverf shipyard launches second bilge water removing ship of project RST38 for Rosmorport
16:45 Port of Kiel opens two shore power facilities at the Ostuferhafen
16:28 Scandlines Germany officially receives the first intermediate ROV class certificate without the presence of conventional divers
16:07 Murmansk Commercial Seaport handled 1 million tonnes of coastwise cargo year-to-date
15:40 HMM introduces direct service between Korea and Indonesia
15:24 MOL and Idemitsu to launch demonstration test on recycling of marine plastic waste
14:32 Crowley Engineering Services wins design, production contracts for Crescent Towing
14:14 Admiral Makarov SUMIS to install simulator for training specialists of maritime autonomous surface ships navigation
13:42 Bunker One and Acelen launch bunkering operations outside the Port of Itaqui, Brazil
13:11 Port Houston container volume down 20% in August 2023
12:55 RZD and FESCO achieved record high daily result having dispatched 1.3 thousand TEU in 10 container trains from Commercial Port of Vladivostok
12:41 JSE, “K”Line, MOL and NYK partner to establish global liquefied hydrogen supply chain
12:21 MarineMax to expand superyacht services in Greece
11:40 Light Structures teams up with DNV to deliver structural integrity and digital twin services
11:27 2nd Ship Repair, Modernization and Components Conference opened in Saint-Petersburg
11:10 Wind-propulsion installations poised to surpass 50 mark in early 2024
11:01 Aktau Sea Commercial Port (Kazakhstan) obtains status of internationally important port
10:45 Bay-Houston Towing announces purchase of Port Arthur and Lake Charles operations from Seabulk
10:23 MAN Energy Solutions has filed 37 ammonia tech patent applications
09:58 “K” Line announces acquisition of third-party certification for CO2 reduction using marine biofuels and completion of a certificate issuance system
09:42 Mechel reports restructuring 320-million-dollar loan
09:19 RF Navy's Northern Fleet trains countering maritime unmanned vehicles

2023 September 25

18:07 Meyer Werft starts construction of the new cruise ship for NYK Cruises
17:35 Port of Vancouver cargo volumes increase by 11% in H1 2023
17:24 Number of ships servicing FESCO’s direct line between Saint-Petersburg and ports of China and India to double by year end
17:13 MOL, PETRONAS and MISC set the stage for the development of liquefied CO2 carriers
16:18 Throughput of Turkish ports in 8M’23 totaled 349.3 million tonnes, down 4.3% YoY
15:31 Ecospray's two Carbon Capture technologies successfully tested onboard
15:01 ADNOC and TAQA reach financial close on sustainable water supply project
14:53 Samara based Nefteflot to build three multipurpose dry cargo ships of RSD34L design
14:35 ITOCHU executes MoU for ammonia bunkering safety for ammonia-fueled container carrier
14:12 Alfa Laval joins a project to develop and produce the world's first 10 MW green hydrogen production facility offshore in the North Sea
13:48 Babcock’s LGE business wins world first contract for ecoCO2 cargo handling system
13:20 Oboronlogistics and Chinese manufacturers of spare parts and equipment reached preliminary agreements on direct supplies
12:14 All 120 workers rescued after Nile cruise ship accident in Egypt
11:42 China's shipbuilding output up 16.9 percent to 27.98 dwt in the first eight months of this year
11:24 COSL enters into the rigs purchase and sale contracts
11:13 Astrakhan based shipyard of USC launches chemical tanker Azimuth-1
10:58 Port of Rotterdam and Yokogawa start study to increase energy and resource efficiency across industries
10:27 COSCO SHIPPING launches the automotive industry digital supply chain platform
09:42 Port of Liepaja throughput in 8M’2023 fell by 9% Y-o-Y to 4.57 million tonnes
09:18 Total throughput of China’s sea and river ports in 8M’2023 rose by 8.4% YoY