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Orange Business Services will help Dobroflot Group to save on fuel using IoT

Moscow, 22 May 2018

Orange Business Services will help Dobroflot Group to save on fuel using IoT

  • The new IoT solution enables to monitor fuel consumption and engine performance in real time.
  • The planned fuel economy will make up about 10%.
  • This became possible due to the managed connection of vessels to broadband satellite communications provided by Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, an international service provider, announces an agreement with Dobroflot Group, the largest producer of canned fish in Russia. According to the agreement, Orange will equip the vessels of Dobroflot Group with IoT solution for controlling fuel consumption and engine operation. This will enable the crew to precisely control the mass of fuel in an online mode, preventing commercial losses due to errors in its measurement during bunkering, to eliminate misuse of fuel, and optimize its consumption depending on the weather conditions and the position of the vessel. The planned fuel economy will make up about 10%.
Deployment of the solution became possible due to the managed connection of 18 vessels of Dobroflot to broadband satellite communications provided by Orange. The pilot implementation will be onboard a refrigerated transport vessel "Progress". The planned savings in fuel approximately estimated in 1.95 million rubles per month of navigation. After successful approbation the solution will be installed on 8 more vessels of the customer, including the world's largest floating base "Vsevolod Sibirtsev". At the same time, all the equipment, necessary commissioning and maintenance work will be carried out within the framework of a single contract with a fixed monthly payment.

The solution was developed in the recently opened Russian competence center in the field of navigation of Orange in cooperation with partners from "Technodar", a Russian expert in fuel consumption monitoring systems and satellite transport monitoring. The team of the center consists of 25 specialists from various territorial divisions from Moscow to Vladivostok. Its main tasks include operational customization of solutions at the request of the client. So, in the current project, they use Coriolis flow meters, the most technologically advanced instruments of this class, which have the smallest measurement error compared to the more common ultrasonic and rotary models.

"Fuel costs make up about half of the vessel operation cost, so the solution of Orange Business Services will help us to significantly optimize them. The use of IoT technology is a part of the company's strategy to digitize its own fleet, and will allow us to monitor the operation of power plants and fuel consumption with high accuracy. This will increase the profitability and competitiveness of our business, and will also facilitate the subsequent introduction of other IoT solutions," said Evgeny Stepanov, technical director, Dobroflot Group of Companies.

“We started discussing innovative IoT solutions with Dobroflot after we successfully deployed VSAT satellite terminals across its fleet. We jointly came to the conclusion that Orange Business Services IoT solutions could provide Dobroflot with a suite of tools and applications that could reduce their operating costs, detect inefficiencies and predict when maintenance is needed – whether the vessel is at sea or onshore. This project again demonstrates Orange is a leader in building and managing global IoT solutions,” said Richard Van Wageningen, senior vice president, Indirect, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Orange Business Services.
According to the study followed by the University of Hofstra (USA), on average fuel costs account for 46% of the total cost of vessel ownership. According to Orange, the current capacity of the Russian enterprise-market solutions for controlling fuel consumption on vessels makes up more than 73 million euros, and there are about 1,700 vessels on the market with a displacement of more than 1,000 tons, where this solution can be applied.

"The development of Internet of things on the sea transport has an unrealized potential, caused by a number of factors, including the lack of access to broadband access. But the prerequisites which will radically change the maritime transport industry, have already formed. The key ones include increasing level of penetration of connections to broadband satellite communications, as well as digital navigation development programs, that will become mandatory in the maritime transport industry in the foreseeable future. In addition, an important role is played by the growth of costs in the shipping industry associated with the trend of using vessels with high capacity," notes Tatyana Tolmacheva, founder of iKS-Consulting.

About Dobroflot Corporate Group

Dobroflot Corporate Group is the Far East leader in the fishing industry and is Russia’s No1 manufacturer of canned fish. The company has 21 vessels in its fleet, including 12 fishing vessels, 3 fish processing plants and 6 transport refrigerator-vessels. The structure of the Group consists of Yuzhmorrybflot Public Company - the largest Far East coastal processing enterprise of full technological cycle, fishing collective farm “New World” (sea-fishing), Movement LLC (logistics company, providing full shipping and transloading cycle of fish in the ports), Livadia repair Shipyard LLC (shipbuilding and repair), which provide seamless workflow and full life cycle of fish product from harvesting and processing of raw fresh materials in the sea to the delivery of end product to each region of Russia.

About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the B2B branch of the Orange Group, and its 22,000 employees, is focused on supporting the digital transformation of multinational enterprises and French SMEs across five continents. Orange Business Services is not only an infrastructure operator, but also a technology integrator and a value-added service provider. It offers companies digital solutions that help foster collaboration within their teams (collaborative workspaces and mobile workspaces), better serve their customers (enriched customer relations and business innovation), and support their projects (enriched connectivity, flexible IT and cyberdefense). The integrated technologies that Orange Business Services offer range from Software Defined Networks (SDN/NFV), Big Data and IoT, to cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration, as well as cybersecurity. Orange Business Services customers include over 3,000 renowned multinational corporations at an international level and over two million professionals, companies and local communities in France.
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