Eniram’s performance monitoring system SkyLight has recently been updated to a 2.0 version to add nautical maps, weather layers, and a new interface to the platform as well as to help operators comply with the monitoring and reporting regulations (MRV) that enter into effect in August of this year. The decision to implement the transmission of MRV regulations data was made based on customer feedback.
Launched around six months after SkyLight’s introduction, the 2.0 update is based on the same portable transponder and data service used with the existing SkyLight system. “The system has a life expectancy of six months because it needs regular updates. You wouldn’t want to use a seven year old smartphone, would you?” pointed out Jan Wilhelmsson, vice president of commercial shipping at Eniram, at the launch event in London. The product’s monthly subscription fee includes everything from the shipment of the transponder to the vessel, the data traffic, reporting, and the software interface.
The Finnish company wants to shift the product’s main focus away from supplying real time data to predictive analysis. For example, users can use a review feature allowing them to watch a timelapse video of a route made in the past or live-streamed. Operators can therefore track and challenge captain’s decisions on navigation or fuel consumption based on weather and sea state data.
The updated system also offers the ability to switch between updated nautical maps and Google Maps as a background within its software interface (termed ‘SkyLight’s fleet’) while accessing historical and real-time data for a single vessel or an entire fleet, while also allowing the vessel’s route to be visualised from economic, environmental, and safety perspectives. Nevertheless, Eniram doesn’t want Skylight to act as a cloud based ECDIS. “We don’t want to muddle with route planning and we think that navigation responsibility is still on the bridge,” said Wilhelmsson.