Demand for Vessel Control Systems Sees an Upsurge as Ship Efficiency, and Safety Capture the Spotlight
With a greater number of shipping companies zooming in their focus on the safety quotient, and operational efficiency, demand for marine & vessel control systems will remain on an upward trend. Marine & vessel control system has been among some of the sought-after maritime systems that collectively contribute toward seamless ship operations to ensure that the shipping industry runs on the right track. In addition to warranting safety, and security of ships, vessel control systems serve to offer critical data that forms the base for pinpointing ship positioning, efficient ship tracking, vessel monitoring, shipping traffic management at the sea, and environmental and weather data communication. These offerings will remain the key factors responsible for proliferating adoption of marine & vessel control systems.
Growing need for accurately, and efficiently monitoring, and regulation of multiple ship parameters such as fuel consumption, engine temperature, combustion temperature, engine safety, and generator load and voltage is expected to generate a steady revenue stream in the marine & vessel control system market. The industry’s accelerating journey toward reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is likely to be another important factor driving sales of vessel control systems in maritime business operators. While the system also allows to reap the benefit of better performance, and vessel operational transparency at curtailed operational costs, an increasing number of companies are considering adoption, thereby pushing the growth of market.
Adoption of SCADA Picks up as a Reliable Vessel Control Solution
Widely employed in its key application areas like wastewater collection systems, potable water delivery systems, pipelines, and petrochemical industry, SCADA adoption for marine vessel control has been prevailing at a robust rate over the recent past. With a rapid surge in adoption of Industry 4.0 solutions, and increasing use of next-generation technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud, and predictive maintenance across maritime world, the demand for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) has taken off. Automation of ship, and vessel operations enable efficient, and reliable monitoring, and regulation of an entire range of onboard processes on a continuous basis. This further helps with optimisation of several complex operating vessel processes.
While automated control allows for elimination of potential technical faults, it provides operators with a sound basis to arrive at decisions under all circumstances. Adoption of SCADA systems for marine vessel control, and monitoring enables local, as well as remote regulation of vessel systems. Features of SCADA systems such as engine and tank level management, vessel fuel bunkering management, warning alert, and ship alarm status will remain the key boosters to its adoption for gathering real-time ship and vessel data for monitoring, and control. SCADA, with an excellent issue identification capability, plays a pivotal role in supporting operations with maintaining greater operational efficiency, enhanced productivity, improved quality, and higher profitability.
Advent of WSN Points to New Opportunities in Marine & Vessel Control System SCADA
Growing ubiquity of sensors deployed in a wireless sensor network (WSN) has been delivering a host of advantages to oil and gas plants against that of the conventional wired technology. This is anticipated to present a highly remunerative window of opportunity for SCADA as the potential usage of WSN in SCADA would allow for real-time monitoring of data, and process control. A lot of R&D has been afoot around the cost-efficient adoption of WSN in SCADA for a better outcome. This is being considered a solid potential growth area for the marine & vessel control system SCADA market.
However, the vulnerability to cyberattacks is huge, which remains among the most critical concerns facing industry. Massive oil spills, disruption of critical infrastructure, unaffordable downtime during peak hours, and potential radiation leakage are only a few of the adversities encountered post-cyberattacks. Although there is always a risk of loss of confidentiality due to exposure, and revelation of data through a common platform, SCADA users typically place real-time information availability, and access before anything else. To maintain the confidentiality of gathered information, ports, and shipping companies thus ought to keep national cybersecurity centres at the heart of their business. This would also aid in maintaining safety, and security of supply chain networks.
Market in Asia Pacific Surges Ahead of the US, and European Ports
North American market for marine & vessel control system SCADA expects a stable growth trail, with prominent investments going in R&D of cost-efficient vessel control systems. Europe’s accelerating port modernisation is likely to maintain its position as a key market in global marine & vessel control system SCADA. With sea trade activities, specifically those through the Mediterranean Sea picking up pace, the market is expected to witness a bright future in Europe. Expansion of trade through the Sea of Marmara is also one of the key factors propelling market growth in Europe.
When it comes to reviewing the seaborne trade scenario across Asia Pacific that majorly generates demand for marine vessel control systems, the dominance of northeast Asia is clearly visible with spearheading countries like China, and Japan. While India is also witnessing a remarkable rise in seaborne trade activities recently among other south Asian economies, it is expected that the most of southeast Asian countries like Singapore will heavily contribute toward marine trade, thereby encouraging sales of vessel control systems in the near future. The container shipping business has been flourishing the most across Asian ports over the recent past, which is a strong indicator of ascending adoption of marine & vessel control system SCADA by operating companies.
Although the US has been the origin of containerisation, followed by European countries, their failure in keeping abreast with the brisk developments in container shipping has eventually forestalled their journey to the top in this case. Moreover, a number of procedural, and regulatory delays driven by certain environmental concerns also caused the European, as well as the US ports to lag behind. On the flipside, Asian ports that made it a point to keep up with container shipping updates, and ensured the most of port modernisation, and technology adoption, exhibited substantial progress on all fronts over the past decade. While the top Asian maritime nations have been proactively emphasizing massive port construction projects, and port development programmes, many governments across the region are also augmenting their funds into the establishment of newer terminal ports to support excellent container trade. A number of Asian ports currently prioritise accommodation of third- and fourth-generation container ships, as well as ultra-large container vessels, and provide top-notch terminal facilities. China, the global logistics hub, houses seven of the world’s top 10 container ports - the port of Shanghai being the largest. Asia Pacific is thus projected to remain the most lucrative regional market for marine & vessel control system SCADA through 2026.
Leading Market Players in Marine Vessel Control System SCADA
Some of the key companies driving competition in the global marine vessel control system SCADA market are General Electric, Wartsila SAM Electronics GmbH, Emerson Electric Co., Schneider Electric, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., Kongsberg Maritime, IHC, Nabtesco Corporation, AB Volvo, Sedni, Technical Marine Service, VTScada, Fleet Automation Services Pte Ltd., and Regulateurs Europa Ltd.
Recent Developments in Marine Vessel Control
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