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Seatrade selects C sence to monitor vessels

Specialized refrigerated carrier Seatrade has selected Dutch start-up company C sence to monitor its six new reefer dedicated container vessels.

Based in the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, C sence has developed a web-based platform to monitor and analyze reefer containers. The system integrates with third-party monitoring devices and booking applications.

On the vessels, Seatrade decided to roll out Refcon6 by Emerson Climate Technologies and transmit the data by VSAT satellites. Because of this combination, there is no need for the crew on board to monitor reefer containers manually.

Instead, smart software and the operations center of C sence will monitor and analyze all data 24/7. Data is monitored against specific parameters from integrated booking systems, manifests and loading lists.

C sence enables Seatrade to improve workflow. In the past, the crew noticed an issue, and in complex cases assistance was needed by reefer specialists ashore. Now C sence will evaluate the issue and send instructions to a vessel instantly. This means the crew has more time to focus on other tasks, and the risk of cargo damage will further decrease.

In Q4 2017, C sence plans a large upgrade. According to a company statement: “The current platform acts when an issue has already occurred. After the upgrade, the platform is able to analyze data and predict whether a reefer will need extra attention. Besides, at the end of the reefer trip algorithms will determine if an inspection is needed. This will result in an even more optimized operation and further cost reductions.”

Seatrade is also planning to outfit six other reefer dedicated container vessels with smart technology.

Gerben van Zwieten, global manager–container logistics for Seatrade, said, “We believe in this technology, and this is just a start. We need to keep investing in innovation to stay a premium reefer carrier.”

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