Columbia Shipmanagement and Marlow Navigation have signed an agreement with software group Lufthansa Industry Solutions that they expect will “pave the way for a new era of blue-sky thinking in the maritime sector”.
Shipmanagement companies Marlow and Columbia are in the middle of a merger and have jointly agreed to work with Lufthansa Industry Solutions to develop advanced IT and programs for ship performance monitoring, fleet management and logistics planning.
Columbia and Marlow previously set up software company Blue Dynamics to deliver fleet management software. This entity will be working with Lufthansa Industry Solutions on new developments.
The joint venture will produce programs for:
- Predictive maintenance
- Remote sensing
- Logistics performance monitoring
- Crew planning
- Resource sharing
Lufthansa Industry Solutions, which is part of the Lufthansa Group, has successfully provided several innovative IT solutions to the commercial maritime and cruise sectors. It provides secure network and internet solutions and mobile IT platforms. Lufthansa Industry Solutions managing director Bernd Appel said IT solutions from the airline industry can be adopted for the maritime sector to improve safety, efficiencies and optimise operations.