Digital Transformation at Møkster Shipping with Support from UniSea

Kurt Roar Vilhelmsen
CEO, UniSea
April 16, 2024

In the world of maritime operations, teamwork, and technological progress are essential for success. The long-standing partnership between UniSea and Simon Møkster Shipping (SMS) has just hit a new milestone with an innovative IT as a Service (ITaaS) agreement. This collaboration marks a significant step towards integrating technology deeply into maritime activities, offering improved efficiency, connectivity, and crew well-being.

UniSea and SMS, in their years of close collaboration, have not only tackled the challenges of the maritime industry but also reaped mutual benefits. SMS, known for its innovative mindset, has consistently pushed boundaries, while UniSea has been a reliable source of support and expertise in maritime software solutions. This partnership is a testament to the power of collaboration and the shared value it brings.

The recent signing of the ITaaS agreement between UniSea and SMS marks a significant milestone in the partnership, highlighting Unisea’s dedication to advancing maritime technology. The agreement introduces Unisea’s innovative IT solutions to SMS vessels, transforming maritime operations. With this partnership, SMS vessels will gain access to cutting-edge technology, including fast internet connectivity via Starlink, boosting their competitiveness in the industry.

Internet speed test result showing download and upload speeds.
Impressive speed test performed on Stril Orion while operating in the North sea.(Speed test by Ookla)

“For many years, Simon Møkster Shipping has maintained a close and fruitful collaboration with UniSea, leading to significant advancements in hardware technology, communication solutions, and ICT services. This collaboration has unquestionably positioned the shipping company at the forefront of ICT technology. Moreover, it has elevated communication and teamwork between the office and vessels to a new level. Additionally, it is important for us that the crew can communicate with their families, bridging the distance from home." - Terje Gjerde, ICT Manager / CIO at Simon Møkster Shipping AS

SMS’s commitment to innovation is evident in its provision of fast internet on all vessels, powered by Starlink technology. This high-speed internet not only enhances business operations but also significantly improves the quality of life for crew members onboard. With seamless connectivity, crew members can stay connected with their loved ones and access essential online services, contributing to their overall well-being and morale during long voyages.

Being able to call home at any time helps to bridge the gap between work and personal life. – John L. Hvidsten, Stril Mar

A diagram showing the communication flow of UniSea's solution.

Implementing solutions to enhance communication significantly boosts functionality, particularly in enabling robust voice and video communication capabilities across multiple platforms and devices, including PCs, smartphones, tablets, and more.

A server rack from onboard a vessel.
Server Rack onboard Strilmøy.

Through the ITaaS agreement, Unisea and SMS are poised to drive further technological advancements and operational efficiency in the maritime industry. By embracing innovation and fostering strong partnerships with visionary companies like Simon Møkster, UniSea is not only staying ahead but also setting new standards for excellence in the technology sector of maritime operations.

The collaboration between UniSea and Simon Møkster Shipping exemplifies how teamwork and innovation can drive positive change in the maritime industry. With the ITaaS agreement in place, SMS is ready to utilize cut-ting-edge technology to enhance operations and sup-port the well-being of its crew members. As the maritime industry evolves, partnerships like this will continue to shape the future of maritime innovation.

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