V.Group has launched Fleet Cell of the Future, a prototype for the future of technical management and marine support services.
The purpose of Fleet Cell of the Future is to enable the technical management team to measure operational, financial, and customer KPIs for the Fleet Cell and measure the effectiveness of new approaches and technology.
Acting as a test bed for innovations, Fleet Cell of the Future aims to move away from a single-user focus to full-team problem-solving. It improves the operational KPIs for procurement, certification, defect reporting, and application of best working practices within an existing Fleet Cell of 17 vessels.
According to V.Group, every aspect of the project has been designed to ensure quicker communication and recall of data between the Fleet Cell and the crew, as well as within the Fleet Cell itself.
Jon Key, director of strategy, innovation and transformation at V.Group said that digitalisation is not necessarily about “giving everyone an iPad, putting a giant screen on a wall to make a room look like a NASA control room, or creating an app and saying job done. We’re looking at how people talk to each other, work together, and solve problems for our customers as a team. Little things, like stand-up meetings every day and giving everyone in the cell the permission – and responsibility – to solve problems, can have far more impact than a new piece of tech.”
Mr Key says that changing workflows and empowering people are just as important when it comes to making a difference to the results that are delivered to clients. “There’s no end point to this – we’re embarking on an iterative process that will continually ensure that we’re adopting innovations in our Fleet Cell in a way that is creating value. This strategy also means that we maximise the value of any new technology we adopt – we don’t adopt new tech for its own sake, but only once it’s proven that it’s effective.”
A V.Group customer added: “We’re very excited to be involved with the Fleet Cell of the Future. This project clearly shows V.Group’s focus on innovation and we’re sure this investment will be very beneficial for V.Group and its customers. The integrated systems, getting real-time data, will be invaluable in streamlining communications, saving time, and reducing paperwork.”