VPRS. USING ON-LINE COMPUTER NETS AND SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS TO CONTROL SHIP OPERATING COSTS

With ships' capital and operating costs increasing, management must find new methods for their control. Two technologies offering interesting possibilities are today's on-line management computer systems and the associated network communication systems. The costs of these technologies have been dropping and their proper application to maritime management functions offers opportunities for more efficient and accurate budget projections and monitoring and follow-up cost-control systems. A system exploiting these advantages is the Vessel Performance Reporting System (VPRS) offered by Marine Management Systems Inc. The El Paso LNG carriers and a Mobil Oil tanker are already utilising VPRS. The system monitors the actual performance of the vessel at sea and sends the information ashore, where it is continuously analysed. This permits instant reports on abnormal operations, i.e. management by exception. Also supplied is information such as ship's position, ETA, cargo, and fuel status. A considerable advantage of VPRS is that the information handled is immediately and accurately transmitted from any part of the globe. The three major components of VPRS are: (a) A shipboard input and communicator unit--the Infolog, and its associated transmitter. (b) The Marisat satellite communication system operated by Comsat General Corporation. (c) The giant GE Mark III computer of the GE Timesharing Network, which is accessible to over 500 cities of the world via local telephone service. Details of the system are discussed at length . Order from BSRA as No. 52,696.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Intec Press Limited

    3 Station Parade
    Whyteleafe, Surrey,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

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  • Accession Number: 00314997
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Series III
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM