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Monday, June 29, 2020 

Tromsų-based maritime digital platform provider, Dualog, says that it has partnered with China Navigation Company (CNCo) in the testing phase of its Dualog Drive application.

With the completion of testing, CNCo has implemented Dualog Drive, which is a maritime-optimised file and folder replication service, designed to simplify the collection and distribution of large data volumes between ship and shore.

CNCo is the oldest operating entity and deep shipping arm of the Swire group, owning and managing a sizeable deep-sea fleet of multi-purpose, container and bulk vessels, with an extensive global network of shipping businesses. In 2011 it rolled out Dualog's email solution across its fleet, and as digital operations have expanded, so has its relationship with Dualog, culminating in this latest decision.

Dualog Drive answers the core challenge of how to integrate ships with the shore-based elements of an organisation. Land-based enterprises have turned to cloud solutions to enable secure, company-wide data collection and distribution, but for those whose 'offices' are away at sea, connected via costly satellites with limits to their bandwidth, that is not a straightforward solution. Furthermore, these vessel-based offices will be operating with a mix of systems, IoT devices and users that need to access or share data with head office regularly.

Currently, most shipping companies use email-based systems for data and file sharing, but this becomes a problem with big file sizes, which need to wait until the next port call.

Dualog Drive ensures optimised transfers between sea and shore at the time and place they are needed, even in low-bandwidth situations,

Gerry Bonner, GM Fleet Services CNCo, said: "Dualog Drive has proved to be an efficient means to share information from shore to ship and vice versa for CNCo. Safety documentation was our starting point, and we now use Dualog Drive to distribute and maintain a repository of SMS documents pertaining to all ships in our fleet. As we investigated the options, other potential uses became apparent. We have used the system for IT software distribution, collection of Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) data for urgent investigations, and to share updates of vessel drawings after revisions. We also want to use Drive to ensure that major Equipment Safety Updates and Technical Circulars, as well as Certificates, are updated across our fleet accordingly. We have also used the system to distribute company circulars and safety notices, and we are considering several other situations where we can provide additional benefit to our Ships Staff by using the Dualog Drive Application."

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