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Monday, October 7, 2019 

Western Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched a new addition to its Marinelink on-board vessel monitoring, alarm and control system product range, to be known as Marinelink-Fleet.

Building upon Austal’s original, proprietary Marinelink system – and the recent Marinelink-Smart application – Marinelink-Fleet offers ferry operators a live, integrated view of a fleet’s operating environment, schedule, comfort and fuel performance.

Austal Technology Development Manager Max van Someren said: “Marinelink-Fleet is available to any ferry operator and is suitable for use on any type of ship, from any builder. Marinelink-Fleet literally puts you at the centre of your ferry operations – with enhanced visibility of your ships’ location, schedule and current local weather in one easy-to-use web-based interface. Marinelink-Fleet helps you identify operational issues in real-time and act before they impact your fleet's schedule and costs.”

Austal has fitted Marinelink to over 160 high speed ferries since 1996 and is now fitting Marinelink-Smart, an intelligent ‘smart ship’ platform that provides real-time monitoring and analysis of fuel, trim and other operating systems to on-board crew and on shore engineers on all new Austal builds. Marinelink-Fleet further extends the insight available to operators by delivering real time and historical information on vessel route(s), live fleet locations, schedule performance and ETAs, speed profile and live weather conditions.

Another enhancement to the range, Marinelink-Sense, tracks and reports passenger comfort, based on vessel motion and stability in various sea states, throughout every journey.

Austal has been working closely with a number of ferry operators including Fred Olsen SA to develop the Marinelink-Smart, Fleet and Sense products with the aim of enhancing their operations with valuable data that enables informed decision making, in real time.

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