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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 

GTMaritime has launched a new cloud-based tool, GTReplicate, to automate a key part of the data transfer process between ship and shore, relieving seafarers and shore teams of a growing manual file replication burden.

GTReplicate is a cyber-secure solution that automates synchronisation of files and data relating to vessel operation with minimal intervention. As the quantity of data shared between vessels and shore-side teams increases, personnel on board and on shore have to spend long periods uploading, downloading and managing file transfers manually. As well as being tedious, these repetitive tasks can increase error risks, with the potential for serious financial consequences if the data lost or overwritten is needed to verify compliance.

Running on GTMaritime’s FastNet data transfer platform, GTReplicate provides a configurable automated alternative that reduces the administrative burden on fleet IT managers and frees up crew to use time more constructively. GTReplicate is performance optimised for use in a marine environment, so it operates across a variety of connectivity platforms, including 3G, 4G, L-band and VSAT, maximising throughput in each case. To further conserve bandwidth, GTReplicate monitors files intelligently, only sending on those that have changed since the last replication.

There are no artificially imposed limits on the type or size of file GTReplicate can handle. It enables automated bi-directional transfer of selected files, folders, or entire folder structures with multiple mechanisms for maintaining data integrity. Shore-side email can be used as both replication source and target.

GTReplicate provides a central cloud-based dashboard, without crew involvement. Advanced options include ship-specific task creation as well as pre- and post-transfer processing. It comes complete with a suite of notification, journaling and reporting functions as standard, ranging from basic timestamping to granular detail on execution status and files moved. Likewise, it features robust and flexible archiving functionalities.

Mike McNally, Global Commercial Director, GTMaritime said: “Ship owners are now embracing digitalisation as a low-overhead route to improved operational efficiency, but the growing information flow poses challenges for manual processes in ship-to-shore data transfer. GTMaritime created GTReplicate to provide a scalable, secure and highly configurable solution for automating file transfers and averting a data logjam.”

FastNet is a multi-stream platform employing a variety of bandwidth management techniques, it optimises, secures and then transfers data packets according to business needs. It will form the core of all GTMaritime products going forward and can be made available to its customers for bespoke digitalisation projects.

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