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Brazil’s Wilson Sons in digital upgrade of its tugboat fleet

Brazil-based Wilson Sons’ innovation laboratory Tuglab, in partnership with the IT Management of the company’s towage division, has developed a Closed-Circuit TV (CCTV) and Network Cabling project for its fleet.

Local internet network and 480 cameras will be installed in all the tugboat fleet with almost half of the fleet having received and installed the equipment.

The other half of the vessels will receive the new system this year, in a schedule to be prepared, considering all protective measures implemented by the company to deal with Covid-19.

The implementation of the camera system brings even more security to the fleet by allowing real-time visualisation of operations and manoeuvres, including by customers. It also makes possible to store and retrieve images, over a period of 30 days, for accident and incident investigation analyses, and tug and crew performance studies.

In addition to the internal image system, the tugboats have Wi-Fi spots on the bridge, galley and engine room. The Internet allows the crew to connect to Wilson Sons systems by cell phone or tablet and even hold meetings by videoconference with shore-based teams.  

“From the tugboats cabling it is possible to migrate several on-board processes to the digital environment, increasing information reliability and facilitating data traceability,” explained process coordinator Simone Prado.  

Another technological facility implemented by the Towage division of Wilson Sons was the integration of several systems from a new online platform, which were not accessible on-board vessels until now.  Among the benefits, there is the registration of manoeuvres on the platform, in real time, by cell phone or tablet. 

 Created at the end of 2017, Tuglab has about 10 professionals from different areas, such as IT, engineering (maintenance, operations, HSE), Human Resources and administration. Many projects are in progress, such as the use of artificial intelligence, QR code, and other solutions to streamline and increase the security of operations.  

“The lab is one of the company’s most innovative initiatives. Today the speed of technological change is much higher than 20 years ago. We need to be prepared for this new scenario in the naval sector,” said Juliano Maia, IT manager of the Towage division. “Our goal is to make our processes more agile, allowing all resources and information to be on board at the right time, making them more efficient”.

 Wilson Sons is the largest integrated port and maritime logistics operator in the Brazilian market providing a full range of services to companies operating in the oil and gas industry, international trade and the domestic economy.

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