Globe Tracker has partnered with the largest network operator at sea, Wireless Maritime Services (WMS) to bring real-time reefer monitoring to Seaboard Marine via a multi-year, multi-ship agreement.
This has made Seaboard Marine the world’s first container ocean line to implement a truly portable, fully 24/7 monitored, 4G LTE based private cellular and integrated satellite communication network for containers on vessels.
Additionally the shipping line, which is the largest marine cargo shipping line in Central, South America and the Caribbean, is the first to implement full Internet of Things (IoT) visibility across their fleet of intermodal assets on a single integrated easy-to-use platform.
Piero Buitano, vice president of Seaboard Marine, said: “By IoT equipping our Controlled Atmosphere (CA) reefer fleet and other critical assets, we are well positioned to provide more responsive cold chain services for our trade lanes, which facilitates complex processes such as USDA cold treatment.”
The vessel system provides real-time alerts to crew technicians so that problems can be quickly detected and corrected, if necessary, with the aim to increase temperature compliance.
Pramod Arora, WMS president and CEO, said: “[Seaboard Marine] have been a valuable partner in pushing us to innovate first-to-market solutions that we are now deploying in their fleet. We look forward to continuing to partner with Seaboard Marine for future innocations.”
The project has grouped Seaboard Marine with other ocean lines which are implementing IoT technology as part of the digital transformation of the maritime and shipping container industry.
Speaking about the partnership with WMS, Globe Tracker’s vice president of marketing and sales Don Miller said: “WMS offers the most advanced and reliable maritime wireless solution in the market allowing our team to deploy the first 4G LTE vessel network, allowing deeper signal penetration in cargo hold over competing solutions and resulting in superior network communications reliability.”