07 Dec 2022
Saudi Maritime Congress was an excellent opportunity to witness the latest trends in the digitalisation of the maritime sector, especially in the Middle East. Nabil Ben Soussia, CEO – Asia, Middle East & CIS, IEC Telecom Group addressed the soaring demand for digital solutions, business continuity, and crew welfare with Robban Assafina. Accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtualisation of services has enabled immediate value-added benefits for maritime companies with the diversification of supply channels and an optimised logistics cycle. The maritime industry in the Middle East is on the rise, with KSA leading the way by heavily investing in the modernisation of its port infrastructure and potential new mega-projects. Optimised operations, enhanced navigation, and improved logistics lead to decreased fuel consumption and decarbonisation. In this context, satcom providers act as enablers because any operations related to decarbonisation will have a mandatory digital component. IEC Telecom’s bespoke OneGate network management system was designed as a scalable and future-ready solution from the very start. Such solutions empower vessel owners with new onboard operational opportunities. Read more about how market competition will be centred on value-added services and smart applications in the article below. Complete text available in English.