Navarino this week announced the launch of its Quazar service – a new concept for delivering, maintaining and supporting the ICT infrastructure onboard ships.
Using an ‘IT-as-a-service’ concept, Quazar removes the need CAPEX for hardware or software acquisition, replacing it with hardware leasing, software licensing, and support fees that are all included in one monthly fee. Quazar also allows for the implementation of advanced security policies that safeguard all digital infrastructure and devices; making systems more robust against cyber attacks while complying with regulations. In addition, a personal Navarino IT manager assigned per fleet offers an expert, personalised understanding of a vessel’s IT infrastructure, and implements any service or support request that the ship operator requires.
By removing the need for shipping companies to source and maintain equipment and software, to support their vessels on a daily basis and to invest in resources to comply with regulations, Quazar brings significant cost efficiencies. How? By delivering all these requirements for a single monthly fee under Quazar’s hyper-efficient OPEX model – providing ship operators not only with huge cost savings, but the peace of mind that results from an easy-to-budget-for, outsourced ICT environment for their vessels.
To provide Quazar, Navarino has partnered with the world’s biggest technology providers including Microsoft, Dell, ConnectWise, Canon, and more. Thanks to Navarino’s economies of scale, the company is able to offer these technology providers’ solutions to ship operators at much lower cost than if the ship operator were to purchase them alone.
Navarino CEO Dimitris Tsikopoulos said: “In an increasingly digitised maritime environment, shipping companies are working hard to comply with new regulations, optimize operations in order to remain competitive, reduce costs, and create efficiencies on new levels. Moreover, with a vastly increased number of solutions, technological developments, regulations and requirements, IT managers face a heavy burden ensuring that their shipping companies can keep pace with digitalisation, often with limited resources to do so.
“Our Quazar service is designed to lighten this load on IT managers and help ship operators enjoy the benefits of digitalisation without worrying about the time involved in rolling out and supporting advanced ICT projects on their fleets. Furthermore, Quazar offers all this to our customers at a much lower cost than can be found anywhere else on the market – so by combining cost optimization with a fully supported, advanced ICT network for maritime, I believe that Quazar is a very appealing proposition for ship operators.”