X-CONNECT is a  digital platform for marine automation, control and monitoring. All functionality in the system is predefined and configurable. In addition, the new cooperation will also offer systems suitable for vessel upgrades.

Commenting on the collaboration, Tore Ulstein, deputy CEO in Ulstein Group, mentioned that:

If we manage to streamline more data between the different systems on board, we can optimise dynamic positioning and operations. This again will lead to reduced fuel consumption, reduced emission hence greener operations


Moreover, Stefan Kaul, President Industrial Operations & CEO in Schottel, noted that the Blue CTRL systems will enable  smarter and integrated controls for both newbuilding and existing vessels. They will also provide a system for the offering of hybrid and electric solutions.

The X-CONNECT platform includes various products, such as alarm and monitoring systems, Integrated Automation System (IAS), energy management, power management systems and the BLUE BOX.