A Mobile App for Your Daily Marine Work - Must Have or Nonsense?

by New member amluethje ‎07-27-2011 09:09 AM - edited ‎07-27-2011 09:39 AM

If you’re anything like me, you probably can’t imagine your life without a mobile device like Smart Phones or Tablets. Well, it’s not surprising, is it?

Our constant companions allow us to network with family, friends, and business contacts whenever and wherever we want – awesome!


Speaking of Smart Phones and Tablets, there is another world of technologies and functionalities designed to make our personal and business lives simpler. Perhaps you’ve already utilized the applications (or Apps) technology by checking the nearby restaurants, getting information on the public transportation schedules or reading the latest messages from your preferred newspapers? I certainly have.

To be honest, I was a bit sceptical first. Do apps really bring value to my life?

I came to the conclusion some of them do.

Gathering the right information I need for my daily tasks quickly and easily, getting in contact with my peers and structuring my work day better by using organizing tools – for sure, I am definitely benefiting from those apps.

But they have to be well structured and most important they need to have the right content.


Using all of these mobile applications make my life easier. I wonder if you – as a ship builder, ship owner/operator, engineer or captain – would benefit from a Caterpillar Marine Power Systems mobile application, too?

What do you think such an application should be able to do?

What information and what functions would you like the Caterpillar Marine application to provide to you? Would you be able to use it on board at all?

Or, do you think it would be just one of a thousand other useless applications?

by New member dhimaskirana
on ‎08-03-2011 11:50 PM

aI think it will be very helpfull for marine worker.It's a very good idea!!

I'm looking forward for it

by Trusted Contributor
‎08-04-2011 12:32 PM - edited ‎08-04-2011 12:41 PM

When I think of a mobile device, I think of WiFi, Bluetooth, or GSM connected device.  On board a vessel, with respect to engine data, their usefulness may depend on size of the vessel.  On small vessels, there is very little benefit.  The hardwired engine monitors and alarms can be quickly accessed.


On medium sized vessels there may be some usefulness to have such a device.  There may be remote locations such a tower that has limited engine monitors. 


On a large vessel where the Captain or Engineer may be several decks or feet away from hardwired engine monitors, a mobile device with engine monitoring app may be extremely useful.


Access to on board data is the most useful when the mobile device is used off board of the vessel.  Monitoring tank levels, fuel levels and battery status along with other vessel system alarms would be very useful on any type of vessel to owner/operators. 


Engine data on a mobile app may be useful to fleet owners/operators that need to know how the vessels are being operated.  For a single owner/operator vessel, engine only mobile app would not be very useful.

by New member amluethje
on ‎09-02-2011 07:07 AM


Thank you very much for your comment!

What App tools specifically would you find the most helpful for your day as a marine worker?



Great thoughts on this topic! Thank you very much.

In addition to the mentioned monitoring ability, what kind of information or functions do you think such an application should have, too?

Are you alraedy using your mobile device for your daily work?

If so, what do you like the most and the least about it?

by New member mwoodall
on ‎03-05-2012 01:28 PM

I do not believe that a monitoring app would serve much need. For the most when I, as a watchkeeping engineer, need access to monitoring info (e.g exhaust temps, oil pressures, load levels, etc) I am never very far from the hard wired monitoring stations.


I would think an app with access to engine manuals and FAQ's or this discussion forum would be very relevant. Filtered to only the engine type relevant for me. It would be very clever if I could make a serch on-site for e.g "tacho pick-up problems" and see if any other users had had experience with the same problem, and what they did. But alas most deep sea vessels do not have WiFi strong enough to cover the engine spaces (if they have any at all), and a mobile device needs connectivity or a large storage capacity and sync'ing to be of any real use.



by Contributor Stephan
on ‎03-09-2012 06:51 AM





I would like a Wireless monitoring system, an App like the Cat IT tool for Iphone or Ipad, with a remote adapter on the plug in on the Cat Engine also the possibility to get the operating license from Caterpillar.


by New member ggovind
on ‎03-22-2012 07:23 PM

My expectation on the smartphone applications would be for

1) quick glance on the status of the systems of my interests at my will

2) Alert application that is not another alert SMS kind off. this should connect me with the right resources also.

3) A activity progress status indicator. have you seen Domino's app that shows the status of your orders

4) A data collecting tool (digital pictures, barcode reader, address resoultion, etc.)

5) A part identifier. like an image search tool


more I can think of..but...

About the Author
  • I joined Caterpillar in 2001 in the Extended Service Coverage (extended warranty) department of Cat Insurance (division of Cat Financial). I have always loved the water, ships, boats and the challenges of this industry and moved to Caterpillar Marine Power Systems (CMPS) in 2007. I was fortunate to be able to work at CMPS Headquarters in Hamburg, Germany for 2 years and now reside at our Marine Center of Excellence in South Carolina, USA. As the Marine Parts Manager for Cat Marine Parts I am able to work cross functionally with our regional product support teams, our extensive dealer network, customers and bring this knowledge and customer expectations to Caterpillar's incredible resources to design new and innovative product support solutions to meet our customer expectations. This gives me great pride and enjoyment to meet and exceed your expectations and promote the Cat Marine Brand.
  • In 2005, I started my career at Caterpillar as an intern in Kiel, after that I worked as a student and then a temporary employee. I finally became a permanent employee in 2008, working at the Marine World headquarters in Hamburg. Through all these years I was supporting and leading Marketing projects from various areas, including Electronic Sales Tools, Shows, Novelties etc. By May 01, 2011 my job role changed to the current one. In this position I am leading several Electronic Marketing projects such as all Marine and Oil & Gas Social Media activities.
  • After around 10 years of good time in mineral & metal industry, the destiny has guided me through BMW, ThyssenKrupp to the Caterpillar station. At the moment I'm serving as a Six Sigma Strategy Black Belt in Caterpillar Marine Power System.
  • I joined the Caterpillar Team 2007 and worked in several positions most likely in Product Support. 2008 I passed the 6 Sigma Black Belt Training and has leaded various sales and process related projects. After the certification as a 6 Sigma Black Belt I joined the CMPS Product Support Team as a Global Marketing Representative.
  • A maritime academy graduate and a 17 year employee of Caterpillar with 25 years of marine experience, currently managing the Caterpillar Marine Power System Product Support Division representing all product health, product support, parts sales and distribution development activities for Cat and MaK brand marine engines.
  • Originally from Spain, I moved to Hamburg, Germany, in 2010 to write my Master’s Thesis in Industrial Engineering. Upon its completion, I had the opportunity to join Caterpillar Marine Power Systems as an intern at their headquarters. During this period, I supported, in various capacities, sales into the Cargo and European Inland Waterways markets, as well as Offshore Wind opportunities. I am currently working as a Junior Territory Sales Manager in the Europe, Africa, Middle East and CIS Sales Team.
  • Born in Brazil, Luiz joined the Caterpillar engine team in 1998 and has worked in different positions covering marine service, product application and sales. Currently he is a Black Belt under the Caterpillar Marine group.
  • A veteran of 12.5 years Naval service, in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. 3.5 years as a Marine Application and Installation Engineer at a CAT dealership. I have been working for Caterpillar Marine Power Systems since 2008. My time at Caterpillar has been spent helping to develop global emissions solutions for 3500 marine engines.
  • I am the Asia Pacific contact for marine parts marketing. With marine customers being the most mobile group, with operations spanning the entire globe, there are always new challenges and learning opportunties to engage in. Life in marine is never boring!
  • I have been involved in sales and marketing of Caterpillar marine products for almost 45 years including 10 years in the U.K. where I worked on North Sea oil and gas projects. For the past 35 years I have various roles within the marine business of Toromont Cat where I have assembled a portfolio of Caterpillar and MaK powered new construction and repower projects including ferries, Great Lakes bulk-carriers and self-unloaders, Coast Guard vessels and pleasure craft. I admit that my knowledge has come from a hands-on approach to engine sales by wearing coveralls and a hard hat rather than a business suit. I am based in Toronto and am an active member of the C.I.Mar. E. Great Lakes Branch and participate in SNAME Great Lakes/Great Rivers meetings in the U.S.
  • I ensure that our Cat global dealer network has the tools required to support our Propulsion Solutions products including our Cat Three60 Precision Control.
  • I have been at Caterpillar for nearly 31 years. All this time has been related to Diesel engines, with the first 23 years in Fuel Systems, the next 3 in the Engine Center, and the last 4 here in Hamburg, Germany, as the Worldwide Demand Manager for Marine and Petroleum MaK engines. In this role, I touch many areas, from concept to delivery, from shipyard to factory. I work with Dealers, Sales Managers, Customers, Accountants, and Order Processors, all the way to the factory floor. Those who know me know that I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • I am a Mechanical Engineer with 17 years of experience with Caterpillar Engine Products, currently working at Caterpillar Marine Power Systems Headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. I am responsible for product support and Dealer development, and support dealers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East.
  • I am a 33 year employee of Caterpillar and have focused on engines my entire career. For the last 18 years I have worked in the Marine group in various capacities. Since 2004 I have been the Global Marketing Manager for the Pleasure Craft segment, managing all trade shows, advertising, events, and NPI (New Product Introduction) launches.

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