Maritime Ports Pushed to Up Cyber Security
Resilience planning, Info Sharing Take Spotlight“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” That old chestnut gets turned on its head when it comes to port cyber security. It’s more like “Oh what a tangled web we’ve woven, so much harder to stop data stolen.”Ports today have the physical aspect of security pretty well nailed shut - gates, locks, fencing, alarms, cameras, drones, etc. As Chris Mason, Rajant Corp.’s director of sales for EMEA, notes, “Every…
MarineCFO’s Martin Earns SubM Auditor Status
Laura Martin, VP of Sales & Client Relations at MarineCFO, has earned her certification as a SubChapterM and ISM Lead Auditor.“MarineCFO is committed to the inland and offshore maritime marketplace”, said Laura Martin. ”We feel it’s important to not only understand the needs of the vessel operators but also to put ourselves in the shoes of the safety inspectors and auditors who serve them so we can better understand how to provide products that contribute to the safety of our customers and prospective customers.”Through a week-long course led by Decatur Marine…
MarineCFO Unveils Cybersecurity Checklists
In a continuing effort to raise awareness and promote good cyber hygiene in the maritime industry, MarineCFO will release an actionable set of checklists to fleets running the Vessel 365 platform. The checklists are designed to engender cybersecurity into the psyche of mariners, DPAs, TPOs, inspectors, as well as shoreside personnel. They offer a concise but simple way for mariners to undergo cyber training, record those events, memorialize lessons learned, perform cyber drills and improve the physical and digital security of the vessel.
Hunter Marine Chooses MarineCFO Solutions
Hunter Marine's Operations Division has selected MarineCFO’s Vessel 365 fleet optimization technology, along with Endurance Personnel for managing time cards, scheduling and personnel reporting functions, and Endurance Maintenance, a complete maintenance solution from scheduling, outside services and capacity planning to quality control. Darrick Lee, Hunter Marine Purchasing Manager said the company will use MarineCFO's suite of products to achieve Subchapter M compliance and to help streamline existing business processes.
Weeks Marine Selects Vessel 365 for SubM Compliance
Weeks Marine has selected MarineCFO’s Vessel 365 product to achieve Subchapter M compliance for the 15 tugs in its Marine Services Division. Jan Andrusky, Towing General Manager for Weeks Marine, said, "We are very pleased with the Vessel 365 product. The functionality is exactly what Weeks Marine and the tug and barge industry needs to achieve Subchapter M compliance. Vessel 365 will help us meet regulatory requirements and is an ideal complement to our Towing Safety Management System.
Lloyd's Register: Maritime Grows in the Americas
As the global maritime market remains mired in a slump, Lloyd’s Register continues to expand rapidly in the Americas market where it sees green fields of opportunity. Mark Darley, President—Americas Marine for LR, recently sat with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News to explain the strategy to conduct business over a broader range of segments and services and grow LR’s presence in the Americas. Mark Darley, President—Americas Marine for Lloyd’s Register is an industry veteran with nearly two decades of maritime experience under his belt…
Marquette Reviews Crewing Processes
In an effort to further enhance the crewing/personnel module in MarineCFO Endurance, MarineCFO product managers spent two days at Marquette Transportation in Harahan, La. observing the crewing processes employed by Marquette staff. Currently, Marquette utilizes the complete MarineCFO Enterprise suite, with plans to implement a hybrid solution that combines features of MCFO Enterprise and MCFO Endurance to take full advantage of a more mobile workflow. Marquette crew manager Steven Estep said, “As crew managers here at Marquette, our daily duties typically include sifting through massive amounts of personnel data and scheduling. MarineCFO allows us to navigate quite efficiently. Having the MarineCFO team on-site with us allowed us to collaborate on current uses and plan future workflows.
Partnerships Drive SubChapter M Solutions
Management software: vendors, consultants, class strive to provide turnkey service. Unless you’ve been lost at sea for the last few years, you know about Subchapter M. You know the June publication of the U.S. Coast Guard’s regulations for ensuring minimum safety standards on tows and tugs, which will extend inspection requirements to the majority of these vessels for the first time, moved the long-awaited, and in some cases, dreaded program from the haze of eventually out into the cold light of day.
Lloyd’s Register, MarineCFO Partner to Provide Turnkey SubM Solutions
Industry Innovators Combine to lead US Towing Vessel Compliance. Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has formally announced to the United States Coast Guard its intention to assume Subchapter M Third Party Organization duties effective immediately. This message was followed by the signing of an exclusive Subchapter M joint marketing agreement between Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. and workboat technology provider MarineCFO, who will jointly bring comprehensive solutions for compliance with Subchapter M.
Founded in 1992, UA Business Solutions was a pioneer in the field of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and an early Microsoft Partner. The ERP evolution into the maritime industry found UA developing industry specific solutions for marine clients. These UA marine solutions became commercially available in 2007 under the UA proprietary brand, MarineCFO. UA Business Solutions, along with the MarineCFO brand, was purchased by VerticaLive in 2013. A reimaged MarineCFO emerged from this acquisition at the forefront of SubChapter M solutions…
Sub M 90 Program Underway
MarineCFO Offers Vessel365 & Homeport365. Industry technology services provider, MarineCFO, has announced the “Sub M 90” Program commencing February 25, 2016 and terminating June 22, 2016. According to Tug & Barge Solutions, a Sub M consultant and MarineCFO partner, the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) received the Final Rule version of Sub Chapter M from United States Coast Guard on February 12, 2016. The OMB has until June 22nd to review the Sub Chapter M Final Rule prior to publication in the Federal Register.
MarineCFO Management Team Expands
VerticaLive, the parent company of MarineCFO, has announced that long time trusted advisor, Jimmy Treuting, has accepted the position of CEO effective January 1, 2016. Jimmy has been a pioneer and entrepreneur in the technology industry for more than 25 years. His vision was instrumental in the successful retooling of MarineCFO into a profitable SaaS company following the acquisition of MarineCFO by VerticaLive in 2013. Jimmy has placed the highest priority on the MarineCFO product line…
MarineCFO Integrates Document Management System for Onboard Use
MarineCFO has announced the availability of its newly developed Marine Document Management System (MDMS), designed specifically as a tool to assist marine operators in organizing recordkeeping, assessment, & training verification requirements both ashore and afloat. “Implementing the MDMS has taken some heavy lifting on our part”, said Dean Shoultz, MarineCFO Chief Technology Officer, “but the environment of ever changing regulations, policies, and procedures in the marine industry made this application a must have for responsible marine operators.
SubM Debut Now Set for February 2016
The perennial “Year of Subchapter M” has been kicked forward again, this time to February 2016. That means that the clock is now ticking loudly for those towing operations that have yet to climb onboard the safety train. Quality operators see standardized safety practices as a way of leveling the playing field, integral to maintaining the health and profitability of their fleets, and key to winning business from quality customers. Subchapter M will be a phased-in over a period of years. It’s not as much time as you think.
OP/ED: e-logs & Saas to Transform Marine Recordkeeping
The USCG has poised e-logs and SaaS to transform U.S.-flagged shipboard recordkeeping. The United States Coast Guard frequently appears behind the times when it comes to rulemaking involving shipboard technological advances. Often, by the time the USCG has a Final Rule approved for publication in the Code of Federal Regulations, the technology which that Final Rule was expected to address has been superseded by a newer form of technology. Not so, however, with electronic recordkeeping (e-logbooks) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
MarineCFO Unveils Endurance Software
Capitalizing on its 2013 acquisition by software firm VerticaLive, MarineCFO has announced a Fall 2015 introduction of Endurance, a cloud version of the MarineCFO Enterprise Solution. “MarineCFO has proactively sought to bring efficiency, ease of use and affordability to the broader marine transportation market,” said Dean Shoultz, MarineCFO Chief Technology Officer. “We have simplified the shipboard user interface and improved upon existing MarineCFO Enterprise functionality. “SaaS creates an environment whereby a marine operator doesn’t worry about IT infrastructure, payroll for IT staff or updates to software. That’s all part of the cost savings and benefits of our Endurance product line,” explained Rocky Marchiano, MarineCFO Vice President of Business Development.
Tidewater Barge Lines Selects MarineCFO Enterprise
MarineCFO, a division of VerticaLive Inc., announced today that Tidewater Barge Lines has chosen to implement the full MarineCFO Enterprise software suite, including Personnel, Operations, Maintenance and Vessel Live! Tidewater is a provider of marine transportation and terminal services on the Columbia-Snake River system in the Pacific Northwest. Stan Smith, Manager of Information Technology & Quality for Tidewater, said, “After an exhaustive review of the enterprise software options available for our industry, we chose MarineCFO because it is the most configurable product on the market. The combination of existing functionality and technology framework for implementing Tidewater-specific enhancements made the product a great choice for us.
E.N. Bisso Selects MarineCFO Software
MarineCFO, a provider of software solutions to the marine transportation industry and a division of Verticalive Inc., announced that E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc., has chosen to implement the full MarineCFO Enterprise software suite, including personnel, pperations, maintenance, and vessel live. For over 100 years, E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc. has been a leading provider of harbor tug, offshore towing and heavy lift derrick services. The company provides ship assist and harbor service to ocean-going vessels calling on the Lower Mississippi River and in Gulfport…
(Sub) Chapter M Finally Surfaces
For inland operators, Compliance, Safety & Technology make for heavy river traffic as software providers descend on a rapidly approaching, potentially lucrative niche market. Is there a panacea for subchapter M? Pending USCG Subchapter “M” (SubM) regulations will eventually require towing operators to implement safety standards and use safety management systems, or alternatively, allow for an annual Coast Guard inspection regime. The new rules are expected to allow towing vessel organizations to customize their approach to meeting the requirements…
Fleet Management & Operations Software – and Communications, too …
Connectivity and Communications Complete the Package. The complex task of operating any marine enterprise isn’t getting any easier. Financial, regulatory, operational, environmental and human resource pressures all increase over time. In the brown water, workboat world, these problems are exacerbated by the sheer number of smaller operators struggling to catch up with business requirements that have become increasingly sophisticated, and over a very short period of time. Keeping track of the new subchapter “M” rules…
MarineCFO raises the bar for OMC
Offshore Marine Contractors to implement MarineCFO Enterprise Software. MarineCFO Inc., a provider of Marine Software including On-Vessel, Marine Operations, Personnel, Fleet Maintenance and Financial Management Software Solutions to the Marine Transportation Industry, announced today that Offshore Marine Contractors, Inc. has chosen to implement the full MarineCFO Enterprise software suite. Offshore Marine Contractors, Inc. (OMC) provides lift-boats to the offshore oil and gas industry. OMC offers 175ft Class lift-boats, 200ft class lift-boats and will take delivery of its first 215ft Class lift-boat in June of this year. All OMC vessels are equipped with modern lifting equipment, electronics, navigation, propulsion, as well as experienced and caring employees.
GIS Marine selects MarineCFO
MarineCFO Inc. said that GIS Marine, Inc. has chosen to implement the full MarineCFO Enterprise software suite. GIS Marine is now providing a fleet of supply vessels and crew boats to support oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. GIS was founded in 1948 with a minimum of personnel and an emphasis on boat repairs. Through the years, GIS has continued to grow in the oil and gas industry. GIS has expanded into a vigorous service oriented company providing a full range of construction services…
Offshore Services Chooses MarineCFO Software
MarineCFO Inc., a provider of Marine Software including On-Vessel, Marine Operations, Personnel, Fleet Maintenance and Financial Management Software Solutions to the Marine Transportation Industry, announced that International Offshore Services has chosen to implement the full MarineCFO Enterprise software suite. International Offshore Services, LLC was formed in 2006 by combining International Marine (started in 1996) and International Construction Group. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries…