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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Onboard Software News

Crosby Tugs Chooses ABS Nautical Systems

Crosby Tugs selected the ABS Nautical Systems (NS) mobile compliance software to enable compliance with Subchapter M regulatory requirements. By adopting NS Workboat across its fleet of tugboats, Crosby can record compliance data and generate safety reports on a mobile device while crew carry out routine operations. NS Workboat is optimized for a tablet and is available on smartphones for easy data entry, with no installed software required onboard. Ship and shore collaboration…

RadiantFleet Pact with River Advice AG

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RadiantFleet announced closing an agreement with River Advice AG. The agreement includes the use of RadiantFleet platform (Software as a Service) for Crew and Payroll Management. The software solution provides River Advice real time collaboration between their corporate offices, managed vessels and crew. River Advice was established in 2004 and soon developed to what is now the leading manager of river cruise ships in Europe. With corporate offices in Basel, Cologne, Limassol and Luxemburg, the group offers a broad range of services tailored to the needs to each client.

SWIVEL unveils a Logistics Control Tower

Photo: SWIVEL Software LTD

SWIVEL Software announced, at the 3PL Value Creation Asia Summit in Hong Kong,  the launch of SWIVEL 360, a Logistics Control Tower that can provide both visibility and transparency between all parties in the supply chain. With SWIVEL 360, all parties can get real time alerts and search the status of a shipment based on SKU or item code, purchase order, bill of lading, container, or customer. The collaboration portal also allows simple tasks as searching airline and sailing schedules, communication with factories overseas, booking freight to logistics partners/carriers, and much more.

Eniram to Provide Boil-off Management for LNG Sector

Eniram Limited, the Finnish provider of energy management technology and data analytic services to the shipping industry, announced that it is releasing an onboard and onshore Boil-off Management Tool designed for LNG carriers.   Eniram’s Boil-off Management Tool enables officers both onboard and onshore to understand and monitor the actual boil-off for LNG carriers. The company states it is the first in the world to quantify and provide a Boil-off Management Tool for the actual measured boil-off, based upon real onboard data.  

ECDIS provides Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital Widescreen Onboard Familiarization

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U.K.-based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd. launched a new onboard familiarization course for Kelvin Hughes’ MantaDigital Widescreen software. Kelvin Hughes’ newest ECDIS software has been on the market since 2012 and ECDIS Ltd has now produced its own training solution which meets the requirement of the ISM code and Safety Management System training requirements and is convenient for the marine and the shipping company. www.ecdis.org  

SIS Secures Contract With Destination Gotland

Star Information Systems (SIS), a provider of integrated fleet management software, has secured a further contract with Destination Gotland for the supply of software systems onboard the company's two Ropax newbuildings. The contract comes shortly after the Swedish shipping company upgraded four of its five vessels with fleet management software from SIS.

New CADCAM Solution

Working in cooperation, Napa Ltd and DRS Defense Solutions, LLC, Advanced Marine Technology Center (DRS DS AMTC) have created a new interface between NAPA and MAESTRO software. Interfacing these two products will increase efficiency in the early stage of ship structural design, analysis and evaluation process by allowing the designer to leverage one 3D model from start to finish within the scope of structural design and direct analysis. This will eliminate the very common practice of recreating 3D structural models to serve different activities. “This will be the most extensive finite element interface in NAPA, and it will help to shorten the overall time in structural analysis significantly,” says Tomi Holmberg, Manager at NAPA Business Unit.

New Workboat Management System Introduced

A system touted as the first fully integrated workboat management system - dubbed GlobeOffshore - will be unveiled by Globe Wireless at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans, to be held Dec. 1-3. GlobeOffshore records vital data onboard the vessel and provides this data in a timely and accurate manner to users onshore. The system allows shoreside users to receive fleet reports, track vessels, and improve incident response time by making all appropriate information automatically available in one place. The system automates the traditional logbook. Vessel data is entered into the GlobeOffshore electronic log, which runs on a Windows-based personal computer aboard the vessel.

Bordelon Chooses Helm Operations Software

Edoc Systems Group, developers of Helm Marine Operations Software (Helm), confirmed that Offshore Supply Vessel provider, Bordelon Marine, has chosen Helm HSQE Manager and Helm Onboard to manage their vessel maintenance, safety and compliance. Helm Onboard will be installed on all Bordelon vessels, but the first installation will be on their new Stingray series 260’ class DP2 OSV, which is slated for sea trials in May 2013. Helm, which is approaching its 15th anniversary, will provide a digitized layer of efficiency to Bordelon’s already exceptional safety record. The software provides a central system for Bordelon to manage their inspections and audits as well as any deficiencies, non-conformities, or observations that may arise.

ABB's RDS Update Brings Predictive Capabilities of Big Data

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ABB is deepening its analytical and predictive approach to vessel maintenance with the latest upgrade of its Remote Diagnostic Service (RDS). ABB is one of the leading advocates of the digitalization of shipping and has already launched Integrated Operation Centers in Asia, Europe and the USA where data produced by ships is received and monitored. The upgraded software functionalities will give more power and transparency to the shore side operations of ship owners whilst ABB has stepped up its proactive monitoring of the data and predictive analytics.

Another ABS NS Software Implementation

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ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has successfully implemented the ABS NS Fleet Management Software suite for Hadi Hammad Al Hammam Group, a leading service provider to the oil and gas industry in the Middle East. “The NS software suite is a comprehensive fleet management solution designed to improve data accuracy to inform better decisions in the office,” says ABS Nautical Systems COO Stephen Schwarz. Phase one of the project focused on compliance – integrating the NS Maintenance…

Taiyo Nippon Kisen Selects BASSware Suite

Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd. has again selected BASS, maritime software to be its software supplier. Taiyo Nippon Kisen purchased planned maintenance system (Star IPS) and safety and incident reporting solution (SAFIR 4.0) to complement its existing systems. Taiyo Nippon Kisen. has purchased the complete integrated office-vessel BASSware solutions. The earlier purchase took place in the beginning of 2001. Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd. has committed to install Star IPS and SAFIR in the office and onboard 62 vessels under its management. The planned maintenance software will enable Taiyo Nippon Kisen. to manage onboard maintenance and spare parts effectively. BASS will populate all PMS-related data in order for Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd.

ABS Mobile App Simplifies Subchapter M Compliance

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NS Workboat, a new mobile application from ABS Nautical Systems (NS) purpose-built for the workboat/inland sector, aims to streamline onboard tasks for Subchapter M compliance. “This app answers the growing demand for easy-to-use point solutions – a need that is particularly pronounced in the workboat sector, where many companies have little to no IT support on their boats,” said ABS Nautical Systems Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Schwarz. The tablet-based application is delivered preconfigured to an operator’s selected Subchapter M safety management system.

Sofware Solutions Picking up Steam

A new study from Germany show rapid expansion in the maritime fleet management software sector. While shipowners are generally classified conservative in the uptake of new technology, the advent of increasingly sophisticated software solutions which manage everything from fuel  to cargo to crew make a compelling financial case to modernize quickly. Earlier this summer Germany’s Fraunhofer CML issued what is arguably the most thorough study to date which analyzes the software market as applied to shipping companies. Entitled “Fleet Management Systems 2013,” the 60-plus page report provides exhaustive detail and insightful research on software solutions from 46 providers globally, with many pages of product overview helping to measure how one system stacks up versus another.

GL conducts First Onboard Test of GL MachineryManager Prototype

GL MachineryManager screenshot from the CSAV Rio Blanco. Copyright GL Group.

GL Maritime Software, the software and systems integration unit of classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL), in cooperation with SKF, has installed the first prototype of its GL MachineryManager software onboard the CSAV Rio Blanco, a car carrier owned and managed by German shipping company F. Laeisz. GL MachineryManager is a single monitoring platform for onboard equipment, which combines visual inspection results with online and offline condition measurements, to warn…

Unicom Management Uses BVS

Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) announced that Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd has now been using its BonVoyage software (BVS) for 10 years to help its ship Captains steer clear of heavy weather in order to avoid vessel damage and prevent crew injury. After first adopting BVS in 1999 as part of a trial on three ships, SCF Unicom observed that the onboard software was helping its Captains to reduce heavy weather damage to those ships. The company then quickly expanded use of BVS to approximately 17 ships within its managed fleet…

AWT Readies Captains with ECA Zone Calculator

Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) announced its BVS onboard software provides Emission Control Areas (ECAs) and calculation tools to evaluate the most cost effective voyage track. Using the latest version of BVS, captains manage their voyage track by displaying ECA zones and making them “no-go” areas. By doing this, they can see their voyage track outside and inside the ECA zones. Simply moving waypoints in BVS allows captains to visualize the impact of time in the ECA zone and compare it to the overall effect of time en route. The result is that the captain has the information to sail the optimal route. “With BVS’s ECA zone calculation tools…

AWT Offers ECA Zone Calculator

Applied Weather Technology, Inc. today announced its BVS onboard software provides Emission Control Areas (ECAs) and calculation tools to evaluate the most cost effective voyage track. Using the latest version of BVS, captains manage their voyage track by displaying ECA zones and making them “no-go” areas. By doing this, they can see their voyage track outside and inside the ECA zones. Simply moving waypoints in BVS allows captains to visualize the impact of time in the ECA zone and compare it to the overall effect of time en route. The result is that the captain has the information to sail the optimal route. “With BVS’s ECA zone calculation tools…

Chart World's ECDIS Gets U.S. Coast Guard Nod

Chart World’s eGlobe ECDIS receives type approval from the United States Coast Guard. After reviewing Chart World’s ECDIS ‘eGlobe’ the United States Coast Guard (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) has assigned the approval on August 15th, 2012. This additional approval opens the door to the North American market. Having been successfully introduced the eGlobe ECDIS being part of the new concept “ECDIS as a Service” can continue to grow in this part of the world. The eGlobe ECDIS is one module in a sequence including official ENCs, a customized maintenance concept for ECDIS and cost-effective training opportunities. ChartWorld’s leading software and services will help shipping companies and deck officers to master the demanding transition to ‘Paperless Digital Navigation’.

MOL Group Develops Onboard Labor Management Software

“WRH5” operation screen

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that its group’s core dry-cargo ship management company, MOL Ship Management Co., Ltd. (MOLSHIP; President: Toshikazu Inaoka; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo) has jointly developed with maritime software developer Spectral Technologies, Inc. (President and CEO: Kjell B. Sundberg; Headquarters: Manila, Republic of the Philippines) a new onboard management software program called “WRH5” used to manage crews’ work and rest hours. MOLSHIP will introduce “WRH5” on its managed vessels.

MOL Group Develops Onboard Labor Management Software

Image: "WRH5" operation screen

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd has announced that its group's core dry-cargo ship management company, MOL Ship Management Co., Ltd. has jointly developed with maritime software developer Spectral Technologies, Inc. a new onboard management software program called "WRH5" used to manage crews' work and rest hours. MOLSHIP will introduce "WRH5" on its managed vessels. In addition, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai  issued a statement of fact that "WRH5"'s support functions are in conformity with international labor regulations. - Conformity with MLC2006 and the Japanese Mariners Law.

Solstad Offshore Installs Autoload Onboard Stability

Autoship Systems Corporation (ASC) announced that their Norwegian Dealer, Coastdesign, Norway (CDN), has received 10 new orders from Solstad Offshore ASA for Autoload onboard stability software. Installations will be onboard vessels; Normand Jarl, Normand Drott, Normand Titan, Normand Trym, Normand Atlantic, Normand Borg, Normand Mjolne, Normand Draupne, Normand Skarven and Normand Seven. Autoload is currently installed onboard 23 Solstad vessels. Normand Seven, delivered to Solstad Offshore in July, is the largest offshore construction vessel (OCV) ever built by Ulstein Verft in Norway. It is a Vik-Sanvik VS 4220 OCV design and was voted Ship of the Year at the 2007 Norshipping Tradeshow in Norway. The vessel is 130m long and 28m wide with a bridge at a size of 400m2.

Vindskip: Wind-powered Containership Concept

(Image: Lade AS)

The Vindskip, designed by Lade AS, comes to rescue and bring wind power back into action. It uses a hull designed to act as a so-called airfoil, or giant sail. Futuristic concepts for containerships powered by windmill-powered propellers have been in vogue for some time, especially after the studies revealed that shipping accounts for around 3% of global CO2 emissions. A Norwegian engineer has designed a radical new cargo ship with a hull so large it acts as the sails of old.

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