The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has launched NS Workboat™, a new mobile application from ABS Nautical Systems (NS), purpose-built for the workboat/inland sector, that aims to simplify Subchapter M compliance requirements with minimal disruption to day-to-day operations.
“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,” says 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. It is designed to facilitate managing of the Subchapter M compliance requirements, with a familiar and easy-to-use interface. No onboard software is needed, and very little training is required.
For companies selecting the US Coast Guard inspection option, documents required to demonstrate compliance are also included.
Tim Kirby, NS Enterprise Manager, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, says: “We were looking for something that our crew could quickly get used to,” he says. “As a longtime customer of NS, and with Subchapter M approaching, we were eager to launch the NS Workboat app.”
NS Workboat is a cloud-based subscription solution offered on both iOS and Android. Tablets are delivered preconfigured by NS as a part of the solution.