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Maritime Software drives energy efficiency

oftware and new technologies can help ship owners and operators improve their cost Shipping is highly underinvested in modern software technologies. Only 0.7% of the investments that go into new vessels go into software technologies. With rising fuel prices and operating costs leaving the industry facing ever slimmer profit margins, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) experts showed how the increased deployment of the latest maritime software systems could help to fight this trend."Looking at ship operating costs we see a steady, rising trend," said Dr Torsten Buessow, Vice President of GL Maritime Software, at a GL Exchange Forum held late April in Singapore. His calculations, based on an analysis of the development in operating costs of three typical ship types, 3,000-4,000TEU container vessels, Panamax dry bulk carriers, and 15,000-20,000 dwt general cargo vessels, show an estimated growth rate of 13% from 2010 to 2014."There is a great deal of big potential for the shipping sector to invest more into maritime software," said Dr Buessow, "the sector's investment level is just one fifth of that of the oil & gas industry. Software and new technologies can help ship owners and operators improve their cost positions and competitiveness."The use of maritime software is on ...

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Korean Register wins contract to develop Port State Control software

New software application to assist port state control officers The Korean Register of Shipping (KR) has won a contract to develop a new software application to assist port state control officers (PSCO) working within the Mediterranean MoU. The software will comprise an up-to-date database of all relevant IMO and ILO conventions and will be used by PSCOs to ensure a vessel's compliance with the relevant requirements.The software will be based on KR's existing KR-CON application that contains a maritime library of IMO conventions. It was designed to help users apply IMO requirements quickly and correctly and comprises the full and up-to-date texts of all IMO Conventions, Codes, Resolutions and Circulars.KR has a track-record of assisting Port State Control authorities. In 2007, it was commissioned by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to develop a bespoke system for use by Paris MOU port state control officers. This package - called RuleCheck - was updated last year at EMSA's request.Commenting on the new contract, Oh Kong-gyun, KR Chairman and CEO said:"Port state control is at the heart of ensuring that ships operate safely and with due regard to the maritime environment. I am immensely proud that KR has been chosen to develop ...

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Seaxl Launches Innovative Marine Software Working Under Microsoft Excel

A new maritime software that is easy to use and easy to implement Seaxl? Marine Software Limited is a company with a vast amount of hands on organisational experience within the shipping industry going back to over 40 years. They have introduced a new approach to maritime software that is easy to use, easy to implement with immediate productivity, downloadable, training free, ready-to-use out of the box and, software which is designed and tailored for the shipping industry.The five products currently available are CashFlow, Masters General Account, Ships Budgets, The Ship and Company Secretary.Seaxl? Invest in Ships, a very dynamic evaluation of investments in ships, allowing you to assess how good a proposed investment project is, will be released during Q4 2011.In this day and age who needs complications and snags in introducing any form of new technology to a shipping company? The usual questions being asked; what will be the cost, who will teach the staff on board the ships and ashore, how will we implement such technology with ease? Who will travel to the ships and implement the technology?Seaxl? has developed all of their products with this in mind. The Microsoft? Excel? base has been used throughout which ...

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Marine Software has supplied its MPS-Marine Purchasing solution to Bunkers

Bunker supplier uses e-purchasing Software company Marine Software of the UK has supplied its MPS-Marine Purchasing solution to Bunkers (Gibraltar), for installation on board the 4,270gt 'MT Europa Supplier I' and at the ship management technical offices.The software is due to go live on the vessel once the head office has configured the central approved supplier listing, account codes and consumable catalogue listings.According to Marine Software, Bunkers Gibraltar required an easy solution where crew requisition requests could be quickly raised and transmitted back to the office system for tendering and final purchase ordering. Small data file exchanges between vessel and office give an up-to-date view of latest ordering status from both locations.A fully integrated budget system compares actual costs for purchase orders against budget, offering the ability to drill down by expense code to track where money is spent.Supporting information such as photographs, quotations, delivery notes and supplier email correspondence can be stored against each order for auditing purposes.Source: Motorship

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First order for green ship software

Strategic partnership between Onboard-Napa and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering The strategic partnership between Onboard-Napa and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), the NAPA-DSME Power software, has produced its first order, just one month into its existence.The system is part of DSME's green ships concept and uses Onboard Napa programs to help plan, optimise and record voyage data, and analyse the voyage to increase efficiency. The first installations will be on six tanker newbuildings for Russian operator Sovcomflot; there is an option for an additional six vessels. Delivery of the first ship, to be operated by Novoship, is scheduled for 2012.DSME director of design Odin Kwon said at Nor-Shipping that DSME-Power is becoming an integral part of DSME's Green Ship concept, and will allow the yard's customers to adopt a solution that already covers the present recommendations as well as anticipated future regulatory requirements for energy-efficient ship operations- something which DSME and Napa claim that no other software package on the market can accomplish.Napa points out that Novoship can expect to achieve reductions in emissions, operational costs, and fuel consumption. Prior use of the software package has indicated the annual savings potential on fuel costs alone to be about 3%-5%.In ...

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Software for geometric modeling of marine propellers

Many new tools in the upgraded 2011 version HydroComp's PropCad software for geometric modeling of marine propellers has now been released in an upgraded 2011 version.The program provides tools for the automatic preparation of 2D design drawings, 3D views, construction data, calculation of geometric properties, and CAD/CAM file export. The new release focuses on strengthening the 2D drawing of propellers, as well as product management and documentation.Among the new features are:The proprietary report and CAD viewer is extensively enhanced for PropCad 2011, which now includes new document, printing, and export capabilities.Classification society thickness reports have been updated for American Bureau of Shipping rules (2011) and Lloyd's Register rules (2010), including new support for high skew propellers.Project data now includes new fields to support implementation of HydroComp's new file format strategy. This common JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format will provide greater cross-product data exchange control and flexibility among all HydroComp software.Source: Motorship

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