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Improving Data Capture for Maritime Operations with Nautical Systems

Marine and Offshore Solutions

Improving Data Capture for Maritime Operations with Nautical Systems

Fleet management software helps mariners monitor asset performance, comply with regulations and assure crew safety in a digital era.

New regulations and operating requirements are placing more pressure on shipowners and their crews to gather the information required to prove compliance and improve the performance of their ships.

The number of data-related tasks they face to safely and efficiently manage a fleet of vessels is growing exponen­tially. From class rules and new regulations to flag and port-state requirements, mariners must monitor their performance activities and operations to maintain compliance and competitive­ness in an increasingly digital marine environment.

Compliance Management for Global Fleets

In the next year, shipowners plying U.S. waters will face compliance challenges from multiple regulations such as Subchapter M and EPA Tier 4 emission controls, in addition to global maritime initiatives aimed at boosting sustainability and lowering the carbon footprint of the international fleet. Data capture and asset management programs to map best practices will be mission-critical to meet those demands.

For shipowners, the challenge will be to provide their crews with the tools to conduct these new duties with minimum disruption to the day-to-day operation of the ship. They will need mobile applications for fleet-management software that put their crews at the center of compliance efforts.

The suite of marine software solutions offered by ABS Nautical Systems form a critical part of an advanced fleet management system that enhances operational visibility, supports faster, more accurate decision-making, and improves emissions control as well as overall vessel performance.

Mobile Applications for Vessel Operations

With the need to capture increasing amounts of data, crew workload is a major concern, as is the need for quality data to support compliance and management decisions. Nautical Systems (NS) is addressing these needs in two ways.

NS offers mobile applications that allow crews to document as a part of their daily routines the maintenance, safety and inspection activities required under ISM, Subchapter M and other compliance regulations. Crew workload is reduced, and data quality is improved by allowing crews to record their activities at the point of work with simple, intuitive screens. These mobile applications harness the power of information that the vessels produce every day to drive the effectiveness and efficiency of operations.   

The comprehensive fleet management system delivered by NS also provides access to the internet of things (IoT) and shipboard automation data to provide the user real-time performance analysis and unprecedented visibility of vessel operations. In turn, getting IoT data into the system improves data accuracy and allows for better reporting of key performance indicators to improve safety, lower risk and improve compliance management.

Benefits to facilitate regulatory compliance include:

  • Ease of use and accurate data input anytime, anywhere and on any device
  • Enterprise asset management (EAM) capabilities to promote best practices in performance
  • Insights informed by data analytics to make use of all available data (operational and IoT)

Fleet management software is also essential for comprehensive asset reliability and performance management, providing the user with data analytics tools to track and quickly establish benchmarks.

Supporting the Digital Journey

Customized for compliance with specific regulations, fleet management software is designed with mariners in mind to address the challenge of collecting and delivering consis­tent infor­ma­tion onboard the vessel.

A fleet management system helps businesses resolve workflow issues by easing crew member tasks. The additional functionality of real-time mobile applications provides for more accurate input and management of data. When implementing a fleet management system, operators are connected to a centralized digital platform to conduct their safety and performance checks, whether working on the vessel or ashore. Well implemented systems support Enterprise Asset Management best practices and leverage this data to increase reliability, lower costs and improve overall safety and efficiency.

A properly configured fleet management system supports the digital journey by improving data capture, providing better visibility of KPIs and trends, and enabling data analytics for improved reliability and management decision making. Wherever a company may be on their digital journey, a comprehensive fleet management system supports improvement of current processes and enables the next steps in the journey.

As new regulation and operating requirements ratchet up the pressure for crews to gather the information required to prove compliance and improve vessel performance, a comprehensive fleet management software system is the strategic tool for moving the fleet forward in a digital era. 


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