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Minerva to go paperless

Minerva Marine, a Greek company which operates oil and chemical tankers and bulk carriers, has chosen Transas to shift to paperless navigation, the IT supplier has announced.

The Minerva fleet is to be equipped with Transas ECDIS and the Transas Admiralty Data Service (TADS) for the supply of ENCs. Five vessels have already been commissioned and are currently implementing the transition procedures from paper to paperless navigation.

Transas says that Minerva Marine has decided to deploy additional back-up arrangements both for hardware and software, including Transas TX-97 vector charts, and to implement satellite tracking of its vessels through the Transas FleetManager Online system.

Capt Dimitrios Stamoudis, safety & quality manager, said: “We have decided to move forward despite the slow process of ECDIS implementation in the industry the last few years.”

“We consider that paperless navigation is an enormous navigational change and therefore we have developed an analytical Management Of Change Process which will help our Masters and the Navigation Officers to familiarise themselves with the new requirements and to obtain the equipment's maximum capabilities before switching to paperless.”

“Our goal is to enhance the safety of navigation and to complete the change in the most effective way.”

In related news, Transas also reports that it has installed a range of new simulators at the Estonian Maritime Academy in Tallinn. The contract, whose amount was not disclosed, was awarded following a tender process.

The deal covers a DNV Class A main bridge simulator with 270 degrees visualisation and three secondary bridges with 120 degrees visualisation each, all equipped with conventional and Azimuth controls. Transas has also installed an ECDIS classroom with capacity for 10 trainees.

The Tallinn facility has additionally received a full mission Engine Room Simulator, which enables training of crews for LCC tankers, Ro-Pax carriers, cruise and container vessels. Transas says that the simulator platform can be easily reconfigured, making it possible to change between different ship models in just a few minutes.

Finally, a GMDSS class equipped with the TGS 5000 software from Transas will be delivered to enable training to obtain a General Operator Certificate or Restricted Operator Certificate.

Transas says that it has partnered with the Estonian Maritime Academy, which was founded in 1919, for more than ten years.

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