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Wallem to install DNV Navigator on 190 ships

Wallem Ship Management in Hong Kong has ordered the DNV Navigator software system for its managed fleet of more than 190 ships.

DNV Navigator is a decision support tool used onboard ship to assist the Master in managing port operations. This new contract with Wallem is the largest ever signed for the software system, and was agreed after the successful completion of a trial programme.

Using the application, more than 1200 port clearance forms are automatically filled in with ship data so that required paper work can be prepared quickly.

It includes a database of information about all world ports and terminals, including publications and data from UKHO, IHS Fairplay and other sources. Arrival and departure procedures for all major ports are available as well as a nautical library providing maritime-specific information.

A Master’s Notes functionality is included, which is used for sharing port specific knowledge within the fleet. Information can also be shared with other systems, such as gangway control systems and ECDIS.

The contract with Wallem also includes a Work and Rest Hours module to manage compliance with international legislation on rest hours for seafarers, particularly the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 and the Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.

Any violation of regulations will be identified, and user-defined reports can be generated. Crew timesheets can also be created in MS Excel, and the system allows for company-specific forms to be added and for data to be shared with other company-specific or third party systems.

"Wallem is striving continuously to manage their fleet in safer and more cost effective ways," said Captain Deepak Honawar, Wallem’s director of safety and quality.

"We were impressed by how quickly DNV responded to our demands and added new elements in the system. We have great expectations for the use of DNV Navigator and believe the product will play a key role in our portfolio of on-board applications."

DNV Navigator was introduced in 2002, and the company says that it is now in use on approximately 2,000 ships worldwide.

"Industry feedback indicates that the on board paperwork burden is reduced by as much as 90 per cent," said Odd Arne Haueng, head of DNV Maritime Partner.

"This enables ships’ officers to focus on what should be their primary responsibility, that is operating the ship in a sound and safe way both at sea and in port."

Wallem will commence roll-out of DNV Navigator across its fleet in March 2012.

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