Veslink is a web-based service that allows ships to exchange real-time data with onshore offices.
Teekay installed Veson Nautical’s Integrated Maritime Operations System (IMOS) in September 2011 and has used the system, which can be combined with Veslink, to standardise vessel reporting and performance analysis for its fleet of more than 75 tanker and LNG vessels.
“The Veson staff has been great to deal with through the integration process. Everyone was very helpful in meeting our needs and timelines,” said Greg Davidson, commercial systems manager at Teekay.
“By the time we have completed the integration of IMOS and Veslink in our conventional fleet, we will have approximately 65 vessels using Veslink.”
Since Q3 2011, Teekay has used IMOS as its voyage management and accounting system for various ships in its 143-vessel fleet, including Aframaxes, Suezmaxes, LNG Carriers, Product Carriers, and Shuttle Tankers.
The addition of Veslink is aimed to help Teekay to exert more control over the substantial amount of mission-critical information generated by the fleet – using the system, data is entered onboard in a structured way, vetted by voyage operators for accuracy, and then automatically imported into IMOS.
This data is then used to generate reporting metrics which Teekay sees as crucial for benchmarking fleet performance.
This integration of systems has also improved interaction among the company's chartering, operations, and accounting departments, with Teekay noting that is already seeing improved vessel and cargo information, reduced manual entry, and minimal data errors.
“As one of our most valued clients and partners, we’re very excited that Teekay has added Veslink to enhance its vessel-to-shore communications,” said John Veson, president of Veson Nautical.
“Just as IMOS optimises the front-office workflow, Veslink carries that optimisation through to the data collection onboard the vessel.”