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Reederei Claus-Peter Offen agrees 103-ship software deal

ABS Nautical Systems reports that implementation of its NS5 Enterprise software sysytem has begun on Reederei Claus-Peter Offen’s 103-strong fleet of container vessels.

Based in Hamburg, the company will be utilising three modules from the ABS Nautical Systems software package, having purchased the Maintenance & Repair, Purchasing & Inventory and Voyage Management modules for its fleet.

These systems will be used to track maintenance expenses, upcoming drydocks and repairs, inventory replacement needs, fuel consumption and cargo operations across all of the vessels.

“We needed technology that offered both a centralised and standardised solution, and was user-friendly,” said Lutz Miesen, project engineer for Reederei Claus-Peter Offen.

“Our engineers and crew wanted a one-for-all solution for their day-to-day workloads and ABS Nautical Systems’ software suite has provided that.”

Reederei Claus-Peter Offen initially installed the software on four of its vessels for testing and familiarisation purposes ahead of the implementation on the remainder of the fleet, which is scheduled for completion over the next two years.

ABS Nautical Systems will be assisting the shipping company’s own team with this process.

“Working closely with our clients during the initial stages of the software implementation allows them the ability to fine tune the system for their specific operations,” says Karen Hughey, president and COO of ABS Nautical Systems.

“Through this process, Reederei Claus-Peter Offen was able to customise the software to meet their needs and they are now our largest client in Germany.”

In other news, the ABS classification society, of which ABS Nautical Systems is part, has launched ABS Connect, a package of products which it hopes will improve information transfer between the society and its clients around the world.

ABS Connect incorporates a mobile interface for its website, as well as ABS Bookshelf, a mobile library of ABS' publications.

Currently available for download, at no charge, from Apple's App Store, ABS Bookshelf includes the more than 100 Rules and Guides available electronically and used in the design, construction and maintenance of vessels and offshore structures to ABS classification.

“The ABS Bookshelf app provides designers, builders, owners, managers and operators the ability to take ABS' Rules and Guides anywhere in the world on their iPad or iPhone,” said ABS chief technology officer, Todd Grove.

“The functionality of the app allows users to easily search and annotate key pieces of information that previously required internet access or large volumes of printed documents - all within a dedicated app designed to organise a user's ABS documents.”

The mobile version of the ABS website also allows for the downloading of ABS publications, including the Rules and Guides, onto any mobile device like Blackberrys and Android phones or tablets.

The company says that the new mobile website and Bookshelf app will soon be joined by ABS Survey Manager and ABS Directory apps, prototypes of which have been recently launched.

The ABS Survey Manager app allows owners and managers to securely search real-time class and survey information on their ABS-classed fleet and then store it on their device.

The ABS Directory provides contact details for ABS offices around the world through a direct search or GPS location functionality. Both apps will be available this summer.

“As the class society of the future, ABS will continue to raise the bar in providing comprehensive services that help the marine and offshore industries meet the wide spectrum of operational and regulatory challenges,” says ABS president and CEO, Christopher Wiernicki.

“In today's global environment, timely access to information is critical to managing the operations. ABS Connect will allow our clients to access key classification information at the time and place of their choosing.”

“ABS Connect is the first phase of the new ABS class experience. In the coming months, through ABS Connect we will roll out additional products and applications to allow quick and efficient access to the information and class services decision makers need. It's all about having ready access to information whenever and wherever you need it.”

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