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Solstad Offshore completes Star implementation

Solstad Offshore’s fleet of 50 vessels has completed the installation of the Star Information & Planning System (Star IPS) software package from Star Information Systems (SIS).

Solstad operates platform supply vessels (PSV), anchor handling vessels (AHTS) and construction service vessels (CSV), and will use the software as an integrated, centralised fleet management system.

This will include Star IPS functionality covering planned maintenance, guarantee claims, asset management, projects and document management.

SIS signed the initial business contract with Solstad in July 2008, since which time Solstad’s fleet has grown from 25 to 50 vessels, resulting in an extension of the original agreement.

Full system training for the ship crews has been undertaken at the Star Academy training facilities in Trondheim, Norway.

“We required a centralised system that could provide us with a full technical overview of our fleet,” said Hans Ole Bergtun, Solstad’s technical superintendent.

“SIS has been in the market for a long time; they’ve taken part in ‘computerising’ the industry and have long traditions for system development and innovation.”

“We were looking for a dynamic supplier and found that SIS actually offers more functionality than we require at the time being, so it’s good to know that we have the option to expand and that there’s always new and improved solutions being developed.”

SIS completed the system implementation in two phases. Phase one saw servers pre-installed with the software shipped out to each vessel by Solstad’s own IT support team, while phase two focused on system setup and configuration, handled remotely by SIS.

“We could not have done this without the support provided by SIS,” noted senior consultant and advisor on the project, Ronny Hammern.

“Our experience is that SIS’ personnel are both professional and credible; every step of the project has been well organised and we’ve received very good feedback from the involved parties, both at Solstad and at our IT partner.”

With the software now in place, Solstad has cleaned and restructured the data from its old management systems and imported it onto Star IPS.

“Our previous system was not centralised, hence technical data and work instructions varied from ship to ship,” said Mr Bergtun.

“However, with the clean data and the new system we have a uniform and highly efficient system across the fleet. This will help us as we continue to strive for operational excellence.”

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