The company's first order from a client in China for its hull integrity management software, GL HullManager, is from Shanghai Ocean Shipping Co., Ltd (Shanghai COSCO), which will install the system on seven vessels in its containership fleet.
"Leveraging GL HullManager, we expect our ship maintenance can be conducted in a more cost-effective and transparent fashion," said Mao Jianliang, general manager of Shanghai COSCO.
GL HullManager is a software and service package used to support the hull integrity process, from inspections to reporting and condition assessments of tanks, cargo holds and coatings, throughout its entire lifecycle by means of crew inspections and thickness measurements.
It includes a vessel-specific 3D model for visualisation and assessment of the hull's structural condition. The crew can mark any coating or structural failures on the 3D model, such as marking an individual finding or adding a photo and description, which can then be assessed by superintendents onshore.
Since its introduction in 2011, GL HullManager has been installed onboard approximately 150 vessels of all kinds across the world, and in their owners' onshore offices.
GL Maritime Software's contract in Germany meanwhile, performed in cooperation with SKF, has led to the installation of the first prototype of its GL MachineryManager software onboard the CSAV Rio Blanco, a car carrier owned and managed by German shipping company F. Laeisz.
GL MachineryManager is a monitoring platform for onboard equipment, which combines visual inspection results with online and offline condition measurements, to alert crew and superintendents when the condition of equipment has deteriorated, on individual vessels and across an entire fleet.
The installation on the CSAV Rio Blanco took place during a voyage from Vladivostok, Russia, to Pyongtaek, South Korea.
During the voyage vibration monitoring measurement locations were prepared onboard for 40 fans. The data from these locations was collected by handheld vibration monitoring equipment, which was then downloaded into the onboard GL MachineryManager system for further analysis.
GL and SKF began cooperating on the development and implementation of this joint solution for condition monitoring of rotating auxiliary machinery onboard ships in May 2011.
The companies also trained the crew in the use of the maintenance management software and the handheld unit, which was provided by SKF.
"We believe in the advantages of meaningful data acquisition and its analyses to support maintenance strategies," said Harald Schlotfeldt, managing technical director of F. Laeisz.
"We see the GL HullManager, which already runs on a number of our vessels, and now the GL MachineryManager as logical add-ons to the GL ShipManager software package, which we have had in fleet wide use for many years already."
"This was the motivation for us to work with GL on the prototype installation onboard CSAV Rio Blanco, one of our new 5000 unit Pure Car Truck Carriers (PCTCs)."
The prototype test will soon be expanded to include online data from sensors monitoring the bearing condition of the CSAV Rio Blanco's main engine.
GL offers a survey arrangement for 'Condition Monitoring' which uses the condition information in the survey process, and F. Laeisz already qualifies for this arrangement. F Laeisz can also use the system to generate annual reports for both internal, class and regulatory purposes.
F. Laeisz was one of the first users of GL ShipManager and is now also utilising GL HullManager onboard several vessels in its fleet.