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Volaris buys SpecTec

SpecTec CEO Giampiero Soncini SpecTec CEO Giampiero Soncini

Maritime software company SpecTec has been acquired by the Volaris Group, a company that specialises in acquiring and growing vertical market technology companies.

Volaris, part of Constellation Software Inc, has purchased 100 per cent of the shares of the SpecTec Group under the deal, and aims to extend Volaris’ market reach into a new marine vertical.

“SpecTec is considered a market leader in marine-focused and remote asset management solutions, making them an ideal acquisition as we move into this vertical market,” said Mark Miller, CEO, Volaris Group.

“We look forward to supporting the SpecTec team as they continue to grow and strengthen their business in this market.”

SpecTec will continue to be led by CEO Giampiero Soncini and will operate as a separate entity, continuing to serve its customers under the SpecTec brand and keeping its management team in place.

“We’re very happy to be a part of the Volaris Group as they bring extensive experience building and growing software businesses, and in particular, businesses that provide industry-focused asset management and logistics solutions,” commented Mr Soncini.

“Volaris invests in businesses for the long-term, so we know we have found a good home with them. With Volaris support, we can grow SpecTec further into its main market verticals in the marine, oil & gas, defence and remote asset management areas.”

In other news, SpecTec and DNV have together launched an all-in-one planned inspection and maintenance system for ship structures, combining SpecTec’s AMOS software with DNV’s Hull Integrity Management system.

The new combined application uses the DNV vessel-specific hull inspection forms and procedures that come as part of the Hull Integrity Management (HIM) system, and includes 3D inspection and reporting functionality for the early detection of defects.

These capabilities will be added to the AMOS planned maintenance system, which supports tasks such as maintenance, spare parts logistics management and the production of quality and safety documentation.

A vessel structure model established in the AMOS component hierarchy will be combined with HIM’s vessel-specific hull inspection information and any diagrams showing areas that require special attention.

Hull inspection data is automatically synchronised by AMOS data communication processes so that it is available to crew, managers, charterers, inspectors and specialists, and can be used for ISM, TSMA, OVMSA, OCIMF and vetting requirements.

“Over the last 30 years, AMOS has become the de facto standard in shipping for technical management,” said Mr Soncini.

“Our cooperation with DNV adds the ability to provide structure related maintenance and monitoring so that the ship management can track structural and coating condition including repairs with statistics that can be benchmarked from vessel to fleet.”

SpecTec has also recently announced the signing of a new contract in the Middle East, with Mubarak Marine LLC to implement the AMOS2 software system.

The deal includes one office installation at Mubarak Marine’s headquarters in Dubai and five offshore tug vessel installations.

The system will be used to improve the company’s Planned Maintenance System, and aims to help decrease the costs of procurement and provide IT support in dry dock operations.

Mubarak says it also intends to gradually extend the implementation of the AMOS2 Enterprise Suite to include the Crew Management, Payroll, and Quality & Safety modules, and eventually cover its entire fleet of 33 vessels.

Database consultancy will be provided by SpecTec technical staff in the Middle East for the project.

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