For the annual flag survey, the Swedish Transport Agency requires ship operators to produce reports on various inspections carried out by crew members. It has produced a guidebook which lists all 480 survey items concerned.
Most of those were already covered by Tallink-Silja’s MPM, so the Finnish company asked Marine Software to integrate the STA requirements within its planned maintenance database. Marine Software says that it subsequently produced a module which allowed for planned maintenance jobs to be attached to individual official survey items.
This allowed planned maintenance activities (including STA-linked items) to proceed as normal throughout the year, and the operator to produce a status report for the STA inspectors’ review two weeks before the annual flag survey.
Anders Öst, project manager, Tallink-Silja, notes that he appreciated not having to worry about how to produce the reports.
“A combination of my original specification as well as Marine Software's experience in programming and how to make user-friendly interfaces resulted in a well working module,” he said.
“The project is now finished and two of three Swedish flagged vessels in the Tallink-Silja fleet have passed the approval survey with flying records.”
“Last month, the Swedish Transport Agency informed me that our STA module is the only MPM system capable of producing the flagged reports demanded to receive full approval.”