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Hapag-Lloyd to implement GL HullManager

The newly merged DNV GL organisation has announced that Hapag-Lloyd will implement GL HullManager as its central monitoring and reporting tool for hull maintenance activities.

DNV GL started operating as one company in September after the merger between Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) was approved.

GL HullManager is part of DNV GL’s fleet management software portfolio and provides ship managers with hull inspection and thickness measurement support. Ship owners can use the system to plan, track and implement the inspection strategies for their fleets.

“We are convinced we can get an easier and faster overview of hull conditions across the fleet and much better preparation for dry dockings with GL HullManager,” said Lutz-Michael Dyck, director of Technical Fleet Management at Hapag-Lloyd.

Sebastian Eggert, the GL software account manager responsible for the liner shipping company, noted: “Hapag-Lloyd set us a very stringent set of requirements they needed the system to meet and we are very glad we were able to match their expectations.”

DNV GL says that the project has already started and the teams will look to deliver the first vessel groups during the course of this year. Hapag-Lloyd has more than 150 vessels in service.

Launched in 2011, GL HullManager keeps track of the condition of a vessel’s hull on a ship specific 3D model complete with the ship’s structural details. It supports the hull integrity process, from inspections to reporting and condition assessments of tanks, cargo holds and coatings, by means of crew inspections and thickness measurements.

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.

The system can make information on the condition of hull structures available to any employee across the company, once the inspection results have been approved and synchronised. Stored in a lifecycle database, hull condition data for each individual vessel can be traced over time allowing sister vessels from the same fleet to be compared.

DNV GL says that a dashboard overview of the entire ship is also available to allow the company to more easily pinpoint any critical findings by crew or third-party inspectors.

GL HullManager is currently used on more than 350 vessels worldwide, the company says, and was recently upgraded with a mobile client version.

Upcoming extra features in development include an automatic proposal for the amount of steel to be replaced for a dry dock tender specification, integration of hatch cover tightness measurement results and hot spot marking functionality.

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