First launched in January 2013, Oceanfile is an online package of software programs with integrated risk analysis and vetting tools. The Q2 2014 release, which is supported by tablet devices, includes Pre-Chartering Questionnaires, Self-Inspections, and Navigation Audits.
Oceanfile says that it has added pre-chartering questionnaires to facilitate the import of OCIMF and CDI HVPQ data to populate, edit, format and export Intertanko’s Q88 questionnaire and to support other major charterers’ pre-chartering questionnaires. A copy feature facilitates the creation of new questionnaires based on previously completed questionnaires for each vessel.
The updated software also includes support for compiling and managing self-inspection reports and navigation audits for use by shipboard staff and attending superintendents. These reports and audits are prepared on mobile tablet devices in ‘off-line’ mode and then uploaded to the Oceanfile web site. The Self-Inspection Reports may then be reviewed on Oceanfile and the results saved for performance review, analysis and comparisons with actual SIRE or CDI report results.
The navigation audits App is designed to facilitate audits, particularly those that are associated with the requirements of the OCIMF TMSA Element 5. To measure and assess risk, the app uses charting of past risk and future trends to identify where corrective actions are required.
Oceanfile says that all feature additions are free of charge to existing subscribers.
The software provider says that its subscribers can see risk reductions of up to 50 per cent within months, while saving on workflow and administration overheads.
“The typical return on investment that Oceanfile delivers is a compelling cost/benefit case taking into account the combination of higher fleet acceptability by charterers and greatly reduced man power costs that Oceanfile delivers,” said its managing director David Savage.
Oceanfile uses the data in SIRE reports to identify hot spots, assess risks, and recommend corrective actions. It can display historical inspection performance and results for individual vessels, sister ships, vessel type, and regional managing offices. It also features “Potential” and “Assessed Risk” analysis tools.