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Hanseaticsoft adds IMO-DCS module

German software provider Hanseaticsoft reports that it has updated its Cloud MRV module to assist its users in compliance with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) upcoming mandatory Data Collection System (DCS).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}IMO-DCS requires ships above 5,000 gross tonnage to start collecting and reporting fuel consumption and CO2 data from 2019. Hanseaticsoft’s Cloud MRV software has now added an option to capture and report that data within the application, available as a separate app or integrated into Hanseaticsoft’s ship management platform, Cloud Fleet Manager.

Like the EU MRV (monitoring, reporting and verification) regulation that came into force in January 2018, the IMO-DCS has been developed to monitor and reduce CO2 by measuring emissions in the maritime industry. The EU MRV and IMO-DCS schemes overlap in various areas, with the IMO-DCS regulation covering the rest of the world outside Europe.

IMO-DCS data will be reported to a ship’s flag state after the end of each calendar year and verified to ensure it has been reported in accordance with the requirements, after which a statement of compliance is issued for the ship.

The data collection requirements include origin and destination information; the amount of fuel consumed in total and the emission factors; the amount of CO2 emitted; the distance travelled; time spent at sea, as well as the cargo carried and details of transport work.

“We’re pleased to announce that we’ve extended our MRV module to include the IMO-DCS regulation – adding all the formulas for the calculations, as well the ability to see distinctive IMO and MRV areas in the report section of our software,” said Alexander Buchmann, managing director of Hanseaticsoft.

“This Cloud-based solution enables companies to easily collate emissions data and have reports at their fingertips. As soon as the data is entered and synchronised, it can be accessed immediately by shipping staff no matter where they are based.”

“The new IMO-DCS feature is free for existing Cloud MRV customers and ensures they are well prepared for the new regulation coming into effect in 2019.”{/mprestriction}

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    With the maritime industry in constant change due to new regulations and processes, and the COVID-19 pandemic having had a dramatic impact on economies around the world, shipping companies need to stay competitive and plan for their future, says managing director of Hanseaticsoft, Alexander Buchmann. 

    He notes these challenges are leading more shipping companies to move their management processes and systems into the cloud, to optimise their processes and increase efficiencies.

    However, there are still some in companies which are slow to invest in digital systems and software because they do not understand how easy it can be.

    “Going digital can really help maritime companies futureproof their businesses – moving them away from outdated, legacy technology systems to using intuitive and flexible cloud-based solutions to manage their entire fleets," said Buchmann. "Some may get left behind because they are unaware of just how simple it is to move to the cloud. They wrongly assume that changing their software would involve manually transferring all their information and data which would take significant time and money. They worry they may lose vital information especially if data is held in different systems or they may need to allocate extra man hours to get this done."

    “But this isn’t the case. It is a very straightforward process to transfer data from a wide range of older maritime management systems quickly and without staff having to dedicate time doing this. Thanks to a variety of powerful application programme interfaces, or APIs, data can be imported from most maritime systems into a new software solution.

    “As we move through the pandemic, we expect more companies will adopt cloud-based software solutions to streamline their management and operational processes, become more efficient and stay competitive in what could be challenging economic conditions ahead.”

    One of the key benefits of using cloud-based software is that it enables the real-time sharing of information and data. With data accessible in one central place, it breaks down business silos and enables employees to communicate, share information and collaborate easily no matter where they are located.

    Business critical information such as important maritime instructions, crew schedules, payroll data and other key communications can be shared by the team onshore with crews at sea and actioned immediately, ensuring the company is responsive and dynamic and can react to any situation.

    It also supports better data management and analysis which improves business decision making, business performance and success. The cloud facilitates the sharing of data from different sources, which can be transmitted from vessels simply and quickly. Data is synchronised as soon as it is entered into the system and can be accessed immediately by all relevant personnel.

    Hanseaticsoft's maritime software supports shipping operations without additional training. It can be used in the office, on mobile devices, and on ships. Data is securely saved and readily available in the cloud, allowing employees to access the same materials and work processes wherever they are based. 

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