Navis has been selected as a partner for liner operator Yang Ming, and ship owner and manager China Navigation and Eastern Pacific.
Through this partnership, Navis’ loading computers will be installed on 20 container vessel new builds, a third of the projected global TEU capacity of container vessels with delivery in 2019.
In addition to the basic container vessel module, MACS3, the industry standard for container vessels, has been ordered with additional integrated modules including Dangerous Goods (DG), SEALASH and TROP, emphasising the segregation and stowage of dangerous goods in compliance with IMDG code, updates of latest cargo securing regulations and trim optimisation.
Yang Ming Marine Transportation Corporation is currently ranked at number eight out of Alphaliner’s top 100 container vessel liner operators and servicing a fleet of more than 100 container vessels. The liner runs a newbuilding programme at Taiwan-based CSBC Corporation shipyard comprising ten 2,800 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) container vessels.
The newbuilds, with the hull number 1,113-1,122, will be delivered between January 2020 and February 2021 and equipped with the loading computer with integrated SEALASH module by Navis. MACS3 is currently the only loading computer on the market covering cargo-securing regulations from all major classification societies including American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), DNV GL and China Corporation Register Taiwan and Bureau Veritas (BV). Using the class-approved lashing engine integrated into MACS3 will enable Yang Ming to increase safety and container intake, as well as cargo efficiency.
Singapore-based China Navigation, the deep-sea shipowner and operating unit of Swire Group, will implement its four 2,350 TEU container vessels and the four 2,750 TEU container vessels currently being built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard, China, with MACS3 loading computer. By choosing MACS3 trim optimisation module TROP, China Navigation who operates a fleet of more than 70 vessels is executing on its vision of being the leading provider of sustainable shipping solutions. Two of the newbuilds will be delivered during 2019 and the remaining six are expected to be commissioned by the year 2020.
Additionally, Singapore-based ship manager Eastern Pacific Shipping will install MACS3 loading computer on board of two 15,100 TEU container vessels currently under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industry, South Korea. Eastern Pacific’s ship management services emphasise the safety of the ship and cargo, therefore, MACS3 will go on board to control the vessel’s stability and strength as well as the compliance with IMDG stowage and segregation rules. The software will be delivered with the integrated lashing module SEALASH approved by Lloyd’s Register according to latest BoxMax class notation.
“In times of increasing cargo incidents on board container vessels, rising fuel prices and growing call for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, ship operators look for tools to ensure not only compliance with safety regulations,” said Selke Eichler, director of global customer support at Navis. “Innovative tools should offer recommendations for the crews to optimise safety, utilisation and fuel consumption, ideally all integrated from one source. We are proud that container vessel operators trust in the industry-standard MACS3.”
Established in 1984, MACS3 has a cumulative vessel profile library of more than 5,000 vessel descriptions of various vessel types, amongst them container vessels, bulk carriers, multipurpose vessels, tanker vessels and passenger vessels. In the segment of container vessels, MACS3 holds a share of approximately 65%.
Following the integration of MACS3 with XVELA’s collaborative platform and on-premise stowage planning solution StowMan, customers profit from a faster check of stability and lashing calculations since the vessel planner of the terminals and ocean carriers can see the same results as the vessel while creating their plan, resulting in a quicker start of loading and discharging operations at the terminal.
Furthermore, MACS3 has been deployed for the training of future nautical officers by maritime colleges and universities worldwide.
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