Hong Kong-based Wallem Ship Management has placed an order for DNV Navigator to be installed in its managed fleet of more than 190 ships.
The navigator simplifies port clearance procedures and ensures the crew have the right information at the right time, while also assisting the Master in handling the administrative and regulatory complexity of port operations, said DNV.
Wallem director of safety and quality Deepak Honawar said the company is striving continuously to manage their fleet in safer and more cost effective ways.
"We were impressed by how quickly DNV responded to our demands and added new elements in the system," Honawar said.
"We have great expectations for the use of the DNV Navigator and believe the product will play a key role in our portfolio of onboard applications."
According to DNV the system, which is a dedicated decisions support tool, facilitates compliance with requirements from charterers and port authorities. More than 1,200 port clearance forms already have ship information pre-filled so that required paperwork can be prepared in a few minutes and reduced by as much as 90%.
All world ports and terminals, including up-to-date nautical publications and data from UKHO, IHS Fairplay and others, are included in the system.
It has arrival and departure procedures for all major ports, and also a comprehensive nautical library that provides up-to date maritime-specific information.
The system is arranged for easy creation of Master’s notes for sharing port-specific knowledge within the fleet and shares information easily with other systems like crew databases, gangway control systems and ECDIS.
As per the deal, Wallem will make use of the work and rest hours module that allows for compliance with international legislation on rest hours for seafarers. In March 2012, the DNV Navigator, which was introduced in 2002 and already in use on more than 2,000 ships worldwide, will be installed across Wallem’s fleet.