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German shipowner Hapag-Lloyd is using GL HullManager to help reduce repair costs and demonstrate regulatory compliance

In hard tImes, shIpowners turn to software Solutions help cut operating, repair cost, improve environmental footprint


he recent global economic downturn put intense pressure on shipowners to cut costs. A recent report by international account and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average 1.8 percent in 2012. This compares with an average rise of 2.1 percent in costs recorded in 2011. Moore Stephens says there was a significant reduction in costs across all categories—crew, repair and maintenance, fuel and stores—and it was clear that shipowners had been focusing on managing costs and conserving cash in 2012. Shipowners have been using a variety of methods to cut costs—most notably slow steaming. Another perhaps less obvious tool is ship management software. Ta k e f o r e x a m p l e G e r m a n s h i p owner Hapag-Lloyd, one of the largest container shipping lines in the world, which is implementing GL HullManager as it central monitoring and reporting tool for hull maintenance activities. GL HullManager is a part of DNV GL’s fleet management software portfolio and provides shipowners, 34 MARINE LOG October 2013

managers and operators hull inspection and thickness measurement support. Shipowners can use the system to plan, track and implement the inspection strategies for their fleet. It provides significant benefits by reducing repair costs, demonstrating regulatory compliance and streamlining internal processes. “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,” says LutzMichael Dyck, Director of Technical Fleet Management. The system is expected to be implemented on the first ships this year. Ship owners can use GL HullManager to keep track of the condition of their vessel’s hull, on a ship specific 3D model complete with all of the ship’s structural details. It supports the complete hull integrity process, from inspections to reporting and condition assessments of tanks, cargo holds and coatings, throughout its entire lifecycle by means of crew inspections and thickness measurements. The use of the vessel-specific 3D model enables visualization and assessment of the hull’s structural condition. The

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crew can mark any coating or structural failures on the 3D model, such as marking an individual finding or adding a photo and descriptions, 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 synchronized. Stored in a lifecycle database, hull condition data for each individual vessel can be traced over time. Sister ships from the same fleet can be compared easily. A dashboard overview of the entire ship makes it easy to pinpoint any critical findings by crew or third-party inspectors. Shipowners, ship operators and ship managers report similar success utilizing the NS5 Enterprise software from ABS Nautical Systems, Houston, TX. ABS Nautical Systems recently signed new contracts with three separate European vessel operators for use of its NS5 Enterprise software. Athens, Greece-based, Central Mare Inc. plans to utilize the Energy & Environmental Manager, Maintenance Manager

October 2013 Marine Log Magazine