"There is a great potential for digitizing technical management processes - or let me put it into context - make the already great processes and routines into a digital format. The potential for making your work more efficient and reduce cost and time are massive. Entering the role as General Manager in Singapore is something I am very proud of, and being a part of the digital transformation VesselMan is doing for shipping companies is a huge motivation for me.
Today, we are working with small and large companies - both ship managements and ship owners. Our ambition is to make help our clients with digital collaboration across borders and teams - especially in these new times where we have to welcome remote work and online tools to make our daily operation more efficient and transparent."
Orion Ship Management manages a total of 18 ships for owner Nova Shipping and Logistics; 4 tankers and 14 wood ship carriers. Four more new-buildings are coming into the fleet shortly.
As a leading shipping company, Nova Group has been operating in Singapore since 2008, and is committed in providing customer-oriented service and operational excellence. Supported by a strong customer base in the region’s resource-based industries, Nova has been steadily expanding it's fleet size and growing rapidly to meet the customers’ needs. Nova transports a variety of cargo including wood ships, pulp and paper, crude and refined palm oil, fertilizers and coal.
We are proud to announce that VesselMan has entered into an agreement with BW LPG to use VesselMan to manage the docking process for their whole fleet of vessels.
VesselMan is pleased to announce that they have signed a long-term agreement with the provision of cloud-based project management software with BOURBON. Bourbon is a leading marine service provider in the offshore oil and gas industry, operating in 44 countries with a modern and standardized fleet of 458 vessels. The agreement follows a six-month trial and review.
The digitization of the docking operations will help our engineers and superintendents to optimize costs, capitalize experience and gain efficiency and reliability all over the docking process. This long term partnership with Vesselman and Bourbon is finally a great added value for vessel owners, as the high level of docking expertise of Bourbon will be ‘smartly’ more accessible"
Innovation Norway has provided support for Greek company Ulysses Systems Hellas and Norway’s VesselMan to develop an integrated Planned Maintenance System and project management tool for technical projects. This joint project is part of the Greece Business Innovation program.
Greece Business Innovation is a program that was established to support access to finance for Greek companies working on projects with partners from the EEA Donor States (Lichtenstein, Iceland and Norway). Following the financial crisis, access to capital has remained one of the major issues for Greek Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. The Program is co-financed by the EEA Grants, part of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 funding round, as well as VesselMan and Ulysses Systems Hellas.
Article from The Digital Ship Magazine: Digital planning for dockings and repairs: interview with start-up VesselMan
When COVID-19 hit the shipping industry behind the kneecaps, we needed to react fast. As with many suppliers, a lot of our clients had ongoing projects that needed to be postponed, cancelled, or simply put on hold. Like many of us across the industry, we had to see multiple colleagues and connections get laid-off, and ships were stuck in places where border restrictions had been initiated. For a company that deals with dry-docking, suddenly, these projects were hard to execute.
In this ‘new world’, most yards difficult to enter and quarantine requirements made normal attendance very time-demanding, and as we know - time is money. By April the numbers started to show what was going on in the market. Vessels were being forced into layup, three times as many ships were placed in lay-up and twice as many were recycled compared to before COVID-19.
2020 has been challenging, but it has also showed that our industry has turned quick and is more forward leaning then we expected.
Summer holidays are fast approaching here in Norway and it is time to take stock of the first half of 2020.
At VesselMan, we started the year with fresh investor money and big plans for expanding our team and adding new modules to our software.Then COVID-19 struck, and optimism was replaced by uncertainty.
The shipping industry is going through massive changes and challenges. Covid-19 has impacted the ship owners, where there is a accelerated push to move from manual processes to a digital and remote environment. Travel restrictions, closed ports and lock downs are preventing service personnel, technical support and crew to execute on their work and follow up their responsibilities.
Sam Chamber, which is the editor director of Asia Shipping Media, shared some interesting and insightful perspectives last month (Sam Chamber, 2020). Chamber is criticizing Reuters article (Jonathan Saul, 2020) where they indirectly is saying that remote work and virtual inspections is a waste of time, and will not lead to time savings at all. Sam Chamber add the following statement;