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;
Entering Greece has been a huge milestone for VesselMan
GasLog Ltd is a leading global provider of LNG shipping services. They deliver natural gas that is helping the world transition to a lower carbon future.
We are excited to announce a new client relationship with Altera.
Altera is a leading offshore services group, primarily focused on the ownership and operation of critical infrastructure assets in offshore oil regions of the North Sea, Brazil and the East Coast of Canada. The company is commitment to be at the forefront of sustainability.
VesselMan is excited to announce a new client relationship with Bourbon. BOURBON operates in 47 countries, with a modern and standardised fleet of more than 483 vessels and 31 operating affiliates. The group is a leading service provider in the offshore oil and gas industry. The company headquarter is located in Marseille, France.
“At VesselMan we are very excited to implement our cloud-based solution for Bourbon. We are truly delighted to have been given this opportunity and we are thrilled to work with Bourbon. A milestone for us moving into the offshore market with VesselMan ” CEO Glenn Edvardsen
VesselMan is proud and excited to announce that Stove Shipping has entered into an agreement to utilize the VesselMan platform for collaboration and management.
“We at Stove Shipping are looking forward to exploring the VesselMan’s functionalities and eager to apply the software to our processes. This way we can achieve lean collaboration across our department and the 3rd party ship management company, at the same time build structured processes when carrying out technical projects. By the use of VesselMan we can reduce the administrative efforts and contribute to having better control of cost, time and transparency when executing dry-docking projects” says Pål Gilde, Technical Fleet Manager, Stove Shipping.