Kongsberg nets Marshall Islands and Singapore success

May 19 2017

The Maritime Administrator of the Marshall Islands has extended its approval of the K-Fleet Logbook system, enabling over 4,000 flag state registered vessels to introduce digital reporting for oil record and garbage record logbooks.


The approval states that K-Fleet Logbook may now be used to fulfil the requirements of the Marshall Islands Maritime Regulations (Marine Notice No. 7-041-5) to maintain a deck and navigation log, an engine room log, an oil record book, cargo record book, a garbage record book and a radio log.


As part of the K-Fleet suite, K-Fleet Logbook is a modular solution for digital reporting under IMO, Marpol, SOLAS and flag state requirements. The system collects data from ship systems into central data storage manually or automatically and supports event based recording of data related to navigation, engine, oil record book, garbage handling, port calls and other operational activities.


“Many shipping companies are in the process of digitalising operations so this acceptance is highly important to us and the 4,000 plus vessels registered to the Marshall Islands, who can now record more activity through our K-Fleet Logbook solution and integrate it with K-Fleet. We hope that this will catalyse further acceptance in other major flag states, enabling even more ships to meet their reporting requirements effectively,” said Rune Stålstrøm, product manager – vessel & fleet performance, Kongsberg Maritime.


As part of the approval notice, the Marshall Islands administration emphasised K-Fleet Logbook’s ability to be integrated with the K-Fleet Voyage application to monitor and report daily voyage data in support of and to meet the compliance needs of the forthcoming requirements of new EU-regulation 2015/757, which is a result of the EU calling for a global approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.


Kongsberg introduced a new CO2 monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) application for the K-Fleet suite in December, 2016. The solution has been assessed as meeting the EU requirements.


Kongsberg is also involved in the SESAME Straits project, which uses e-Navigation concepts to reduce maritime traffic congestion and hot spots, as well as improve traffic safety and efficiency.


Leading up to the recent Singapore Maritime Technology Conference, the project conducted a successful demonstration in close collaboration with Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) in Singapore.


The SESAME Straits project (Secure, Efficient, and Safe maritime traffic Management in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore) is a three-year joint Singapore and Norway project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council and led by Kongsberg Norcontrol in close collaboration with project partners, including the Norwegian Coastal Administration, Navtor, University of South East Norway, SINTEF Ocean, Kongsberg Seatex, Kongsberg Maritime plus Singaporean partners.


“The successful test in the Straits of Singapore proved the potential of utilising e-Navigation and ship to shore communications in order to increase safety and efficiency of maritime operations. The results of the project prove that the technology has the potential of being a game changer,” said Geir Håøy, Kongsberg president and CEO.


The SESAME Straits partner consortium is already planning a follow-up project that will take the just-in-time arrival technology further by introducing automated ship-to-shore reporting, route optimisation, and linking port services and logistics to the ship’s arrival time, thereby further increasing efficiency and reducing waiting time.


“This project is a true collaboration, both between the two maritime nations of Norway and Singapore, as well as between the project partners. All participants have provided expertise and technology that has made this solution possible to develop and now for the first time test in a full-scale. It’s a team effort all the way, and looking at the potential, we are eager to continue the development,” said Håøy.  


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