Company Detailed Profile and History
Simplicity is the key to success.
In an ever more complex world, U.K. based Marine Software Limited has adhered to the above motto, which forms the cornerstone of its development philosophy. Convinced of the need to offer ship owners and managers with robust, budget priced, simple to use and learn systems with a minimum training requirement. Marine Software has had many successful years since the launch of Marine Planned Maintenance for Windows system on 1st January 2000.
Software has already been installed on well over 600 vessels to date with many more on order. Marine Planned Maintenance for Windows was originally DNV Type Approved on 25th April 2000, and we have expanded our product range to include Stock Control, Purchasing, Safety Management and Refit (Dry-Dock) Management. We even have a Document Management system to control any documentation including ISM/ISPS and company specific documentation.
The range of installed vessels are from the P&O Ferries super ferry 'Pride of Hull', VLCC tankers and even to support vessels for the Royal Navy, all demonstrating the flexibility of the software, both comprehensive enough to cope with a demanding installation but simple enough to use for a support boat.
Global Marine Systems have purchased a series of systems to oversee the maintenance requirements of their Sub-Sea equipment including ROV (Remote Underwater Vehicles) and Ploughs. The software will travel with each individual piece of equipment as it is transferred between vessels.
Midocean (IOM) Ltd based in Isle of Man have installed systems on all of the vessels that they manage on behalf of the Delmas Group.
Onboard systems are complemented with office based systems, which are capable of running multiple vessels. Each vessel database in an office system can be either a slave, importing data from the remote onboard system, or a master, actually running the planned maintenance system ashore. The latter configuration is ideal for small harbour based craft, too small to justify a computer installation on board, issuing job lists and updating the vessel's system from job completion sheets.
Office systems can also manage defects reported raised by the vessel, updating both systems until the defect is cleared, thus addressing the ISM requirement. Maintenance data is transferred from the onboard systems using Marine Software's Data Transfer System to produce ZIP files, which can be sent either on floppy disks/USB keys or as email attachments. The floppy disk method of data transfer once again demonstrates the simplest possible solution to provide the functionality required whilst enabling customers with a more sophisticated communication infrastructure to benefit from email.
To date, over 150 office 'multiple-ship' systems have been delivered. Some of them have even been Superintendent systems, installed on notebook computers, travelling with the Superintendent. In this way, planned maintenance data is readily available throughout the management structure.
Marine Storekeeper for Windows stock control system was launched on 1st January 2001 providing easy to use stock control to complement the planned maintenance system. Whilst implemented as a separate system, stock can be issued from within the planned maintenance system whilst entering job completions, and the inventory can be accessed from the PM JobCard screen on a look up basis. Marine Storekeeper provides all the normal stock control functions like maximum level, re-order point, stock on hand, minimum order level and refit addition. It also produces requisitions from stock, either automatically, using the preset levels, or manually.
Marine Storekeeper systems have been installed onboard Pride of Rotterdam for P&O Ferries, UND Akedeniz Ro-Ro freight ferry and five systems for Global Marine Systems sub-sea equipment. Global Marine Systems have also taken delivery of three office systems for Marine Storekeeper.
We now have a 'Health & Safety' division to compliment the new 'Marine Safety Manager' (MSM) system where we can also offer the services of a chartered registered Health & Safety practitioner, experienced in ship board operations. They have also conducted ship visits in the auditing capacity and provide professional advice on how best to manage all Risk Assessments in either paper or electronic format.
The latest client to join us is P&O Ferries where they successfully implemented Planned Maintenance, Stock Control and Procurement for their UK fleet. We also interfaced the procurement system into their CODA financial system so that accounts payable can easily match supplier invoices to goods received notes (GRN's).
Marine Software can provide software systems with empty databases or can provide technical set-up services from a professional team, well experienced in this area.
Marine Software's product line now includes the following systems which can all be operated independently or form part of an integrated business suite:
- Marine Planned Maintenance for Windows (DNV Type Approved)
- Marine Storekeeper for Windows
- Marine Purchasing System for Windows
- Marine Project Manager
- Marine Safety Manager
- Marine Document Manager
- Office Systems
- Marine Planned Maintenance Lite for Windows
- Marine Storekeeper Lite for Windows
- Industrial Planned Maintenance for Windows
- Industrial Safety Manager
- Industrial Document Manager