Singapore-based Epic Gas Ship Management has completed the roll-out of a range of electronic navigation and voyage planning services from GNS to its entire fleet, on the back of a contract agreed following the completion of a tender process that included sea and shore-based trials of the technology systems over a six-month period.
The services supplied include route planning and monitoring through to the transfer of ENCs to onboard ECDIS equipment for voyage execution.
“The most important thing for us is safe transportation of our cargoes globally,” said Capt. Martin Brzuska, Head of Group Marine Assurance, DPA at Epic Gas.
“We wanted a solution that would really enhance bridge operations and support our crews in improving safety and efficiency onboard. Crew feedback on the GNS solution during our trials was exceptional across all areas, in particular ease of use and simplicity, as well as the sophistication of the tools provided. GNS’s Voyager solution has become a great tool for us.”
GNS will provide digital charts and publications, paper products and navigational software tools to Epic’s fleet of 38 gas tankers, as well as its V-Drive tool for transferring ENCs and updates to ECDIS. A new GPS overlay system providing real time vessel positioning back of bridge is also part of the package.
The deal additionally includes Voyager FLEET INSIGHT, the online GNS service for ship managers, which will give the office team at Epic Gas access to fleet analytics, as well as office-based tools to manage safety and compliance.