Shipping companies Yang Ming, China Navigation and Eastern Pacific have agreed respective deals with maritime software company Navis to install loading computers on 20 container vessel newbuildings currently under construction, the companies report.
In addition to the basic container vessel module, MACS3, the software implementation projects will also include additional integrated modules for Dangerous Goods (DG), to manage segregation and stowage in compliance with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code.
Yang Ming Marine Transportation Corporation is running a newbuilding programme at Taiwan-based CSBC Corporation shipyard, which includes ten 2,800 TEU container vessels. The newbuildings will be delivered between January 2020 and February 2021, equipped with the new loading computer systems.
Singapore-based China Navigation, the deep-sea shipowner and operating unit of Swire Group, will install the software on its four 2,350 TEU container vessels, as well as four 2,750 TEU container vessels currently being built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard, China. Two of the newbuildings will be delivered during 2019, with the remaining six expected to be commissioned in 2020.
Ship manager Eastern Pacific Shipping, also based in Singapore, will install the loading computer on board two 15,100 TEU container vessels currently under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, South Korea.
“In times of increasing cargo incidents on board container vessels, rising fuel prices and growing calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, ship operators look for tools to (exceeed) compliance with safety regulations,” said Selke Eichler, Director of Global Customer Support at Navis.
“Innovative tools should offer recommendations for the crews to optimise safety, utilisation and fuel consumption – ideally all integrated from one source. We are proud that container vessel operators trust in the industry standard, MACS3.”