Tymor Marine launches digital deadweight audit tool

Tymor Marine in Scotland has launched a new digital system designed to improve efficiency in the performance of statutory deadweight audits on commercial and naval vessels, reducing the time and costs involved in the process.

The DeadW8.net (DW8) product draws on a vessel-specific system to capture data and deliver proforma reports to fast-track submission to the authorities. It also builds a tracked history of prior deadweight information and lightship addition logs to update the vessel’s stability computer and assists in identifying any weight discrepancies.

The system can be updated by the crew using a mobile app to scan space related QR codes around the vessel, allowing related information to be displayed for verification or update. Objects can be added and removed along with visual records, measurements and notes.

DW8 can be tailored for single vessel-based users or allow shore-based users to access multiple vessel databases, the company says.

“DeadW8.net is a unique resource that will last for the life of the vessel, delivering cumulative intelligence, cost and efficiency savings and enhanced safety. Once installed, the system is completely independent, allowing any crew member, auditor or third-party to utilise it,” said Kevin Moran, managing director at Tymor.

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have accelerated investment in R&D to deliver new technology and improve operational efficiencies in the maritime sector. The introduction of DeadW8.net complements our remote auditing service, which was introduced earlier this year.”

“The commercial roll-out of DW8 is now underway. We are delighted to have received our first order from a major drilling contractor and would encourage anyone interested to get in touch.”

Deadweight vessel surveys are normally required every five years, or after major changes, and are performed by a team of auditors conducting onboard inspections. The surveys determine the weight and distribution of a vessel’s variable load, which includes the crew and their effects, temporary equipment, cargo, fuel and water.

This allows the lightweight (net structural and fixed weight) of the vessel to be determined by comparing the deadweight calculation with the draught measurement (water displacement). Any change in the lightweight reflects a change in the structure of the vessel which must be approved by the vessel’s own Flag State maritime authority.

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