Singapore tests wearables system to support crew changes

A seafarer health and quarantine status monitoring system using wearable technologies has completed a testing programme in Singapore, with 170 seafarers taking part in the three-month trial.

The project was carried out by KaHa, a Singapore Internet of Things (IoT) and smart wearables firm, with medical partners Aventus Medical Care and the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), under the Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Resilience (SG-STAR) Fund Call-for-Trials Proposals (CFP).

The SG-STAR Fund is a global tripartite initiative with international partners including the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) and the International Chamber of Shipping, working with stakeholders in seafaring nations to develop new methods for safe crew changes.

The KaHa Digital Monitoring Solution is an integrated smart health platform comprising a tamper-proof smart wearable, mobile app, geofence locator, remote monitoring dashboard and automatic alerts.

The system monitors and provides detailed logs of a seafarer’s key vitals (temperature, heart rate, SPO2, activity level and sleep patterns), linked with automated geofence quarantine alerts and health symptoms monitoring.

The technology analyses and triangulates the information collected and is able to detect abnormalities and assess risks, the company says, with authorised stakeholders notified of any abnormalities and quarantine breaches in real-time via SMS. Further screening can then be conducted via an in-app Screening Questionnaire.

The Digital Monitoring Solution can also be used to store regulatory compliance records required for forward travel, including a seafarer’s PCR test results, fit-to-travel certificate, temperature log, location records and health and travel history. KaHa says that data storage is managed in compliance with applicable data privacy policies and access is limited to authorised users.

“The success of our trial has positive ramifications far beyond the maritime industry, as workplaces across all sectors see a return to the office. We are delighted with the successful trial and are looking forward to a global rollout of our platform in the coming months,” said CEO and co-founder of KaHa, Pawan Gandhi.

“Our platform is a fully integrated solution for all sectors that need to resume work within the constraints of a dynamic working environment for the foreseeable future.”

Zeaborn Ship Management, via the company’s Singapore operation, was one of the vessel operators taking part in the trial, and it hopes technologies like these can help in allowing seafarers to disembark more easily from ships and get home to their families when arriving in port.

“(Zeaborn) is acutely aware that hundreds of thousands of seafarers are stranded aboard vessels due to the Covid-19 pandemic making it difficult for them to be signed on/off on time,” said Tony Bartlett, Crew Management Team Leader at Zeaborn.

“To assist in solving this problem and in the hope of persuading governments to treat seafarers as frontline workers and allow their free movement, we immediately agreed to participate in the KaHa Digital Solution trial, part of SG-STAR Fund’s Digital Solution, in enhancing and reinforcing crews’ compliance during the quarantine phase.”

“We see the benefit of such schemes and fully support the KaHa Digital Solution, which will greatly benefit the industry and seafarers worldwide. Singapore is an important driver behind such initiatives to support safe seafarer relief, and we are proud to be part of these efforts.”

Share this story

About the Author

Picture of Rob O'Dwyer
Rob O'Dwyer

Rob is Chief Network Officer and one of the founders of Smart Maritime Network. He also serves as Chairman of the Smart Maritime Council. Rob has worked in the maritime technology sector since 2005, managing editorial for a range of leading publications in the transport and logistics sector. Get in touch by email by clicking here, or on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Further Reading

News Archive