HS Schiffahrts digitalises inspections and reporting

HS Schiffahrts Group has agreed a partnership with Berlin-based Kaiko Systems to use its software to digitalise technical management processes across the entire HS Schiffahrts managed fleet of container ships and bulk carriers.

The system to be provided by Kaiko will used to manage routine safety inspections, visual hull and equipment inspections, and reports such as those for stevedore damages, collecting operational data in a standardised format to be used to further process optimisation.

The deal was agreed following two months of testing on one of HS Schiffahrts’ container vessels to evaluate the potential benefits for both crews and technical superintendents in performing inspections and reporting.

“The benefits of digitising inspections are obvious. We chose to partner with Kaiko Systems because of their ability to provide almost real-time fleet health insights. With their platform, crews are guided to conduct inspections, and can document manual work easily,” said Bernhard Johannes Schepers, Managing Partner at HS Schiffahrts Group.

“Vessel visits have recently become an increasingly arduous process. Because the data is verified and structured, we now can examine the actual vessel condition thoroughly from the office. On top of which, findings are generated in the system automatically. This allows our technical team to make better decisions and focus the maintenance effort on the right areas and parts.”

HS Schiffahrts will adopt some of Kaiko Systems’ latest software innovations following the roll-out, including its new Company Forms and AI-based corrosion detection capabilities.

The Company Forms system is used to identify and automatically fill in common information across various reports, while the AI-based corrosion detection tool provides a data-driven method to quantify corrosion of a vessel’s hull and equipment.

“We certainly feel proud to be working with such a well-respected company as HS Schiffahrts Group,” said Fabian Fussek, Co-Founder and CEO of Kaiko Systems.

“Their speed of execution and focus on effective operations are inspiring. Notably, we have witnessed an increasing number of family-owned companies taking well informed and decisive action when it comes to digitisation. These companies possess a clear understanding of the problems they need to address and are fast at evaluating solutions.”

“This trend indicates that mobile-based inspection is on the verge of becoming ubiquitous throughout the industry. Kaiko Systems is dedicated to providing pragmatic and reliable solutions that yield immediate value for our customers. Our growing fleet serves as a testament to the performance and versatility of our solution.”

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