Bulk carrier operator Hanzevast Shipping reports that it has completed an update of all onboard IT and communications systems on the vessels Hanze Gdansk, Hanze Gendt, Hanze Genua and Hanze Göteborg, in cooperation with Castor Marine.
The new systems will be used to provide better remote troubleshooting on board, to reduce the need for IT staff to travel to the vessels to resolve issues by allowing direct connections from shore.
“At Hanzevast we do not just operate any vessels, we take a very close interest in their performance, both from a commercial and financial position and from a sustainable and crew welfare point of view,” said Peter Dekker, Director at Hanzevast Shipping.
“This means we want our vessels to always be well-maintained. When it became apparent that the existing onboard communications infrastructure was no longer fit for purpose, we quickly decided to seek options and alternatives.”
“One of the reasons we chose Castor Marine was that they offer 24/7 remote monitoring and support services, which we feel is crucial. The more so because our vessels operate worldwide. The fact that the software can be monitored and updated remotely was a deciding factor.”
Hanzevast Shipping operates four 35,000 dwt Handysize bulk carriers, with four 30-ton cranes and a Green Passport. In addition, the company has chartered the OSV Noordhoek Pathfinder to N-Sea Group, a support and maintenance vessel for North Sea Offshore Wind installations.
“I am pleased to say that the project has been successfully completed. We delivered and installed the full network, including servers, access points, switches, firewalls, thin clients, printers and more,” said Mark Olthuis, director at Castor Marine.
“In addition, Hanzevast has subscribed to our support services, which means that the crew can literally call on us at any time in the knowledge we will help them to the best of our abilities.”