ABS Wavesight eLogs approved for US-flagged vessels

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has formally approved the use of ABS Wavesight’s eLogs software for use by US-flagged ships, allowing the digital versions of included logs to be accepted in place of their paper equivalents.

The eLogs application is designed to help crew members manage shipboard recordkeeping and features more than 20 logbooks, including all MARPOL-required logbooks. The system has been designed to ensure compliance with IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee standards, SOLAS and BWM Convention principles.

ABS Wavesight one of only three maritime software providers to receive such approval based on the USCG’s guidance under USCG NVIC 01-23, alongside NAVTOR and Kongsberg Digital.

“The maritime industry is entering an era of rapid digitalisation,” said Gurinder Singh, Director of Solutions Engineering at ABS Wavesight.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of that transformation, and the fact that our eLogs software meets all of the US Coast Guard’s stringent requirements is even more evidence of our leadership position.”

In related news, the classification society parent organisation of Wavesight, ABS, has published new class rules to support the development of designs and equipment employing emerging technologies, with the ABS Marine Vessel Rules now including a set of tailored functional requirements and a standardised risk-based methodology providing a path for class approval.

“ABS’ rules are built to adapt to a new and dynamic technological world,” said Christopher Wiernicki, Chairman and CEO of ABS.

“By enhancing our rules with risk-based requirements and strengthening our technical content to add functional requirements aligned to prescriptive criteria, ABS enables the safe and rapid adoption of innovation and technology to support our clients’ and the maritime industry’s evolving decarbonisation and digital ambitions.”

The rules introduce categories of critical ship design elements, each underpinned by functional requirements. Alternative arrangements and new technologies may be accepted if designers, shipyards, owners, equipment manufacturers or others demonstrate compliance with the functional requirements.

Applicable ABS prescriptive rules remain in place for conventional designs, technologies and arrangements that follow the traditional approval process.

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