In an period of ever-smarter transport, one key space of vessel and fleet administration seems caught at the hours of darkness ages. Pierre Dominé explains
why Stolt Tankers is quickly transitioning to digital logbooks, unlocking a broad vary of massive knowledge advantages.
Though the swap from paper to digital logbooks is but to be mandated, Pierre Dominé, High quality Assurance & Investigation Specialist, Stolt Tankers, sees no want to attend. “There’s so much data across a single vessel’s portfolio of record books, and so much potential for gathering all of that together on a fleet-wide basis for better understanding, analysis and decision-making,” he says.
“However, at present, the standard is an array of large paper books, which officers have to physically write in, taking them away from other
duties. There’s no real standardisation, and little chance for verification or validation, while sharing documentation (for example, for commercial or regulatory/port authority needs) requires ‘old fashioned’ methods such as photocopying, scanning, and faxing.”
Dominé stresses that this isn’t simply time-consuming and impractical, but in addition a supply of potential human/clerical error, as a result of handwritten nature of the books. “In a digital age,” he provides, “I’m glad there’s finally an alternative.”
On 1 October 2020, IMO enabled using digital logbooks in lieu of onerous copy data. Books coated by this measure embrace Oil Document Books (ORB Half 1 and a pair of), Cargo Document Guide, Rubbish Document Guide, and Document of Gasoline Oil Changeover, to call a number of. Dominé, no stranger to the restrictions of analogue logbooks, having spent 17 of his 26 years at Stolt Tankers as a Grasp Mariner, was already forward of the sport. Along with different seasoned consultants, he noticed the transfer coming and he was an early adopter of INTERTANKO’s ‘Practical
Considerations for Selecting Electronic Record Book (ERB) Products and Suppliers’.
Business progress since 2020, he says, has been gradual, however change is step by step taking maintain. “It takes time to change behaviour,” he feedback, “but seafarers, once they’ve been introduced to a good system, quickly see the benefits in having one application, on one screen, where data can be easily entered, and in some cases electronically captured for validation. “Everything is so much easier with a simple, standardised approach.”
NAVTOR’s digital logbook resolution – bringing vessel administration ‘out of the darkish ages’. Picture courtesy Navtor
Nevertheless, one of many hurdles, he believes, is that consciousness of the advantages – at a vessel and industrial stage – is missing, whereas some digital techniques usually are not but “living up to the potential”. He explains that, throughout the business, there are too many “advanced PDFs” slightly than tailor-made options the place AI and machine studying can drive enhancements, enabling advantages similar to studying engine ‘trends’ (and thereby delivering smarter preventive upkeep schedules) and benchmarking throughout fleets for duties similar to gasoline transfers, serving to create finest practices.
“Logbooks are overloaded with so much data,” Dominé stresses. “So, instead of just making them ‘electronic’ how do we utilise smart digital
solutions to turn that into business and operational value? That’s the opportunity here.”
The Stolt Tankers workforce has been researching digital logbook options since 2019 and, in June 2022, began a strategy of fleet-wide transformation. Stolt Tankers has partnered with Norway’s NAVTOR, a frontrunner inside e-Navigation and efficiency monitoring and optimization, to refine a easy, sensible, and standardised resolution. The digital package deal, a part of NAVTOR’s onboard ‘ecosystem’ (seamlessly connecting vessels, groups, belongings, and areas) delivers the large knowledge advantages Stolt Tankers is in search of, whereas lowering the potential for human error,
making compliance simpler, and serving to seafarers sort out the executive burden of guide logs.
“We’ve had an excellent interaction with them,” he states, “totally open lines of communication, with a real desire from their side to understand
and solve our problems. The result is an integrated, intuitive, and intelligent approach that we’re now rolling out. “It’s an excellent tool for the crew and, on the owner side, opens almost unlimited doors of possibility for real-time data monitoring, efficiency, and continually enhanced sustainability. For a business like Stolt Tankers, that is key.”
On the time of writing, Dominé and the Stolt Tankers workforce had put in NAVTOR’s Class and Flag State authorized resolution on some 60 vessels, with plans to finish the roll out (a complete of 105 ships) by the top of this 12 months.
Dominé acknowledges that Stolt Tankers has emerged as “early adopters” however believes that, regardless that there’s no present mandate, different
forward-thinking shipowners and operators will inevitably observe go well with… and shortly.
“Why wouldn’t they?” he notes. “You don’t send a letter if you want to contact a friend anymore, or fax handwritten work details to colleagues … there are better, smarter, more efficient ways to do those things, and that goes for shipping and logbooks too.”
For an business that’s on the forefront of world commerce, with vessels and crews enterprise important operations, there’s an crucial, he stresses, to make use of the perfect options for optimum determination making and operations. “This is a major behavioural change,” he concludes, “but one that can lead to major benefits – and not just for crews, but for a broad range of stakeholders. “Digitalization is transforming shipping… and it’s time for logbooks to catch up.”