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Hong Kong's Wah Kwong implements ShipManager software by DNV GL

Wah Kwong Ship Management (HK) Limited will adopt DNV GL's ShipManager integrated fleet management software suite to further improve operational efficiency, data transparency and safety reporting.

Photo: DNV GL. Signing ceremony in Hong Kong, where senior management from Wah Kwong Ship Management, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited and DNV GL marked the official start of the project and their partnership for the future.

Wah Kwong - a leading provider of maritime transport

Wah Kwong is a leading provider of maritime transport in the bulk carrier, tanker and LPG segments, operating a current fleet of 26 vessels, with nine more newbuilds on the way. Wah Kwong’s implementation of ShipManager supports its strategy of offering the highest standards of safety and quality of operations. In the face of increasing compliance requirements and a growing fleet, a new, integrated and professional fleet management software system is essential. The implementation of ShipManager will simplify and optimize the ship management by allowing extensive fleet-wide data collection and analysis.

Efficient ship operations

“We are entering into this project with the same aspirations we have with regards to everything we do in ship management,” says Tim Huxley, CEO Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings, explaining the decision to implement ShipManager. ”We aim to continually improve efficiency and safety and strive to be ‘best in class’ when it comes to operating our fleet. By streamlining our processes across all ship management functions, we will relieve the documentation burden, particularly for those at sea, whilst better monitoring and improved data quality will assist in all key decisions we make.”

The success of the project ultimately lies with the end users of the system – Wah Kwong’s staff and crew. “Our choice of DNV GL’s ShipManager  system was in part driven by the fact that it is technically innovative, easy to learn and user-friendly,” says Mr Huxley.

Region for growth

“We in DNV GL are very pleased to secure yet another ShipManager contract in Hong Kong,” says Are Føllesdal Tjønn, DNV GL. “This reinforces the success we are experiencing with ShipManager in the market in general but particularly in Asia. Being the leading classification society and the leading provider of ship management software puts us in a unique position to serve the market with unparalleled products and services. We look forward to a successful implementation and continuing support of ShipManager with Wah Kwong,” he says.

Sanjeev Verma, Vetting Manager of Wah Kwong and project lead for the software evaluation, says they were primarily focused on finding a software system to support QHSE initiatives and processes. “However, it quickly became clear to us that with an integrated solution across our different ship management functions, we can achieve much greater efficiency gains,” says Mr Verma. “We were impressed by DNV GL’s professional consultation in the evaluation period. In addition to its software, we feel very confident in DNV GL as a provider who can ensure successful project implementation and support us for the future.”

The entire integrated ShipManager suite, comprising Technical Management, Drydocking, Procurement, Document Management, Risk Management, Safety Management Reporting, Crewing and BI / Fleet Analytics, will be implemented by Wah Kwong over the next 18 months. This decision comes after nearly 12 months of careful evaluation of more than 10 different fleet management systems.

About ShipManager:

ShipManager fleet management system offers ship management solutions supporting management of vessels and fleets in all technical, operational and compliance aspects.

About Wah Kwong

Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited own, and jointly own through joint venture arrangements, one of the youngest fleets of modern mid- to large- sized bulk carriers, tankers and small pressurized LPG carriers in the world. With an average age of around four years, the fleet is employed on time charter to major charterers representing some of the leading companies in global commodity and raw material transportation.

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