First Chinese order for GL HullManager

01 Aug 2012
GL HullManager allows crew members to mark findings, attach photos and descriptions to a 3D model of the vessel, which can then be viewed onshore (GL Group)

GL HullManager allows crew members to mark findings, attach photos and descriptions to a 3D model of the vessel, which can then be viewed onshore (GL Group)

GL Maritime Software has received its first order from a client in China for the GL HullManager hull integrity management software. Shanghai COSCO will install the system on seven vessels of its containership fleet.

A ship management tool developed by the maritime software business of the GL Group, GL HullManager is a software and service package for ship owners, managers and operators. It supports the complete hull integrity process, from inspections to reporting and condition assessments of tanks, cargo holds and coatings, throughout the lifecycle by means of crew inspections and thickness measurements.

The use of a vessel-specific 3D model enables visualisation and assessment of the hull's structural condition. The crew can mark any coating or structural failures on the 3D model, such as marking an individual finding or adding a photo and description, which can then be assessed by superintendents onshore. "This allows the shipping companies to prove to charterers that their ships are maintained to high standards, and in addition reduces maintenance efforts, the cost of repairs, and drydocking or offhire times," said Dr Torsten Buessow, head of GL's Maritime Software business.

"Leveraging GL HullManager, we expect our ship maintenance can be conducted in a more cost-effective and transparent fashion," said Mr Mao Jianliang, general manager of Shanghai COSCO.

"COSCO is one of the world's leaders in quality shipping. We are very proud to have COSCO join our user community and to support them with our advanced hull integrity solution," said Dr. Buessow.

Since its introduction in 2011, GL HullManager has been installed onboard more than 150 vessels of all kinds, and in owners' onshore offices.

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