Maersk has chosen DNV GLs ShipManager system after a comprehensive selection process with 26 other shipmanagement software vendors globally. The world’s largest container shipping company will gain from the leading off-the-shelf ship management system by increased process efficiency and improved access to and analysis of information.
“The implementation of ShipManager on the pilot vessels is a major milestone in the project,” said Are Føllesdal Tjønn, Managing Director at DNV GL – Software. “We have a full dedicated team working with Maersk Line on the implementation. All the configurations and settings have been agreed upon,” he says.
“The feedback we have received so far from Ebba Maersk, a 15,500 TEU Container Ship, has been very positive. The application is performing well, and the users have praised the application for its user-friendliness and the self-explanatory nature of the modules,” said Sebastiaan Van den Wijngaert, Senior Project Manager at Maersk Line IT.
Maersk Line, with headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, has 33,000 employees worldwide, including seafarers, and registers 35,000 port calls every year. DNV GL won the tender for the ship management software, initially competing with 26 other vendors.
“ShipManager will replace nine applications we use currently with one integrated, easier to learn, user-friendly and technically up-to-date application,” says Van den Wijngaert. “This will make the on-boarding of new people a lot easier,” he said.
Maersk Line will be using six integrated ShipManager modules: Technical, Procurement, Project, Crewing, QHSE and Analyzer. With ShipManager Analyzer, it is possible to extract data from all of the modules for analysis. “This will give our fleet managers a transparency they never had before,” said Van den Wijngaert.
The tender process of Maersk Line was extensive, and included interviews with current ShipManager users, who gave feedback on the functionality of the software, the capabilities and support of DNV GL, best practices and the technical strength of the software, including replication, backward compatibility and minimal technical setup onshore and onboard. During the process, DNV GL completed Maersk Line’s request for proposal, containing 400 questions. Subsequently, the finalists were invited to present the software in person.
“We are very proud that our investments in our ship management software portfolio over the last five years stand up to the highest industry requirements,” said Tjønn. “The Maersk Line team is extremely professional and effective, and there is a lot of excitement about this project on both sides.”