Monday, June 25, 2012

Offshore Energy Logistics Fleet Installs New Software

SIS System Handles Management and Maintenance of Fifty Vessels
Shipping News Feature

NORWAY - Star Information Systems (SIS), supplier of software and services for technical ship and rig management, has successfully completed the installation of its Star Information & Planning System (Star IPS) across Solstad Offshore’s fleet of fifty high-specification vessels dedicated to negotiating the tricky field of offshore energy logistics.. Both companies are Norwegian based and have cooperated since signing an initial contract Solstad in July 2008.

Solstad, which operates platform supply vessels (PSV), anchor handling vessels (AHTS) and construction service vessels (CSV) to service the offshore petroleum sector, will now use key elements of Star IPS functionality to cover planned maintenance, guarantee claims, asset management, projects and document management.

Since the initial agreement full system training for the ship crews has been undertaken at the Star Academy training facilities in Trondheim whilst the Solstad fleet has doubled in size and SIS CEO Per Ander Koien is clearly happy with the successful completion of the contract praising his customer as a ‘champion’ within their business segment and going on to say:

“Since our very first days in business, we have developed our systems in close co-operation with our customers. That Solstad recognizes this tradition and would like to take part in it is of great value to us. As Solstad gains experience with the Star systems, we of course expect that they too will contribute to future developments. We look forward to welcoming them into our established user groups where we focus on maintenance, safety and fleet supply.”

SIS, led by senior consultant and advisor Ronny Hammern, completed the system implementation in two phases. Phase one saw servers pre-installed with Star software shipped out to each vessel by Solstad’s own IT-support, while phase two focused on system setup and configuration, handled remotely by SIS. Hans Ole Bergtun, Solstad’s Technical Superintendent, says that the firm was won over by SIS’ tradition of product development, user-driven innovation and market-leading pedigree concluding:

“We could not have done this without the support provided by SIS. Our experience is that SIS’ personnel are both professional and credible; every step of the project has been well organized and we’ve received very good feedback from the involved parties, both at Solstad and at our IT-partner. Our previous system was not centralized, hence technical data and work instructions varied from ship to ship. However, with the clean data and the new system we have a uniform and highly efficient system across the fleet. This will help us as we continue to strive for operational excellence.

“We required a centralized system that could provide us with a full technical overview of our fleet. SIS has been in the market for a long time; they’ve taken part in ‘computerizing’ the industry and have long traditions for system development and innovation. We were looking for a dynamic supplier and found that SIS actually offers more functionality than we require at the time being; so it’s good to know that we have the option to expand and that there’s always new and improved solutions being developed.”

Photo: The 4,500 dead weight tonne Platform Supply Vessel Normand Carrier under way.