Marlow Navigation, GL Maritime Software Cooperate on Crew Training

Marlow Navigation, GL Maritime Software Cooperate on Crew Training

Optimising the human element in shipping, requires a holistic approach with owners, operators, regulators, crewing agencies and managers and class all working together. In recognition of the vital role of crew members, GL Maritime Software (GL) and Marlow Navigation Co. Ltd. (Marlow), one of the leading crew managers, have undertaken a new cooperation to improve crew training on ship management software.

Working together the partners have installed GL ShipManager in two of Marlow’s training centres, in Philippines and Ukraine. This will enable customers who have crew set to join a vessel running GL Software to be trained in Marlow’s computer labs, before they set foot onboard a vessel. GL has provided and installed training versions of the system in the labs and prepared Marlow’s trainers to familiarise crew with the system and teach its usage.

“Providing training on standard ship management applications, like the one from GL, is a significant effort for a shipping company, especially if the crew keeps changing,” says Capt. Walter Wekenborg, Director Training & Human Resources at Marlow Navigation, “we can help our joint clients to reduce this effort and their costs through this cooperation.”

“Putting the most advanced systems on the latest ships will not result in the expected efficiencies if the crew is unprepared for the task of operating them. We cannot lose our focus on the human element, this cooperation will help shipping companies to ensure that when a crew member steps onto a vessel equipped with our software, they are familiar with the system and able to work at peak effectiveness from day one. We hope that many of our joint customers will take the opportunity to use this training service,” said Dr. Torsten Büssow, GL’s head of Maritime Software.

GL ShipManager is a comprehensive software suite that supports key ship management processes, such as planned maintenance, purchasing, stock control, voyage management, port clearance, incident management, and quality and safety management. The software ensures via intelligent data synchronization that the same information are available onboard and onshore. It also easily interfaces with other GL ship management software such as GL FleetAnalyzer, GL HullManager and GL CrewManager, with other GL tools such as Fleet Online or Rules Pilot, and with standard accounting and document management systems.

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GL, March 19, 2013