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New web-based analysis service helps navigation during Covid-19 restrictions

As a result of the travel and ship-access restrictions imposed by Covid-19, UK-based company Avenca has reported a high level of interest from around the world in the company’s recently launched AURA remote analysis service.

The web-based service enables Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) data from the ship to be analysed remotely anywhere in the world using a standard web browser. Where available, bridge CCTV data can also be incorporated. The AURA analysis provides valuable insights into bridge team performance, without requiring anyone to visit the ship. In addition to overcoming the restrictions imposed by Covid-19, Avenca’s analysis service also avoids the (currently highly variable) travel costs, and the effect on the bridge team performance of having someone physically on the bridge.

AURA provides the same comprehensive range of analysis facilities regardless of the type of VDR (or CCTV) system that recorded the data. This can be particularly important in fleets equipped with a range of different VDR/CCTV systems, as it ensures that a comprehensive level of analysis can be provided uniformly across the entire fleet.

Avenca can provide customers with direct access to AURA to perform their own navigation assessments over the web. Alternatively Avenca offers a “turnkey” Remote Navigation Auditing service, where the customer receives a written report and video clips based on analysis of the data using AURA, checking bridge team performance is in line with regulations, company procedures and industry best practices in order to confirm positive compliance or identify any gaps in Bridge Team Performance. This auditing service meets the Navigation Safety Best Practice guidance for navigation auditing by an independent contractor contained in the latest edition of OCIMF’s TMSA (Tanker Management Self-Assessment).         

Whether a customer chooses to analyse the data themselves or opts for Avenca’s Remote Navigation Auditing service, AURA provides an easy and cost-effective way of ensuring that navigation standards are maintained during and beyond the global pandemic.

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