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SRO launches onboard services division

SRO Solutions in the UK has launched a new marine onboard services division that will provide marine engineers to help customers ensure their onboard systems are operating at maximum efficiency.

The company says that this new division builds on the successful completion of similar projects carried out for major shipping companies in the US and Europe.

The original team of four consultants has been doubled, as SRO managing director Steve Driver explained.

“Based on our understanding of the needs of our customers we have developed a process and programme for training staff to the high standards expected within the maritime industry. This means that they will be accepted by the customers to go onboard their vessels and be productive immediately and able to work closely with the onboard personnel,” he said.

“Not only is the logistics of flying people to sit on lengthy onshore training courses very complicated, quite often the costs involved become restrictive, so much so that it becomes impractical to do so. By putting the trainer on the ship, not only does this ensure a very efficient and focussed way of working but it also ensures the overall costs are kept to a minimum.”

“So far the feedback from the ships has been excellent with most people much preferring to be trained in their own environment, by like-minded engineers, using their own systems and data.”

The new division is able to offer services including CMMS training, asset management commissioning, inventory optimisation services and other training options for onboard personnel.

“In addition to providing our existing customers with continued regular onboard IBM Maximo and AMOS services, training and resources, we recently started a new service providing onboard inventory services for a US based tanker operator of over 20 ships,” added Mr Driver.

“For the past few months we have worked closely with this customer to scope and design the process and familiarise our team with their requirements. The project will run for 12 months with the first SRO marine onboard services team due to join the first two ships by the end of September.”

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