The company says that the updated software will have a range of additional functionality, but that it has worked hard to include these improvements in a way that will not add additional complexity to the user experience.
"NS5 Enterprise incorporates such features as dynamic user work spaces, dashboards for visual display of information and the ability to easily retrieve information by customizing searches, creating favourites and allowing users to take full ownership of their system," said Stephen Schwarz, VP and COO of ABS Nautical Systems.
"The risk in trying to include so much functionality and capability is that applications tend to become very feature heavy and their screens cluttered. Instead of empowering users, it’s easy for them to feel overwhelmed."
"In NS5 Enterprise version 6.3, we made a conscious effort to keep it as easy to use as it is functional. The system provides a well-defined and simple means of user set-up, which can be done to reflect the level of simplicity or complexity that can serve either shipboard or shore-based users to their satisfaction."
The latest version of the NS5 package reflects the increased emphasis the company has placed on enhancing the software's Voyage and Energy Manager module (released in 2012) following the incorporation of Nautical Systems into the newly formed ABS Asset Performance Management group (APM) in 2013.
The software now includes a vessel scheduler, which provides a ship or fleet-wide view of scheduled arrival and departure dates at a port of call, and can be used to track the vessel’s voyage, movement of crew, delivery of materials and attendance by service technicians.
Custom required fields allow system administrators to specify which form fields are optional or required, based on chosen operational processes. ABS says that, since not all users require the same information, having the ability to specify which fields are required should improve the quality of the data collected by the ship’s crew.
An audit logging feature is also included that supports compliance and onshore monitoring by tracking data modifications made by crew members during a voyage, capturing when data was changed, by whom and the reason for the change.
The cargo form, already part of the Energy & Voyage Manager, has been improved and new features include the ability to record cargo load information by specific vessel type.
The cargo performance report has also been enhanced to provide users with cargo loading totals and variance by tank, including losses. All delays during cargo operations can be collected and reported, to allow for more accurate cargo/fuel analysis and EEOI calculations.