Route-specific details such as the number of days at sea, distances to be travelled between ports, lay days and restocking operations are taken into account. Adjustments can also be made onboard to reflect changes that occur during a trip, with watches reassigned to comply with required work and rest periods.
"The maritime industry is in urgent need of an instrument capable of accurately planning the size and composition of the crew for a particular ship size and route and the work processes required during port stays," says Ole John, senior research associate with Fraunhofer CML.
Working hours are automatically tracked and documented, meaning the relevant data is available instantly, says Marc Gunther Schmidt, executive in charge of crew management at E.R. Schiffahrt. “The master and ship manager can easily, at the push of a button, produce the required proof of adequate crewing during port state controls. As for ship owners, the crew costs, one of the most significant operating cost items, can be documented in a transparent manner, and the composition of the crew can be traced back with ease.”
The prototype will be presented at the SMM fair in Hamburg from 9 to 12 September 2014 at the Fraunhofer stand in Hall B6, Stand 411.