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Digital vessel registration system to be delivered to UK MCA

Oceans HQ, a provider of software to Maritime Administrations, has signed an agreement to deliver a new digital vessel registration system to the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), to form part of MCA’s 2016/17 digital strategy.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Oceans HQ has partnered with Thoughtbot London to deliver a software system drawing on the experience gained through the development of its existing Vessel HQ product, already in operation at a number of Flag States.

Vessel HQ is used to manage ship registries, in line with ISO quality management system standards and in fulfilment of international obligations to the IMO and ILO.

“The demands of the international regulatory regime and the increased need to access fleet data and statistics make the development of an effective digital system a core component in delivering the required level of service and efficiency,” said Captain Des Howell, Oceans HQ.

“Every modern Maritime Administration needs an electronic solution that allows instant access to data while simultaneously creating outputs and enabling accurate changes to stored information.”

Thoughtbot London is a company which specialises in Agile software development, and its developers will be working with maritime experts from Oceans HQ to draw on their experience gained creating Vessel HQ.

Thoughtbot has previously worked on the Enterprise Finance Grant project for the UK government, and the solution for the UK MCA will be built using the same framework as the UK government’s ‘gov.uk’ domain. The project includes a number of public interfaces that will enable the submission of online forms and information via official online channels.{/mprestriction}

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