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Columbia opens Performance Optimisation Control Room

Mark O’Neil, president of Columbia Shipmanagement Mark O’Neil, president of Columbia Shipmanagement

Columbia Shipmanagement has opened a new Performance Optimisation Control Room in Cyprus, from which the company aims to optimise operations in areas like vessel safety, crew rotation and training, maintenance and fuel efficiency.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Columbia says that the Control Room will be manned 24/7 by qualified personnel when its full functionality roll-out is completed, monitoring performance variables such as speed, fuel consumption, voyage delays and weather routing effects.

Vessel support will also be provided for disaster avoidance, maintenance (including preventative maintenance through the application of new sensor and camera technology), and contractual compliance.

“(The new Control Room) is a visible and tangible example of how digitalisation and technology can be harnessed for optimisation of vessel operation and management. Not only will it make us more attractive to our clients and potential clients, it will also make our clients more attractive to the market through optimised operation,” said Mark O’Neil, president of Columbia Shipmanagement.

“The Performance Optimisation Control Room demonstrates Columbia’s commitment to its clients and to the provision of a thoroughly modern, digitalised and optimised service.”

The new facility is expected to act as a management hub, connecting to technical, marine, crew and commercial management departments and functions. The software systems used will be web-based, allowing data to be uploaded to other Columbia offices and clients’ offices to facilitate remote monitoring.

“Centralising our operations will give us the ability to better deal with fast-changing scenarios and developments as they happen,” said Captain Pankaj Sharma, manager of the new Control Room.

“With 24/7/365 support, our goal is to have even faster decision-making and greater visibility by using modern technology to achieve cost-efficient vessel operations.”{/mprestriction}

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