The Indian Register of Shipping (IRS), one of the
worlds leading ship classification societies, has
launched a new software package for ship safety. The software,
the first of its kind in the world, is called Ship_Mate
and is aimed at providing the ships crew with the
information they need to manage the safety of their ship.
gives the crew information about the stability of the
ship, in both floating and grounded conditions. If the
ship is grounded or damaged, Ship_Mate informs the crew
about the likely problems caused by the water flowing
in and what effect any proposed remedial action may have.
is useful in normal conditions too as it provides information
on corrosion levels in tanks and holds, and identifies
any structural components that need to be renewed. Ship_Mate
also helps in ballast water management and planned maintenance
development of Ship_Mate is in tune with IRS philosophy
that improvement in maritime safety can only be brought
about by involvement of all players. It is towards this
end that we identified development of software packages
for use on board ships as a new thrust area of our research
and development, says an IRS press release.
information obtained from Ship_Mate can also be used as
factual evidence during surveys conducted by port state
control (PSC), flag state authorities and during international
safety management (ISM) audits.