Friday, 24 February 2017


As a first step towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions from maritime transport, the EU requires operators of ships exceeding 5,000 GT to monitor and report their carbon emissions and transport work on all voyages to, from and between E.U. ports.


All ships exceeding 5,000 GT regardless of their flag, port of registry or home port are concerned, except warships, naval auxiliaries, fish-catching or fish-processing ships, wooden ships of a primitive build, ships not propelled by mechanical means, and government ships used for non-commercial purposes.

In reference to M.R.V. Compliance, the most urgent part consists of Monitoring Plan with deadline on 31st August 2017.

At SMM with our long experience in Vessels’ Performance and having recognized the potential inconsistencies involved during emissions monitoring, we are your best alternative for preparing your Monitoring Plan.

More specifically the Reporting Scheme, kindly note that development of an M.R.V.-Specific Software for fully automatic generation of Emissions Reports in line with E.U. Commission requirements is underway based on the published templates.


Also, please consider that our software will ensure harmonization of the daily reported ship consumption figures with the upcoming reported emitted amounts in line with the M.R.V. Scheme, given that data input will be derived from the daily vessel’s standard reporting.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

New Modules to SMMCrewRestHour®

New Useful Features

Now SMMCrewRestHour includes Non-Conformance Statistics, in way of individual N/C printout report per month.

More specifically, the N/C hours deviation report, expressing as deviation percentage, takes into account the following N/C categories: 

- 1st period of rest is less than 6hrs 
- 2 periods of rest are less than 10hrs 
- 3 periods of rest are less than 10hrs (if 24d exception has been applied) 
- 7day period of rest is less than 77hrs 
- 7day period of rest is less than 70hrs (if 7Day exception has been applied)
- 72hrs period of work is less than 36hrs (OPA-90)

If such upgrade appreciated to be of your interest, more than pleased to provide a quotation for these new features.


The SMMCrewHourRest® is an Integrated software package in order to maintain individual seafarers’ work hour records that comply with the global format adopted jointly by ILO and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Including the 2010 ' Manila Amendments ' for 24H / 7D Exceptions.

Where the time is precious, SMMCrewHourRest® comes to assist both Chief Mates/ Chief Engineers to complete the Crew Hour Rest STCW ILO 180 swiftly and accurately.

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Shipping in the Digital Era. In search of the Golden Equilibrium.

Shipping industry is a conservative industry, sometimes too conservative. We have built our “comfort zones” based on the conservative approach of performing tasks for many years in a undoubtedly “safe”, however not always “efficient” way. Safety of Navigation was the main, if not the only concern.
The introduction of SEEMP back in 2013, and the unfortunate resonance of the global financial recession and the high prices of HFO, gave birth to the notion of “ Efficiency” in shipping.
We have to admit that the environmental implications of shipping were never the driving force for reducing the fuel consumption.
In this respect, we started evaluating hull designs, investing in new energy saving technologies to improve the propulsion efficiency, new antifouling coatings to reduce hull resistance and so on, and “surprisingly” we found out that we could operate more efficiently.That was actually a very big step for the conservative shipping industry.
Operating and navigating our ships with safety is not enough. We also have to be efficient ,so we reduce our operating costs and adapt to the new environmental regulations.
Can we improve our operating “efficiency” further?
The new trend in shipping is the Big Data Analysis, that will eventually lead one step further towards the “ Smart Ship”.
The notion of “ Smart” is quite familiar to us from our everyday life. The tendency in our “digital” life is to measure everything. We use smartphones and wearables to measure our health parameters.  We measures steps, our heart rate , even our sleep cycle in order to identify our individual health KPIs so we become healthier.
Same is applicable for shipping industry.
With the advancements in technology, sensors and predictive maintenance, the concept of smart ships aims in using data to enhance ship performance.
This will eventually lead to a move from the planned maintenance scheme, towards a predictive maintenance, that will further reduce the operating costs and improve the operational reliability. The collection and assessment of operational data is another controversial issue.
The tendency is to gather data, but how much data is enough?
Collecting and transferring enormous amount of data for further assessment, without specific KPIs is useless. I strongly believe that diving into an “ endless” pool of data without a strategic plan is a waste of time and money.
Therefore, adapting baby steps and setting a handful of tangible practical KPIs is the the only solution. 

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Kindly note that recently we have proceeded with an upgrade of MULTILOAD Loading Software in terms of the following new functions.
More specifically, this new feature enables the user to create or retrieve a container loading condition and then click the "Export Baplie" button on Multiload's Detailed Container Loading screen. Then, the user shall fill-in the required data fields, such as "Sender" and "Receiver" Identification codes (as agreed between partners), "Control", "Message" and "Conveyance" Reference numbers, the vessel's "Call Sign" and the 5 digit code of the "Port of Departure". All the above data are described as mandatory by SMDG's Baplie documentation. Finally, the User must click the "Export" button to select the filename of the export file and the location where this file will be stored.
Kindly note that, only containers that have all the required data are included in the export file. Required data, besides bay, row, tier and weight are "Serial No", "ISO Size Code" and "Port of Loading / Discharge". If a current loading condition includes containers missing some of the above data, these containers will appear in a list and the user can get a printout of them, in order to fill them and continue.
- VGM (Verified Gross Mass)
Involves the following developments:

· Reading of Verified Gross Mass (VGM) weights from Baplie

· Printout of all the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) weights

- Upgrade Visibility Check
This upgrade adds support for more accurate bridge visibility results, that take into account the actual containers loaded on your vessels deck and their longitudinal position. Also, this option will display visibility results on the main Multiload screen, so that the user will be able to check them even when bridge visibility is adequate.