News Article 01/09/2000 B

V Ships and Kuwait Oil Adopt Task Assistant Plafform

01/09/2000 - Ocean Voice

Both V Ships and Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) have adopted the Task Assistant software platform, which was originally launched in 1998 as part of a joint development venture between Ulysses Systems Ltd and Lyras Shipping.

The system's main features are its ability to incorporate company information with matching documentation and procedures relating to the implementation of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. Task Assistant also includes modules for purchasing, planned maintenance, fleet management, crew management, quality and safety.

The system was designed to be "people-literate and business-literate" and, as Dr Takis Katsoulakos, director of , explained: "Seafarers hate learning to use software and management systems which require them to adapt their thinking and to go through special training. Task Assistant has been designed to be highly intuitive so as to require minimal familiarisation and to show clear value to people on board and ashore."

Dave Martin, V Ships' head of information systems, backed up this view, claiming that the system grants easy and uncomplicated access to data and functions. "Task Assistant presents onboard staff with relevant procedures from company manuals, and other support tools and program," he said.

"In addition, it has the ability to launch relevant third-party tools such as distance tables or bunker calculators," Mr Martin added.

The adoption of the system by these two groups follows the Task Assistant scooping the Seatrade Award 2000 in May and the Lloyd's Ship Manager Communications and IT in Shipping (CITIS) 2000 Award in March.

Other major companies licensed as Task Assistant users include Mobil Shipping Company, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Ltd of Greece, International Tanker Management of Dubai, and Great White Fleet Ltd of Belgium.