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Maritime services refer to a wide range of services provided in the marine industry. Maritime services are an essential part of the global economy, providing critical support for international trade, commerce, and transportation.
Drydocking & Repair
We can support dry-docking and all repair projects with the strong experience of our team.
Our services cover but are not limited to:
Preparation of pre-docking specification
Shipyard evaluation and selection
Supervision of dry-docking and repairs
Collecting the reports, documentary data, and preparation of dry-dock report
Cost negotiation with the yards
Technical assistance& guidance
Marine salvage services are the recovery and salvage of vessels, cargo, or other property that has been damaged or lost at sea. These services are provided by specialized companies that have the equipment, expertise, and personnel necessary to perform salvage operations.
Marine salvage services include a wide range of activities, depending on the nature of the incident and the extent of the damage. Some of the key activities involved in marine salvage services can include:
Emergency response: This involves the rapid deployment of salvage teams and equipment to the site of the incident in order to assess the situation and prevent further damage or loss.
Stabilization: This involves stabilizing the vessel or cargo in order to prevent further damage, and to ensure the safety of personnel involved in the salvage operation.
Removal of cargo or hazardous materials: This involves the safe removal of cargo or hazardous materials from the vessel or the marine environment, in order to prevent environmental damage or pollution.
Salvage and recovery: This involves the use of specialized equipment, such as cranes, winches, and underwater cutting and welding tools, to recover the vessel or cargo from the water.
Repairs and refloating: This involves making repairs to the vessel in order to refloat it and tow it to a port or repair facility.
Overall, marine salvage services are critical in mitigating the environmental and economic impact of marine accidents and are typically carried out by specialized salvage companies working in collaboration with government agencies, shipping companies, and other stakeholders.
Asset management is a central concept in many companies today. The increasing focus on digitization and rapidly accelerating development within the digital and technological area give us new opportunities. But what does the term asset management cover, and how can new technologies help companies to optimize the processes surrounding the handling of physical assets?
Asset management is defined as: 'how an organization through a systematic and coordinating effort optimally manages its assets and creates value through this'.
The somewhat broad definition can be broken down so that we distinguish between tangible and intangible assets. Traditionally, asset management is used in connection with financial houses' management of capital in the form of investments. These are intangible assets. However, it is in relation to the physical assets, i.e., the material ones, that the combination of asset management and increasing digitization has great potential (see the figure below). We have written the article Asset management - why that? which is about how asset management can bring value.
Asset tracking (AT) and condition monitoring (CM) are the two main elements of asset management. With AT and CM, it is possible to make your assets 'smart and intelligent', and this provides completely new opportunities for optimizing the business foundation. The catalyst for this is the large amounts of data (Big Data) collected through the use of IoT.
Asset tracking is about tracking your assets. This can be done using several technologies, for example in a classic excel sheet where the location is noted or via specialized solutions. In connection with technological development, the possibility of using common tools such as GPS has become much greater, and this makes it possible to know where the asset is located right now.
Condition monitoring ensures that you know the status of the asset at a given time. CM is possible as technology and IoT allow us to retrieve data from products in (nearly) real-time. The amount of data and information that is generated today is enormous (Big Data), and therefore condition monitoring is just as much about obtaining the data that provides value and not just collecting data in general.
As a result of more data from asset tracking and/or condition monitoring, technological development makes it possible to optimize physical assets through, for example, 'machine learning'. At the same time, on the basis of data, new business opportunities can arise in the form of new services or products. The possibilities are endless!
Performance & Load Testing
Marine performance and load testing are the processes of evaluating the performance and load-carrying capacity of marine vessels and equipment. This testing is typically conducted by specialized marine testing companies that have the expertise and equipment necessary to perform these tests.
Marine performance testing can include a range of tests that assess the speed, maneuverability, and fuel efficiency of vessels, as well as their resistance to wind and waves.
Some of the common tests used in marine performance testing can include:
Sea trials: These tests involve taking the vessel out to sea and conducting a range of tests to evaluate its performance under real-world conditions.
Propulsion testing: These tests assess the performance of the vessel's propulsion system, including the engine, propeller, and gearbox.
Maneuverability testing: These tests assess the vessel's ability to maneuver in tight spaces, such as ports or harbors.
Resistance and propulsion tests: These tests evaluate the resistance of the vessel's hull and the performance of the propulsion system, in order to optimize fuel efficiency and speed.
Marine load testing, on the other hand, involves evaluating the load-carrying capacity of vessels and equipment, such as cranes and lifting devices. This type of testing is critical to ensuring the safety of marine operations and preventing accidents or equipment failure due to overloading.
Some of the common load testing methods used in the marine industry can include:
Static load testing: This involves applying a static load to the equipment or vessel and measuring the deformation or strain.
Dynamic load testing: This involves applying a dynamic load to the equipment or vessel and measuring its response to the load.
Overall, marine performance and load testing are important tools for evaluating the performance, safety, and reliability of marine vessels and equipment, and are essential for ensuring the safe and efficient operation of marine activities.
Fire & Investigation
Marine fire investigation is the process of investigating the causes of fires that occur on or near marine vessels. This can include fires that occur on board ships, as well as fires that occur in ports or on other marine structures.
The goal of marine fire investigation is to determine the cause of the fire, as well as to identify any contributing factors that may have led to the fire. This information can then be used to improve fire safety measures and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Marine fire investigations are typically conducted by trained investigators, often working in conjunction with local or national authorities. Some of the key steps involved in marine fire investigation can include:
Identifying the cause of the fire: This involves conducting a thorough examination of the site of the fire, as well as any physical evidence that may have been left behind.
Interviewing witnesses and personnel: This involves interviewing individuals who may have witnessed the fire, as well as crew members or other personnel who were on board the vessel at the time of the fire.
Analyzing data and records: This involves reviewing data and records related to the vessel, including maintenance records, safety inspections, and other relevant documentation.
Identifying contributing factors: This involves identifying any factors that may have contributed to the fire, such as equipment failures, fuel leaks, or other hazards.
Overall, marine fire investigation is an important process for ensuring the safety and reliability of marine vessels and is essential for preventing the occurrence of similar incidents in the future.
Marine towage is the act of towing vessels or other floating structures using one or more tugboats or other powerful vessels. This is often done to move ships or other large objects that cannot move under their own power or to assist them in maneuvering in narrow or confined waterways.
Marine towage is commonly used in many industries, including shipping, offshore oil and gas, and construction. Tugboats are typically used for marine towage because of their powerful engines and specialized equipment, such as towing winches and bollards.
Marine towage requires a skilled crew that can safely and effectively operate the tugboat and handles the towed vessel or object. The crew must also have knowledge of local water conditions, including tides, currents, and other potential hazards.
Marine casualty investigation is the process of investigating accidents and incidents that occur on or near marine vessels, such as ships, boats, and other types of watercrafts. The goal of marine casualty investigation is to determine the causes of the accident, as well as to identify any contributing factors that may have led to the incident.
Marine casualty investigations are typically conducted by trained investigators, often working in conjunction with local or national authorities. Some of the key steps involved in marine casualty investigation can include:
Conducting a site investigation: This involves visiting the location of the accident and gathering physical evidence and other data related to the incident.
Reviewing records and documentation: This involves reviewing relevant documentation related to the vessel and the incident, such as maintenance records, safety inspections, and other relevant documents.
Interviewing witnesses and personnel: This involves interviewing individuals who may have witnessed the incident, as well as crew members or other personnel who were on board the vessel at the time of the incident.
Analyzing data and information: This involves analyzing data related to the incident, such as weather data, navigational data, and other relevant information.
Identifying contributing factors: This involves identifying any factors that may have contributed to the incident, such as equipment failures, human error, or other hazards.
The results of a marine casualty investigation can be used to improve safety measures and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. In many cases, marine casualty investigations may also be used to identify any parties that may be liable for damages resulting from the incident.
Inspection of Goods & Material
Inspection of goods and materials refers to the process of examining and verifying the condition, quality, and quantity of goods and materials being transported by sea. The purpose of marine inspection is to ensure that the goods and materials are safe to be transported and comply with relevant laws and regulations.
Marine inspection can be conducted at various stages of the shipping process, including before loading, during transit, and upon arrival at the destination port. The inspection can be carried out by a variety of parties, including shipowners, charterers, cargo owners, and independent surveyors.
During marine inspection, various aspects of the goods and materials are examined, such as the packaging, stowage, and securing of the cargo, as well as the condition of the goods themselves. The inspection may also include sampling and testing of the cargo to check for compliance with regulations, such as for hazardous materials.
Marine inspection of goods and materials is an important part of the shipping process, as it helps to ensure that the cargo is transported safely and efficiently, and helps to prevent damage or loss of goods during transit. It is also important for compliance with international trade regulations and standards, such as those set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
Risk Management & Risk Management Framework
A risk management framework (RMF) is a set of criteria dictating how businesses should be structured and monitored to protect their assets.
Risk is a natural part of the business. Any investment, new product, expansion into a new market, or even a shift in structure or employee responsibilities may cause disruption, and that’s to say nothing of ever-present outside risks. On the other hand, taking too firm of a stance against risk may stunt business growth, preventing a company from reaching its potential. Instead, top businesses understand how to approach dangers strategically, calculating rewards vs. risk so as to minimize risk potential without also hindering their growth opportunities. To do this, many businesses adopt an enterprise-wide approach to securing operational processes, in the form of a risk management framework.
An RMF takes a systematic approach, helping to identify and mitigate business risks of all kinds.
What are the core components of a risk management framework?
Although there are different variations for specific use cases, most risk management frameworks consist of essentially the same components:
Before a business can protect itself from risk, it needs to be able to recognize dangers as they arise. The identification component of risk management helps define the risk universe—a complete catalog of all possible known risks facing the organization and its assets. These risks should be broken down into specific categories, including digital risk, ESG risk, vendor/third-party risk, quality risk, business continuity risk, people risk, environment, health, and safety risk, ethics and compliance risk, privacy/legal risk, financial risk, operational risk, and technology or cyber risks. With a clear idea of potential threats and uncertainties, the business next needs to further categorize the risks as either core risks (essential risks that help drive growth) or non-core risks (unnecessary risks that can and should be eliminated wherever possible).
Graphic outlining the components that make up a risk management framework.
Measurement and assessment
Understanding the risks themselves is only part of the equation; risk management demands that businesses next look at themselves in terms of the likelihood of a specific risk or risk category, and what the organization stands to lose in the event that they encounter the risk. In calculating these risks, businesses must remember to consider the overall impact of the risk. This will help them prioritize risks based on damage potential and the likelihood of occurrence to determine their risk threshold.
After identifying and prioritizing risks, the next step is to develop effective risk mitigation plans. A proper risk mitigation plan will allow the business to determine which core risks to accept, which ones to minimize or eliminate, and where to start. At this point, an effective issue or POA&M management process should be used for tracking and establishing an audit trail.
Reporting and monitoring
Throughout the RMF process, monitoring and reporting remain of paramount importance. Depending on the business and industry, risk management reporting should be automated and accessible in real time via dashboards. These dashboards should be accessed not only by qualified risk personnel who take on the responsibility of adjusting risk-exposure elements to better account for current dangers but also by the front line and C-suite. Any industry-specific reports should be created for review and authorization. Proper risk monitoring and reporting may also play a part in maintaining compliance with established standards.
A risk management framework is just that: a framework for supporting and structuring risk management in business. It is not a complete risk management solution by itself; it relies on everyone involved to adopt and follow the practices established in the framework. The governance components in RMF solutions are designed to help employees understand their roles and responsibilities, assign duties, and establish the authority of risk management leaders.
What are essential RMF Steps in IT?
Risk management frameworks exist to help protect every aspect of the business from possible dangers. This includes the risks posed by unwanted or faulty products, volatile markets, poorly executed business plans, etc. But with the ongoing proliferation of digital systems, some of the most obvious risks facing organizations today are risks to IT systems.
IT risk management frameworks are designed to help businesses and even government institutions identify possible data risks, determine which systems they pose a threat to, and what options they have for preventing or remediating said risks. The steps across various RMF standards are very similar, let’s take NIST RMF as an example. It is one of the most stringent and used to authorize systems within the U.S. federal government. It can be broken down into five essential stages:
Classify IT systems.
Review and categorize all IT systems within the organization. Define system boundaries and identify which kinds of information types are associated with the system. Likewise, take into account relevant information relating to the organization itself, the system’s operating environment, connections to other systems, and intended use.
Choose and implement security controls.
Next, choose the right security controls. An organization’s security controls are the management, operational, and technical safeguards available to an organizational information system, designed to help protect the integrity and availability of the system. Different security controls are naturally more effective for specific kinds of systems and information, and choosing the right controls may mean the difference between adequate protection and system vulnerability. Once the selection is complete, implement the chosen security control and establish usage policies.
Assess security controls
With the security controls in place, the next step is to assess their functionality and outcomes. Are the controls correctly installed and operating as intended? If so, are they meeting the required security requirements? If not, then the controls will not be as effective at protecting business operations and data.
Authorize information systems
Once the security controls have been implemented and vetted, it is time to authorize control over the system and allow it to get to work. Correctly implemented, RMF automated workflows will begin operating to help protect the business.
Monitor security controls (ongoing)
Authorizing system security controls is not the final step in IT risk management; ongoing monitoring of security controls helps ensure that the risk management framework remains viable throughout its useful life. Document changes, regularly conduct impact analyses, and continue to report on security controls’ statuses to establish ongoing efficacy.
What are the benefits of risk management frameworks?
As previously addressed, business risk is everywhere. And, as IT systems expand and evolve, the modern digital business landscape is becoming increasingly complex. The right risk management frameworks help organizations navigate this landscape, providing a number of key advantages in the process.
The benefits of risk management frameworks include the following:
Increased supply chain security
Modern supply chains are becoming ever more complex, creating significant risks for businesses that rely on them for goods, resources, and product delivery. Effective RMF solutions make it possible for organizations to improve the quality and usability of supply-chain-relevant data streams, such as weather reports, social media trends, world news agencies, and more. As a result, they are better able to gain accurate insights into the factors that may be impacting essential supply chains.
Effective asset protection
A business is only as secure as its assets. Risk management frameworks help protect those assets, identifying relevant information, understanding, and prioritizing risks, and empowering organizations to respond quickly to mitigate and resolve emergent risks. The right framework provides a set of standards and a plan of action to ensure that the business’s most vital assets remain secure.
Reliable protection of intellectual property
Risk management frameworks likewise dictate how intellectual property may be protected against theft and misuse. Backed by relevant data and clear standards, businesses can operate, securely in the knowledge that their intellectual property is better protected and the likelihood of theft is minimized.
Improved reputation management
Having clear criteria of security and operational standards available and in place through all levels of a business keeps security processes consistent. This improves risk mitigation and reduces the danger of data exposure. This in turn helps protect the business from costly mistakes that could negatively impact public perception and lead to reputational damage.
Powerful competitor analysis
In aggressive markets, understanding competitors can be just as important as understanding oneself. Risk management frameworks incorporate disparate outside information sources, such as social media, blogs, news reports, etc., so that organizations can keep a close eye on their competition and react quickly when necessary.
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