Maritime compliance and navigation services firm OneOcean announced the launch of LogCentral, a secure, easy-to-apply digital tool that aims to make collecting and sharing vessel data quick and simple.
“LogCentral is a genuine breakthrough, not just for optimizing the usage of electronic logbooks but also for driving fleet-wide efficiencies,” says Martin Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of OneOcean. “Data goes through comprehensive validation at point of entry to massively improve accuracy. In addition to monitoring fleet activity in real time, shoreside management teams can compare and analyze trends in depth. This is thanks to LogCentral’s capacity to output graphs and tables which also factor in historical vessel data. The resulting insights are available through the online portal and are key for informed decision-making.”
LogCentral adheres to the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) standards which came into force this month. These requirements provide industry-wide guidance for the use of electronic record books as an acceptable alternative to paper logbooks.
With its intuitive, clearly laid-out user interface, LogCentral makes recording, managing and distributing vessel logbook data easy for onboard personnel, OneOcean said. Accommodating all daily operational information including waste disposal, sludge generation and ballast operations, as well as enabling all air and water emissions to be precisely recorded. This facilitates and proves compliance with MARPOL regulations for pollution prevention and control.
According to OneOcean, LogCentral is designed to overcome the setbacks associated with completing paper logbooks. In the past, crews have incurred heavy fines for delays, errors or missing entries when handing their logbooks over to the authorities. In some cases, logbook irregularities have even led to vessels being impounded. This has adversely affected trading operations and the reputation of the fleet involved.
In addition, OneOcean said LogCentral helps to reduce the likelihood of errors by linking records, comprehensive validation mechanisms and auto-fills areas to issue visual alerts if inaccurate data is entered.
Meanwhile, LogCentral’s shoreside core provides management teams with instant access to all logbook entries from each of their assets. This gives them complete company oversight from one convenient source. Any alerts generated in onboard record-keeping are also flagged up to onshore users.