Like other countries hit by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, there has been a change in working practices in Greece. Palau International Ship Registry chief executive Panos Kirnidis describes how the registry has coped
It has been a tough 12 months for anyone in business and yet the steadfast attitude and the desire not to allow the pandemic to crush the spirit of the world’s shipping industry has proved it is resilient and still vital.
At PISR we have spent the last year working without interruption, despite our staff shielding and working safely from home. As one of the world’s leading digital ship registries, our ’smart’ online technology has given us a real edge when it comes to performance.
That is something for our staff to be proud of, but the investments in digital online operations have paid significant dividends for the shipowners who fly the Palau flag.
It is almost five years since we established our European head office in Piraeus; our office has remained a hub for shipowners around the globe during this time and we are justifiably proud that we have not experienced any interruptions in our service over the past 12 months.
This is because we are a smart registry using technology to keep shipowners and our dedicated teams around the world in touch with each other, and providing the information they need in real time. The age of paperwork is disappearing; we realised that from the moment we established the registry.
Shipowners wanted a new way of working, and PISR introduced them to systems and processes that give them information on demand, wherever they are, whenever they want it, on a PC or smartphone and in real time, and at a cost they appreciate. From the requests and issuing of e-certificates in moments, through to accessing our online services, specifically designed for tomorrow’s shipowners, but available today.
We only have to look at the success of our unique Deficiency Prevention System (DPS) which we developed inhouse; its proven results show why we are climbing the Paris MoU performance table in terms of reduced detentions. There is nothing so damaging for shipowners as finding their ships delayed and held in port for infractions and regulatory omissions.
Our DPS has changed the landscape: shipowners are given early notice of possible issues and so can plan solutions to eradicate costly detentions. In the past 12 months we have proved the efficacy and the value of our systems. In the coming 12 months a lot more shipowners will experience the benefit of what being with a truly smart ship registry can offer.
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