Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has switched its navigation software provider to ChartCo in another of its long line of innovations.
KOTC was the first MarFlex customer to have NQZR smart ad pump technology built in on board four new medium-range tankers built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea in 2014.
A year later, KOCT installed Marlink’s Sealink VSAT services on all its crude, oil product and liquefied petroleum gas carriers to improve its global logistics operations and enhance crew welfare.
However, not all KOTC innovations have been welcomed, such as the time it published the results of ballast water treatment equipment tenders on its website.
The latest tender was for its navigational requirements and KOTC has contracted ChartCo, the global leader of digital marine compliance and navigation, to supply back-of-bridge management software and navigational, regulatory and compliance data services to KOTC’s entire fleet of 33 vessels, with scope to expand as the fleet grows.
As part of the new collaboration, KOTC will upgrade its existing navigation and compliance management system to ChartCo’s new fully integrated platform, OneOcean.
Commenting on the tender award, KOTC’s superintendent of fleet marine operation division, Capt Bader Nasrallah, said “KOTC is known for being an early adopter of ideas and developments in the industry and we like to work with expert and innovator companies. In this key area, we find ChartCo’s offering to be not only the most comprehensive, their capability is also well-matched to our needs. We are also impressed with their commitment to making the installation and adoption process a positive one.”
ChartCo’s chief executive, Martin Taylor commented “It’s rewarding when customers acknowledge how our expertise brings new knowledge and value to their own business; KOTC’s approach to shipping is very commendable, setting a good example for others. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from them and believe we’re well on the way to building an enduring relationship. As our business continues to grow both in terms of geographical global coverage and in the breadth of our marine services and solutions, partner strengths become ever-more important.”
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