Navis is looking to build on the 65% market share it claims for its MACS3 loading computer with the launch of MACS3 E-Learning for container vessels.
At SMM Hamburg today Navis announced the launch of MACS3 E-Learning for container vessel, a web-based programme for nautical officers. Users earn a ‘MACS3 Ready’ certification, enabling them to use a MACS3 loading computer in the industry.
This move is another step in Navis’ strategy of growing an ecosphere of connected products that link vessel and port operations, with a community of people trained to use them. “With 65% of the container shipping market share and growing, MACS3 is the industry standard for safe and efficient loading operations. As loading computers evolve from a standalone solution to a more advanced data source capable of facilitating better communication and collaboration throughout the ocean shipping supply chain, on-demand training and education is essential for capitalizing on this technology,” Navis said.
Recognising MACS3’s german origins via Navis’s acquisition of Interschalt Marine, the MACS3 E-Learning programme was developed in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Flensburg, Maritime Centre. “It was created for experienced mariners and other individuals with responsibilities in cargo operations, as well as students working to obtain a certificate as a Navigational Watchkeeping Officer or higher,” Navis explained.
The training follows a “story-based learning system, presenting tasks users may face during cargo operations. Additionally, it offers numerous tutorials and exercises to improve competency and skill sets including, strength, cargo handling, cargo stowage, cargo lashing and dangerous goods and design. The course is available as a B2B version targeting ship owners and ship managers to allow a seamless integration with existing crew training concepts, or as a single license”.
“A quality training program to immerse nautical officers is of upmost importance for ship owners and crewing agencies,” said Gerald Lange, MACS3 Product Manager, Navis. “With MACS3 E-Learning, we have defined basic standards by which customers become qualified MACS3 users, providing valuable instruction on container vessel loading and stability concepts and offer a certification once the training is complete.”
Also this week at SMM, Navis is previewing “MACS3 Connected”, the next generation of MACS3 that adds vessel information to the cloud with three key services: Loading Conditions (current and historical); Condition Viewer - enables shore-based monitoring of the current loading condition of the fleet; Dangerous Goods (DG) Check - compares stowage and segregation of dangerous goods against the vessel profile and DOC database in combination with the MACS3 dangerous good segregation engine.
“Real-time information and data is key when it comes to cargo operations, but having easy access to that data is another challenge,” said Guy Rey-Herme, President of XVELA and the Head of Maritime Solutions at Navis. “We’re excited to preview MACS3 Connected at SMM for the first time as we increase our cloud capabilities across our software solutions, furthering our goal to make Navis’ full product suite more connected for our dynamic customer base.”
From left to right: Marcus Wöster, University of Applied Sciences Flensburg, Selke Eichler, Navis and Gerald Lange, Navis).