Landmark installation reflects growing momentum for Kongsberg Maritime's unique
K-Log reduces the man hours spent on completing extensive logbook entries.
Kongsberg Maritime has taken an order to install its unique K-Log Electronic
Logbook onboard the Petroleum Geo-Service (PGS) owned newbuild, Ramform Sovereign,
which was christened at Aker Yards, Langsten on 11th March 2008. As the third generation
Ramform vessel, Sovereign, who's first charter will be with StatoilHydro on the
Norwegian Continental Shelf is being hailed as the most advanced seismic vessel
today, and the technology onboard reflects this.
Reduce hours spent on logbook entries
K-Log will be integrated into a Kongsberg Seatex HMS100 Helideck Monitoring System
and a 3rd party IAS system onboard Ramform Sovereign, which demonstrates its integration
qualities and its ability to reduce the man hours spent on completing extensive
logbook entries. By integrating sensors from various critical sub-systems with K-Log,
many logbook entries can be automated and sent to the shore office, which enhances
an operator's ability to monitor and control its vessels, in addition to reducing
the amount of time that officers have to spend on logging.
Specified for newbuildings
As the leader in the field of electronic logbooks, and the only company able
to offer multiple Flag State approvals, Kongsberg Maritime is starting to see such
systems specified for newbuildings on a regular basis and has reported a significant
positive upturn in the number of enquiries it receives from owners and operators
Electronic logbooks has matured
"We've been developing electronic logbooks since 2002, with the ultimate goal
of replacing paper logbooks," says Stig Wahlstrøm, Product Manager for K-Log at
Kongsberg Maritime. "The often conservative nature of the maritime industry has
meant that the system has slowly become recognised but vessels like Ramform Sovereign
and K-Log installations on 6 new LNG's for AP Møller and various other newbuilds
shows that the idea of electronic logbooks has matured, which is validation for
the amount of development and the belief that our team here has in the system."