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Coles takes Wallem ops to the cloud

The news from the Quarry Bay, Hong Kong headquarters of Wallem Group is coming thick and fast under new CEO Frank Coles, who took the reins of the 116-year-old company seven months ago.

Having just announced John-Kaare Aune, formerly of the Cayman Registry, as the new head of Wallem Ship Management, the group has revealed to clients its decision to opt for a commercial, off the shelf cloud-based solution from BASS for its fleet management and business operations.

“Wallem is focused on leading the industry in one critical way ‘walking the talk’ about safety, quality, ethics and service.  We will not compromise these standards for new business, or to compete against less scrupulous players.  As such transparency in everything we do is a by word for our operations and actions.  I believe BASS will enable Wallem to deliver on these aims and ethics,” Coles stated in a note to clients seen by Splash.

Coles went on to highlight some of the key words in a press release the company is about to send out, namely “the complete suite, without customisation.”

“We want to make sure that we are able to properly implement digitalisation in the way it is supposed to happen and not interfere with the operations of your and our business.  We will remain Sarbanes compliant,” Coles stated.

Wallem has chosen to use BASSnet™ as a total solution for maintenance, safety, operational and financial management, among others, on a fleet-wide basis.

In the press release, Coles elaborated: “Having run several maritime software companies and considering the complexities of operations, compliance and the regulatory environment, I was keen to not reinvent the wheel. We have chosen to install a cloud based COTS solution, without customisation.  Exactly how digitalisation is supposed to be done.  We are going to defy the myth that ship operations and management needs to be different, or somehow special.  It does not need all the disparate or heavily customised homegrown systems. This is the stuff of myths created by a lack of understanding and/or old fashioned operational beliefs and techniques.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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