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Oceans HQ: Software solution for flags

London: Oceans HQ, a provider of specialised software to the world’s maritime administrations, this week signed an agreement to deliver a new digital vessel registration system to the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The new digital platform forms a key component of the MCA’s 2016/17 business plan and is critical to its digital strategy which is designed to improve the way it provides a range of services.

Oceans HQ has partnered with Thoughtbot London to deliver a modern software solution inspired by its Vessel HQ product, already in operation at a number of flag states. Vessel HQ is a software platform complementing ISO quality management system standards and which maritime administrations use to manage the registry of ships while simultaneously meeting their international obligations to the IMO and ILO.

Oceans HQ maritime administration and registry expert Captain Des Howell, tells Maritime CEO: “This contract with the UK MCA is a demonstration of our ability to fulfil the digital strategy requirements of leading flag administrations. Our conversations with other flag states suggest that they understand the need for a partner that speaks their language and has the resources to deliver a workable solution.”

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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