Singapore: Captain Rachit Jain is quite an entrepreneur with a keen eye for what both seafarers and owners need. The managing director of Safe Lanes Consultants was associated with BP and ExxonMobil for more than 10 years before setting up his own business.
“That time gave me immense hands on experience to assess a range of quality systems and vetting processes,” he recalls. He also realised that there is a significant gap between oil major expectations and the operating standards of shipping companies.
“Safe Lanes evolved,” he explains, “to plug this gap by positioning itself as a one stop shop for assessing and improving any and all aspects of safety, quality, health, security and environment management as well as vessel operation.”
Jain developed Ship Wise, which allows owners that outsource their commercial, technical, manning, newbuilding supervision or even pre-purchase inspections to appoint his staff as their in-house team to select and monitor their third party vendors. Ship Wise also serves as a benchmarking service providing owners with visibility on their cost and quality of operations vis-à-vis peers around the world.
Jain’s team also pioneered Seabook, a shipping and non-shipping news service.
“Seabook positions itself as pioneering news aggregator that allows personalised news feeds from across business, technology, politics or sports delivered on demand 24 hours a day into the seafarers’ crew email box and with no extra cost or equipment or software installations for owners,” Jain says. Among its 5,000 news sources is Splash.
With offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and India, Jain now wants to open up in Europe and the Americas.
Safe Lanes is a leader in the analysis of VDR data. As a next step, it is now working towards developing an online navigation equipment monitoring and auditing system.