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Amsol

A comprehensive, bespoke system


AMSOL

The Project

When African Marine Solutions (AMSOL) contacted KRS, the brief was clear: they required the ability to manage and administer various aspects of the AMSOL’s Ship Management business through one central system. At the same time, KRS needed to make sure that the business and systems’ processes were as smooth as possible and have the ability to send business data using “ship-to-shore” communication from their head office to their various vessels.

Working closely with the product managers at AMSOL, KRS applied their agile development process to this project and managed the full system development with five software developers and a Scrum Master, while all the time involving the team at AMSOL of the project progress.

The result speaks for itself, and along with making sure they understood the deep sea marine industry, KRS developed a comprehensive, bespoke system called SMART (Ship Management and Reporting Tool) which covers the following business areas:

  • Crew planning, certification, leave and payroll management
  • Vessel management, certification and performance
  • Policy management and distribution
  • SHE-Q administration and reporting (Safety, Health, Environment and Quality)
  • Information message queues to handle the remote vessel communication needs
  • Procurement (BEEE & Budget Monitoring)

For many years AMSOL used a number of vessel and crew management systems from abroad. Licensing and support was expensive, enhancements were slow and integration problematic. We decided to commission a bespoke system locally developed by KRS, due to their excellent reputation and skills in the Microsoft development stack.

What a difference this has made to our business! The monthly payroll run is fast and accurate, crew and vessel planning is a pleasure. Combine this with the ability to synchronise management operations, reporting and data; across vessels that are often out at sea for weeks; and we have a leading software product that enables us to confidently grow our business.

System support is top notch and it has been a pleasure to work with KRS over the years.

Caven Leale
Financial Director African Marine Solutions

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