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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 

Bakker Sliedrecht has provided an upgraded BIMAC vessel management system for a chemical tanker, which the company says makes the vessel more manageable and allows the owner to schedule maintenance more efficiently, leading to a reduction in operational costs.

The upgraded Bakker Integrated Modular Alarm Control (BIMAC) system allows data from the vessel to be safely logged, giving the crew insights to all events and the history of the vessel’s installations.

Bakker Sliedrecht automation engineer Bart van Wijngaarden said: “The market is increasingly requiring data logs which can be analysed at the office. This allows companies to better manage their fleet and schedule maintenance more efficiently. This reduces costs and improves the operational deployment of their vessels.”

Shipowner ChemContrans owner is pleased with the upgrade. The vessel, Comus 2,  has 13 separate tanks and transports various chemicals in the Dutch and Belgian port areas. It has been sailing day and night for 12 years and is only stationary during loading and unloading. David Olislagers of ChemContrans said: “In all those years, Bakker Sliedrecht’s vessel management system worked perfectly, therefor we chose BIMAC again. The upgrade tailored to our vessel. We are now able to collect and analyse more data and service engineers of Bakker Sliedrecht can log in remotely to provide remote support.”

According to Olislagers, the ship can perform optimally thanks to the BIMAC system. Additionally, the new system allows ChemContrans to demonstrate to customers and authorities that the ship is in order and properly maintained. “During the entire upgrade, the ship was decommissioned for only three days. At that time, the system was upgraded and five new computers with touchscreens were installed and tested,” he said.

BIMAC enables the crew to control the entire ship, from bridge to engine room and from power management system to propulsion, on screen. The system can be customised with all desired functions, such as ballast pumps, tank level measurements and remote assistance and diagnostics. Bakker Sliedrecht has developed and installed the system on various ships, including dredgers and patrol ships. New functionalities are continuously added.

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