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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 

Lloyd’s Register has certified the ‘Assist’ digital solution, a tool developed by Cetena that replaces hard copy Safe Return to Port (SRtP) documentation with a tablet-based solution allowing for key safety manuals to be centrally updated.

Assist – a shipboard operator Smart Assistant for Safe Return – has been installed on the 55,000gt Seven Seas Splendor, Regent Seven Sea Cruises’ newest fleet addition, which was built at Fincantieri’s Ancona Shipyard.

Under SOLAS, all vessels require a SRtP Operations Manual and this digital system – the first tool to replace hard copy SRtP documents – will substantially reduce the amount of paper documentation that a ship needs to store and avoids the wear and tear of hard copy manuals as well as human errors relating to sheet replacements and physical updates.

LR first classified the use of a SRtP onboard a passenger ship five years ago. This installation of Assist was undertaken in collaboration with the cruise ship’s flag, the Republic of the Marshall-Islands (RMI) Maritime Registry, the shipyard and the system manufacturer.

“Onboard Seven Seas Splendor, paper copies of SRtP documentation are now not needed, as all relevant SRtP information is now part of the ASSIST system, which has been developed and supplied by Cetena with technical support from LR colleagues in Trieste along with representatives from Marshall Islands. As part of a global and multi-disciplinary team, LR contributed and offered support for every stage of this project,” said Gabriele Sancin, Fire and Safety Team Leader, LR Trieste Technical Support Office.

Alessandro Bonvicini, Cetena, Head of Design for Safety said: “The fully independent software system greatly reduces potential for errors during emergency situations, reduces the environmental footprint of the paper manuals, and ensures any changes made are updated to the central database immediately. It is the first time such technology has been approved by a Flag State Administration for use onboard a ship, thanks in large part to the certification by Lloyd's Register. The installation of the SRtP system was performed by Fincantieri shipyard during the ship’s construction”.

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