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- Shipping companies are proud
of their tradition, but markets have changed and so has business.
INTERSCHALT represents part of the future of the maritime industry as we
have built a value chain of solutions and services around the needs of ship
owners and managers to make their businesses fit for future challenges.
But developing innovative solutions requires a lot of experience.
INTERSCHALT has been engineering software products designed for the needs of
our clients for 25 years. Another big asset is our in-depth knowledge of
vessel technology – our original business lay in constructing engineering
and automation solutions such as switchboards and consoles. We know the
mechanical and electrical operation of a ship like the back of our hand.
- "We have built our value chain of smart
shipping solutions and services around the needs of ship owners and
managers which allow them to operate their fleet more efficiently."
Robert Gärtner, CEO
INTERSCHALT has been developing and delivering innovative software
solutions to the shipping industry for over 25 years. We convert
clients' ideas into products that benefit everybody in the industry.
The efficient use of INTERSCHALT software solutions in the fields of
vessel monitoring, fleet management, stowage planning, loading
computer and trim optimizations helps ship operators and ship owners
to optimize the costs of operating their vessels.
MEECOS Suite - THE MARITIME ENERGY EFFICIENCY COMPREHENSIVE
The Maritime Energy Efficiency Comprehensive Optimization Suite is
the full package of maritime shipping solutions. MEECOS as we call
it, contains all the planning and operation monitoring solutions you
need for efficient and safe commercial shipping, on board as well as
MEECOS consists of well-harmonized software products whose modules
all interlock with each other. It offers you a suite covering
important core areas of commercial shipping such as cargo planning
and securing, monitoring operations, weather routing and fleet
management issues. MEECOS – the future of the maritime industry,
providing significant gains in efficiency and safety, as well as
environmental benefits, to ship owners and shipping companies.
MACS3 Loading Computer
Cargo operations are a sensitive issue for every single vessel of
your fleet. If vessel-specific stability and stress criteria are
ignored when loading cargo, the ship might capsize, break up or
twist. Protect your assets from damage or loss by choosing a loading
computer that is type-approved and certified for on-board use by all
major classification bodies. MACS3 has firmly established itself in
the international market over the last 25 years with a market share
of over 65%, offering solutions for all types of vessels.
Large shipping line operators use StowMan for their voyage cargo
planning involving multiple ports. They benefit from our integrated
systems on board (MACS3) and ashore (StowMan) using the same data to
enable maximized cargo load while reducing planning time
significantly. The well-established StowMan is under constant
development to make cargo planning more efficient, e.g. in terms of
planning time, idle times in port and cargo rotations. Thanks to
already implemented modules such as our trim-optimization module
(TROP), StowMan is today one of the most advanced stowage planning
systems available in the market. It optimizes the vessel’s trim and
replaces ballast water with cargo intake for increased vessel
BLUETRACKER - TOTAL EFFICIENCY
Bunker fuel prices have almost tripled during the last
years. A ship owner who has online access to all relevant vessel data can react
proactively and save money. To find out where, why and how much bunker fuel is
being consumed is the key mission of BLUETRACKER. The primary function is to
gain reliable data and generate relevant information to create performance
indicators and optimization reports for each vessel and the whole fleet.
And that is what BLUETRACKER does. It monitors and
analyzes the performance of a ship by collecting data via interfaces from
different sources (fuel counter, shaft power meter, alarm and monitoring system,
motion sensors, weather data, loading computer, engine data, bunker management
system, voyage data, navigational data, tank level gauging systems, etc.) and
delivering them to the crew on board as well as to the ship owner at given
BLUEWAVE – REAL-TIME WEATHER DATA
Imagine your vessel is coming from India, heading for
the Suez Canal. Your weather monitoring system shows a heavy storm coming up.
Heavy weather can cause up to 20% more bunker fuel usage. With our route
planning and optimization system, BLUEWAVE, you know what to expect. The crew
can slow down to let the weather pass and make major fuel savings. BLUEWAVE also
helps you to plan the most efficient route and calculate alternative arrival
times in case of any incidents.
BLUEWAVE, together with BLUETRACKER, can be used on
board as well as ashore – for example as part of our FLEET OPERATION CENTER
(FOC). It is also available as a stand-alone system, but we highly recommend the
combination with BLUETRACKER.
BLUEWAVE is a planning module of our comprehensive
Maritime Energy Efficiency Comprehensive Optimization Suite (MEECOS)
BLUEFLEET – EXPERIENCE TO MEET YOUR NEEDS
You have the choice: Your crew can send you an e-mail with a
checklist of onboard maintenance measures or annual records
following the ISM Code. Your inspector can simply file the results
away in the SMM. But can you be sure that your crew really conducted
those checks? BLUEFLEET, our state-of-the-art ISM management system,
enables you to have complete control over the planned maintenance
procedures for every vessel in your fleet, complying with the
highest safety standards that every ship owner has to rely on.
Fleet Operation Center
FLEET OPERATION CENTER – THE FUTURE OF EFFICIENCY & SAFETY
A ship owner’s dream is to have maximum information via remote
access to all vessels in the fleet. With the IS FLEET OPERATION
CENTER (FOC), this is a reality. It combines our finest software
solutions with advanced flat-screen technology to create a
spaceship-like control center. Every DPA has unlimited real-time
access to each vessel’s nautical data supplied by the Voyage Data
Recorder, to ship’s data via BLUETRACKER, weather reports from
BLUEWAVE and loading conditions transmitted by our Loading Computer
MACS3 including the trim optimization module TROP. The result: you
can resolve problems before they become critical.
- "Service means putting oneself in the position of a
client and having the strength to say "Let’s go for it" even beyond the
terms of a contract." INTERSCHALT President Ulf Hansen
Service and support are the center of our strive towards sustainability. Our
aim is total efficiency for your fleet and 100% customer satisfaction. We
offer 24/7 availability and 360° service on board in addition to shore-based
maintenance with flat fees and transparent reporting.
IS Service & Support
- SERVICE & SUPPORT – IS CARE 360°
The INTERSCHALT Service is as versatile as the customers we work for.
Working with us means your challenges will be solved. Our approach is
flexible, transparent and solution-oriented, wherever your vessels are.
Supported by a worldwide coordination team together with more than 400
service engineers we will find a solution.
Seven INTERSCHALT locations and more than a hundred partners secure our
local presence in a steadily growing number of ports in more than 30
countries. There we perform routine inspections as well as emergency repairs
to save you precious time and unnecessary costs.
Our vision is to be virtually present on board your vessels through the
technology we install. As soon as our monitoring solutions report
malfunctions, we solve the problem.
IS Shore Based Maintenance
- SHORE-BASED MAINTENANCE – CONTRACTUAL EFFICIENCY
To raise service quality to an advanced level and avoid off-hire times are
reasons to hand shore-based maintenance over to INTERSCHALT. Another one is
to delegate the responsibility for on-board quality to us as your partner.
We offer you individually customized modular services that can be combined
into contract packages. These range from mandatory annual surveys to full
maintenance contracts covering all maintenance and repairs to navigation and
Your major benefit is a condition-based flat rate for your fleet. Consistent
and transparent reporting fleet wide, monthly, quarterly or annually, gives
you complete control over the costs and performance of each item, each ship
and the entire fleet. On this basis, we serve you in optimizing efficiency
and safety on board. The owners of more than 3,400 ships already place their
trust in us.
- IS WORLDWIDE SERVICES – WHEREVER YOU NEED US
A tightly knit network of INTERSCHALT locations and partners guarantees a
24/7 service worldwide.Seven INTERSCHALT service centers and more than a
hundred service partners with 400 service engineers in over 30 countries are
ready to support your vessels with maintenance services, inspections and
spare parts – around the clock, 365 days a year. A very close cooperation
between our worldwide coordinators, our own IS-branches and on site service
partners guarantees high service quality. Service engineers are thoroughly
trained and certified before they work on board.
SATELLITE COMMUNICATION – ENHANCED CONNECTIVITY
Steady access to vessel data enables you to receive
all information to monitor the performance of vessel and crew. A reliable
satellite communication system is the basis of our integrated vessel monitoring
system BLUETRACKER and our fleet management system BLUEFLEET.
In cooperation with our hardware partners, we offer you complete
satellite communications solutions including installation, implementation of
hardware and software, support and airtime.
- "The ECDIS Training was marvelous; a friendly,
helpful and patient instructor was able to answer our questions before we
asked them" Piers Edward Duncan Boileau-Goad, Second Officer in the service
of Oceania Cruises and 2500th ECDIS course participant
The seamless operation of hardware and software, combined with human
excellence, makes the difference in commercial shipping. In our Maritime
Education & Training (MET) facility, professionals train your staff in
amazingly real simulators and situations – so realistic that trainees forget
it’s just a simulation.
- MARITIME EDUCATION & TRAINING – VALUE PROTECTION
Investment in crew skills never stops; for trainees or trainers. That is why
INTERSCHALT steadily invests time, money and creativity in keeping our
MARITIME EDUCATION & TRAINING CENTER (MET) a unique, state of the art
training location. Good training is not only the best way to prevent
accidents. It also enables crews to operate your ship safely and efficiently
thanks to training on our bridge simulation facilities.
- IMPROVE THE SKILLS OF YOUR STAFF FOR SAFETY AND
We offer a wide spectrum of tailor-made courses and training for bridge and
engine room simulation; resource management, crisis management as well as
standards such as ECDIS. Our training sessions for your staff on board or
ashore will be accompanied by highly qualified instructors. What’s more,
professional service personnel will take care of accommodation and
hotel-transfer. Please find an overview of our courses here.
YOUR MET EVENT – EXCLUSIVE AND TRULY UNIQUE
Being captain for a day and taking control of a huge container
vessel is a dream for many people. You can make this dream come true
for your guests. Let them start a voyage as a captain and crew on
our 270° simulator bridge from Hamburg to Shanghai – a truly unique
experience for you and your staff in our Maritime Education &
The MET is not only an advanced nautical training center for
maritime professionals, but also an extraordinary location for
anniversaries, company events, conferences or meetings. Our MET
offers space for up to 50 people with spacious, air-conditioned and
versatile meeting rooms equipped with modern audio and video
technology, as well as a top class catering service.
- "We continuously work on optimizing ship operations
with software and service solutions. Shipping will become even safer and
more efficient." Robert Gärtner, CEO
Once we were known for our expertise in maritime switchboard technology.
Today, our hull mark is the seamless cooperation between our systems and
software solutions. An example: more than 4.000 commercial vessels worldwide
sail with our voyage data recorder technology.
Voyage Data Recorder G4[e]
- VOYAGE DATA RECORDER – ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND
A VDR has been mandatory since 2002. So why not make the most of it? Our
development engineers turned a simple data collector and storage device into
a smart data provider for third parties and a real-time monitor with
off-track alarm on board and ashore. Detection of non-conformity between the
real-time position and the corridor data will alert those in charge such as
the DPA (Designated Person Ashore). The corridor tracking tool enables you
to plan safe voyages and receive notifications in critical situations. For
passage planning, a corridor within which the vessel is permitted to sail
can be defined for the whole route. If the ship leaves the corridor, the
online monitor transmits an automated alarm. In addition, our VDR functions
as a data provider for our Fleet Operation Center, providing more safety for
your vessels. Important information about radars, alarms, the position on
the electronic chart, engine data, conning display and helm data is
available at given intervals.
Monitoring & Control
- MONITORING & CONTROL SYSTEMS – 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY
Although INTERSCHALT’s core business is moving towards software and service
solutions, we still offer smart hardware devices which are often enough
essential to a vessel’s safety and efficiency.
Diesel Electric Propulsion
- DIESEL ELECTRIC PROPULSION - POWER MANAGEMENT OF THE HIGHEST
Since 2008 we have been planning, constructing and implementing
diesel-electric propulsion systems on river cruise vessels. Our
biggest asset is our in-depth knowledge of energy distribution
on all types of vessels. That is one of the reasons why our DEP systems run smoothly on the
ships we have equipped with our system. Our DEP systems are built in Germany
to meet the highest standards of efficiency and safety in power management,
fit the space required and deliver around-the-clock working.
In the near future, more than 60 vessels will sail on Europe’s major inland
waterways with our diesel-electric propulsion system on board. They will be
served and inspected by INTERSCHALT specialists.