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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 01:08

Logos Hope gets a collaboration refit

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The world’s largest floating book fair has undergone a complex 8.2 million Euro technical refit using the cloud capabilities of Clarizen’s collaboration software to manage the project.

The cloud capabilities made the five-month refit possible. The ship – MV Logos Hope, owned by GBA Ships - was docked in the Keppel shipyard in Singapore, while the project managers took turns being on site from their normal locations of Germany and Australia.  

GBA Ships Project Manager Matt Blair (Australia) said Clarizen’s cloud-based solution meant the different team members around the world could manage aspects of the work on the project in real time and always know what each other were doing.

As Blair explained: “We’re not a project management company. We own and operate a ship and our project management experience is fairly basic but Clarizen was very easy for us to use. The cloud aspects of the solution were hugely useful – they meant that team members all around the world were able to provide input into any technical issues in what was a complicated project. Clarizen’s software was very simple to use, reports were easy to generate and the pricing was very attractive.”

The work involved replacing two of the vessel’s 40 year-old generators, replacing the main switchboard to cope with the increased electrical load, and installing a heat recovery system. It’s estimated the new systems will save around 300,000 Euros a year in operational costs.

The total refit took 190,000 man-hours to complete and also included upgrading the cooling system for the main engines and replacing the floor on the ship’s galley.

Avinoam Nowogrodski, Clarizen founder and CEO commented: “This is exactly the kind of project that we are delighted to be involved with. It’s a great example of how Clarizen can cut costs, increase efficiency and make possible projects that before the cloud were almost inconceivable.”

Peter Nicoll, GBA Ships CEO (South Africa), echoed this saying: “This project has set a new standard for project management for our organisation, in financing, planning and people-centred management. The outcome is a more efficient and reliable platform for the organisation’s work in the years to come.” 

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