The TM Master shipboard management system has been used by vessels for around three decades now, and it has carved out a strong position in the market, especially amongst Norwegian shipowners and managers. From the outset, Planned Maintenance was one of the cornerstones of the software and is fully integrated with the other modules in TM Master, including procurement, crew, quality and environment.
The TM Maintenance module is designed to provide a very flexible system for planning and managing all maintenance work performed on a vessel, whether it is scheduled, preventive, corrective, or condition based. With the integrated purchasing module, the ordering of spare parts and consumables works like a natural extension of the maintenance function, enabling users to keep track of both current stock and items on order. Tero Marine has recently added several additional elements, including a new forecasting feature that gives the user the opportunity to ascertain if the appropriate maintenance resources are available in the near or distant future. VP marketing, Jarle Holmelid, says: “TM Master has for some time had the ability to link spare parts and personnel requirements to jobs. In this version there is also a new facility to specify other costs related to a job. The Forecasting module uses all this information to predict future spare part requirements, manpower needs and all costs related to shipboard maintenance.”
The anticipated consumption of spare parts is reflected in a predicted stock level, allowing the user to ensure that stock levels are maintained. An indication of quantities currently on order for the relevant spares is also available. The predicted manpower requirements can be compared to the planned crew onboard, using either information from the crew module or a specified default manning level.
Tero Marine’s recently added docking module allows the user to define the initial parameters for the project, either by creating a new project or basing it on an earlier docking. Holmelid adds: “In the period leading up to the vessel’s arrival at the yard, it is possible to add to and edit the jobs, and choose to lock the project to keep it safe from unauthorised use. Any type of job can be attached to the project, irrespective of whether it is a typical dock job or a routine maintenance job. Due to the integration of the Docking module with the Procurement module in TM Master, jobs can be transferred with just a press of a button.”
One of the customers that has been in Tero Marine’s trial group for TM Docking, a Norwegian OSV company with 25 offshore vessels, is considering the use of this module to give it a competitive edge in the market by increasing their organisational and financial control of docking operations. The reporting functions will also be used by the management team in the company for more precise budgeting.
New customers for Tero Marine’s software include the OSM Maritime Group, which has chosen TM Master as the company’s preferred planned maintenance system. Tero Marine is now in the process of implementing the software on 24 container vessels under the technical management of OSM. The OSM Group is a major player in the international shipping community, with approximately 10,000 employees and 500 vessels in its worldwide operations.
For Stenersen, based in Bergen, which operates a total of 17 chemical/product tankers, Tero Marine is now in the process of converting its entire fleet to TM Master, while the company is also working with Boa Offshore, another Norwegian shipping company, which operates a diversified fleet of 41 units worldwide. Boa has recently decided to use TM Master, and Tero is now installing its software suite on the first 14 vessels in the Boa fleet.
More recently, Knutsen OAS Shipping has extended its existing framework agreement with Tero Marine for another four years. This commits the Norwegian owner to continue using the software on its fleet of 38 tankers.