Why Thome prefers to work with Compas Cloud
Thome Ship Management’s recent history is a story of confident growth and diversification at a time of depressing uncertainty in the global shipping economy. But the company was backed by competent partners in making this possible.
Thome Ship Management Singapore needed an interruption-free transition to a higher operational capacity at a critical stage in their growth and diversification graph so that they could keep their most important day-to-day operations running as if it was business as usual. The nature of the need defined their next steps as they moved from a legacy system for their crew management operations, which was installed on their workstations and servers in offices worldwide to Compas Cloud, which is a remote located application accessible from any screen connected to the Internet.
The scale of operations at Thome and their geographic spread also prompted this decision more than anything else. At the time of moving from legacy systems for crew management to a cloud based application, Thome’s network had 44 manning offices and six crewing agencies worldwide, managed 240 vessels on behalf of 79 principals, employed over 8,300 seagoing staff to do this job, and used eight different travel agencies to ensure constant crew availability in all its vessels.
Compas had a few inherent advantages that probably no other crew management application boasted of. First of all, it was one of the first crew management systems operating wholly on the cloud. Besides being easy to deploy and use, and easy to access from any location, it was a highly stable and reliable system with the minimum amount of downtime. It was highly user friendly and required negligible maintenance and system administration. And it envisioned an onboard module that would make ship-shore integration a cakewalk.
Now compare some of the major efficiencies of the cloud application:
Crew data uploaded centrally to Crew Information System
Uploading crew data locally
Marine payroll prepared centrally and based on hard copy reports
Marine payroll prepared locally and based on system data
Principals had no access to crew data or planning other than through email
All crew data and planning available online in real time
Crew reports prepared centrally to ensure accuracy
Crew reports are now real time and available in any location
Compliance with certification, training and documentation requirements monitored locally
Status of compliance with certification, training and documentation requirements now available real time from any location
Crew availability from manning agencies limited to emails
Crew availability real time in Compas with overview of all manning agencies combined
Little sharing of crew across business units
Each business unit have access to the crew pool for the entire Thome Group
Ships informed of crew change by email
Crew change plans available real time onboard
Crew appraisals done in hard copy
Crew appraisal electronic in Compas and shared between departments
Enrolment to training courses done via email
Enrolment to training courses online in real time
Opening of training courses based on requests from local manning agents
Opening of training courses done based on actual crew on leave with non-compliance, readiness and assignment