(1 March 2021) The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is set to raise safety standards in the ferry passenger sector following a new partnership with leading maritime software, services and data analysis provider, NAPA.
NAPA Emergency Computer, which assesses the vulnerability of an intact ship as well as its survivability in case of a flooding emergency, and NAPA Loading Computer, which optimises vessel load while minimising stress and safety risk, have been selected for the Company’s new vessel, Manxman.
NAPA’s 3D modeling and design functionalities have also been utilised in the design of the bespoke vessel, which will replace the Ben-my-Chree when it comes into service in 2023. This investment in industry-leading safety software, which goes above and beyond what is required by regulation, demonstrates the Steam Packet Company’s commitment to increasing standards in the sector.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘We are proud to be recognised as a ferry operator raising standards in the maritime sector. The addition of NAPA’s software to better monitor conditions, mitigate risk and enhance ship-shore communication will be increasingly important to the safety of our crew and passengers.’
Lars Nickel, Sales Director, Safety Solutions at NAPA, added: ‘At NAPA, we pride ourselves on enabling vessel owners with the highest level of safety, efficiency, and performance. We are therefore pleased to have NAPA Emergency Computer, and NAPA Loading Computer, safely securing Manxman on the Heysham-Douglas route.’
Since its launch in 2015, NAPA Emergency Computer has become the industry benchmark for integrated decision support. The software is currently used by almost all the major cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Genting Cruise Lines, Virgin Voyages, Saga Cruises, Hurtigruten, and Lindblad Expeditions.