Includes Streamlined Inspection Program for Fire Island Ferries
Hudson, MA – January 17, 2011 – SeaKits, the developer and provider of the award-winning Marine Maintenance SystemSM (MMS), has released Version 3.0 of MMS Fleet Solutions providing expanded functionality for workboat fleets, including passenger, tow and service vessels. MMS Fleet Solutions V3.0 provides Port Engineers, Maintenance Managers, and company executives with fleet-level visibility of all planned and corrective maintenance activities including maintenance schedules/forecasts, work orders, and inventory levels. MMS Fleet Solutions leverages Cloud Computing and is available as Software-as-a-Service, requiring no local IT infrastructure or support of any kind.
SeaKits recently signed a contract to provide turnkey implementation of MMS Fleet Solutions to Fire Island Ferries (FIFI) in Bay Shore, New York. FIFI is one of an expanding number of passenger vessel fleets implementing the Coast Guard’s Streamlined Inspection Program (SIP), a cooperative program between the Coast Guard and the passenger vessel industry that provides an alternative to traditional inspection regimes. Dave Anderson, General Manager, said, “We were an early adherent to the SIP and saw in SeaKits’ Fleet Solutions a way to automate much of the paperwork associated with SIP. The SIP inspection requirements will schedule and alert along with our other planned maintenance items ensuring continuous compliance, one of the key objectives of the SIP.”
Boston’s Best Cruises (BBC), an early adopter of MMS Fleet Solutions will be using the new fleet-level work management and inventory management features of V3.0. With a fleet of 20 vessels located in Boston and Ft. Lauderdale and personnel leveraged between locations, fleet level parts and work activities provides a distinct advantage in vessel reliability. BBC’s Maintenance Manager, Kenny Campbell, remarked, “Fleet Solutions is allowing me to efficiently assign and track work and inspections across the fleet knowing that the required parts, engineering documents, and detailed maintenance requirements are available for each task. This reduces the time the maintenance workers spend looking for tools, parts, and documents.”
Commenting on SeaKits turnkey implementation approach, Tim Mooney, President of Fire Island Ferries, said, “SeaKits took the time to get on our boats and understand our operation so they could provide a fixed price proposal for the full implementation of a computerized maintenance program, including converting our paper-based Streamlined Inspection Program into an automated system. Their risk reducing approach to implementation was very compelling.”
SeaKits, Inc. was founded in 2006 by a submarine service veteran and USCG Licensed Master who wanted a better way to outfit and maintain his own trawler yacht for extended cruising. SeaKits provides the Marine Maintenance Systemsm and related products and services, including Outfitting and Global Logistics. For more information contact Barry Kallander at 978-562-5211, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.wheelhousetech.com.
About Boston’s Best Cruises
Boston’s Best Cruises is owned by Water Transportation Alternatives, Inc. (WTAI), which is comprised of a group of business entities specializing in marine transportation and related maritime industries. The company, founded in 1996, now operates or owns the following: MBTA Harbor Express Water Shuttle, New England Aquarium Whale Watch, Boston Harbor Islands National Park Ferry Service, the Salem Ferry, Ft. Lauderdale Water Taxi, Charter Services, and Consulting Services. http://bostonsbestcruises.com/
About Fire Island Ferries
Fire Island Ferries is a passenger and freight ferry service on the Great South Bay, NY providing transportation to Fire Island (a barrier island due south of the south shore of Long Island). Fire Island Ferries, Inc has been providing this service to 8 communities on Fire Island since 1948, and currently operates 23 vessels in the subchapter K, T, and I classes. Additionally, Fire Island Water Taxi, LLC (a subsidiary company) provides water taxi service to Fire Island operating both across Great South Bay and lateral service between all the Fire Island communities and National Seashore properties. For more information you can visit us at www.fireislandferries.com/ and www.fireislandwatertaxi.com.