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Zodiac Maritime Agency

Consistent data delivery to ships at sea

Case study on Zodiac Maritime Agency

Dramatic reduction in time and cost to deliver safety manuals to ships around the world.

iOra delivers safety manuals from shore to ship using patented replication technology transforming the way documents are delivered for Zodiac.

Background
Zodiac is an international ship management company specializing in the management of VLOCs, Capesize, Panamax, Handymax and Handysize Bulk Carriers, Chemical Tankers, LPG Tankers, Container Ships and Pure Car (Truck) Carriers. Zodiac is headquartered in London with a representative office in Shanghai. Zodiac manages one of the largest UK-flagged fleets.

The Challenge
Important safety management system documentation needed to be sent to vessels around the world regularly and the method of CD distribution was proving to be a costly, unreliable and ineffective method of delivery. Zodiac embarked on a review of IT systems and operations to enable documents to be sent via satellite network whilst using minimum network connection and resource.

The Geo-Replicator® Solution
To keep information on board up-to-date, optimise data transfer between its onshore office and ships at sea, whilst also minimizing the data sent over satellite, Zodiac deployed iOra’s Geo-Replicator® software. iOra’s solution enables remote users working on the edge of the corporate network to access up-to-date documentation and allows Zodiac to regularly update content to their vessels with minimal resource and ensure that consistent information is available throughout the fleet.

The Result
iOra software is now installed on each vessel in Zodiac’s managed fleet, ensuring up-to-date management information is available anywhere in the world without having to manually deliver a CD every few months – it is now updated as and when needed, electronically.

What the Client Says

“The introduction of the technology has enabled us to work with much improved efficiency and has now been deployed across the fleet to transform the way we operate. Instead of sending information by CD, which was a timely and costly process, iOra allows us to send data electronically but using minimal network time. We are now looking at installing this technology into other areas of the Zodiac business.”

Ilan Shechter, IT Manager, Zodiac

Geo-Replicator® Benefits
Faster access to critical business information in remote areas of the world improves collaboration and efficiency. This can result in a dramatic reduction in the cost of data transmission, easier access to decision-making information and, because knowledge is kept accessible and searchable for all users, can improve organisational agility and responsiveness.

“The introduction of Geo-Replicator® has enabled us to work with much improved efficiency and has now been deployed across the fleet to transforming the way we operate.”

“Providing timely updates to tankers around the world’s oceans have presented logistical problems. iOra’s solution is designed to allow us to deliver updated information quickly and efficiently.”

“iOra continues to be an integral part of the Ministry of Defence, delivering essential software across the organisation. Their software delivers a one stop strategy, saving time, money and resources.”

“In terms of the benefits to the Australian Department of Defence, they now have access to the full SharePoint platform capability – any time, anywhere – literally!”

“The Regs4ships system with iOra Geo-Replicator® allows shore managers and ships’ crews to refer to integrated data in near real time.”

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