First-of-its-Kind Completely Mobile ABS Nautical Systems App Simplifies Subchapter M Compliance

Mike McDonald
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May 23, 2017


Mobile software solution streamlines onboard tasks for Subchapter M compliance. 

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has launched NS Workboat™, a new and completely mobile application from ABS Nautical Systems (NS), purpose-built for the workboat/inland sector.

“This app answers the growing demand for easy-to-use point solutions – a need that is particularly pronounced in the workboat sector, where many companies have little to no IT support on their boats,” says ABS Nautical Systems Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Schwarz. “A mobile app is the ideal solution to simplify Subchapter M compliance requirements with minimal disruption to day-to-day operations.”

The tablet-based application is delivered preconfigured to an operator’s selected Subchapter M safety management system. For companies selecting the US Coast Guard inspection option, documents required to demonstrate compliance are also included. Designed to facilitate “walk-around” tasks with a familiar and easy-to-use interface, the mobile app makes managing all of the critical Subchapter M compliance requirements nearly effortless. No onboard software is needed, and very little training is required. 

Tim Kirby, NS Enterprise Manager, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock says his company chose this solution because it is so easy to deploy. “We were looking for something that our crew could quickly get used to,” he says. “As a longtime customer of NS, and with Subchapter M approaching, we were eager to launch the NS Workboat app.” 

Sam Robinson, Vice President – Marine Operations, Genesis Marine, agrees. “A mobile application seemed like the obvious choice for our crew; so it was a pretty easy decision for us,” he says. “We believe this app will help us get up and running quickly and will be viewed by our crew as a significant improvement.” 

NS Workboat is a cloud-based subscription solution offered on both iOS and Android. Tablets are delivered preconfigured by NS as a part of the solution.


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