DNV GL approves IBM’s Maximo software

DNV GL approves tech giant IBM’s Maximo software for maritime and offshore sectors with SRO Solutions, part of the Cohesive Companies

The latest version of IBM’s Maximo Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software, an essential industry tool that helps ship owners maintain their vessels in accordance with international regulations, has been granted type approval by classification society DNV GL.

The certification process for Maximo version 7.x was overseen by Manchester-based maritime and offshore specialist IT firm SRO Solutions, part of the Cohesive Companies

Shipowners are legally required to implement a Planned Maintenance System (PMS) to ensure their vessels are operated and maintained in accordance with class and manufacturer requirements. Maximo fulfils a vast range of functions including the recording of work orders, maintenance intervals, and historical and upcoming jobs on board, along with numerous reporting functions.

IBM’s software is widely used by companies operating in the international maritime, and oil and gas sectors to manage their assets and equipment.

Andrew Carrie, Operations Director at SRO Solutions, said the granting of type approval for version 7.x provides reassurance for Maximo’s maritime and offshore clients that the software continues to satisfy all relevant class and legal obligations.

Andrew Carrie, Operations Director, SRO Solutions

He said: “All shipowners are required to have a PMS that complies with the rules set out by their classification society. In the four years since DNV GL last granted type approval for Maximo, both the asset management software and the classification society’s own requirements have changed. Our team spent eight weeks highlighting new functionality, gathering documentation to support new technical requirements, and providing demonstrations to DNV GL’s accredited surveyor.”

As well as being a Gold Accredited IBM Business Partner, SRO is the only partner with the capability to provide a data replication (SDR) service operating in tandem with Maximo. SDR is specifically designed to work in locations where the internet connection is poor, allowing businesses with remote and offshore assets to share as close to live data as possible.

Any business around the world that is certified by DNV GL and uses Maximo in an offshore or maritime capacity, whether they are a customer of SRO Solutions or not, will benefit from the newly obtained classification approval.

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