Reederei F. Laeisz will carry out ship inspections with Kaiko Systems

Rostock-based shipping company Reederei F. Laeisz rolled out Kaiko Systems’ software solution for condition monitoring on the 18 vessels in its fleet. The two companies announced the news on 22 February 2024. By using the solution, F. Laeisz aims to increase the operational efficiency of its ships and modernise its fleet management.

F. Laeisz is one of the longest-established German shipping companies, which is known for its progressiveness and constant innovation across the 200 years of its existence.  

Kaiko Systems offers an app-based, intelligent, and user-friendly tool for ship inspections. It structures and analyses the data collected on board by the crew based on AI and provides insights into the condition of the fleet almost in real-time, identifies potential risks, and provides a basis for decision-making.

F. Laeisz had previously used a proprietary system to monitor the condition of its fleet but wanted to comprehensively modernise its maintenance processes. The company was faced with the choice of developing its own new system or using an existing solution on the market. After extensive testing, F. Laeisz opted for Kaiko Systems, a software-as-a-service solution that had already proven itself many times over on the market.

“We have high demands on our new system,” said Harald Schlotfeldt, Technical Director at F. Laeisz. “The software must, of course, be state-of-the-art. It must be easy and quick to implement so that the changeover is as simple and convenient as possible for our teams on board and ashore. It must help us to continuously optimise the condition of our fleet and thus prevent unpleasant surprises during maintenance procedures.

“The software from Kaiko Systems fulfils all of these requirements. The time savings, the increased energy efficiency and the cost savings that we can achieve with Kaiko Systems have convinced us.”

F. Laeisz wants to use the software to intensify collaboration between the teams on land and on board, simplify processes and thus reduce administrative costs, and ensure continuous monitoring of the vessels from land, which was previously not possible with the usual two to three ship visits per year.

Kaiko Systems also offers a wide range of helpful features, from corrosion detection and photo documentation to compliance checks, and job-specific guidance and information in the app, all designed to increase the efficiency and transparency of operational processes on board the vessels.

F. Laeisz is also currently preparing for the switch to the SIRE 2.0 ship inspection system, which places high demands on the crews. With Kaiko Systems, this switch to SIRE 2.0 is much easier to implement, as the tool offers users on board an end-to-end self-assessment and inspection preparation product. Its content has been developed together with global tanker and SIRE 2.0 experts.

“F. Laois decided in favour of Kaiko Systems because our product combines all the advantages: it is a best-in-class solution that has been tried and tested on the market and can also be tailored to the company’s needs with a high degree of flexibility,” said Fabian Fussek, Co-Founder and CEO of Kaiko Systems. “We are delighted to be able to support such a well-known shipping company in comprehensively modernising its processes and positioning itself optimally for the future.”