Trying to keep up with the myriad port closures and restrictions worldwide related to the pandemic is overwhelming. Even crewmembers and yacht managers are having a hard time, because policies are changing every day. If this has cost you, literally and figuratively, in terms of rotating your crew and repositioning your yacht, you’re not alone. However, one company is sorting through the daunting data. International Maritime Security Associates (IMSA) amended its ARMS software platform specifically to track and update—in real time—COVD-19 outbreaks, quarantines, closures, and restrictions for vessels.
IMSA specializes in maritime risk management, among other things. Its owners, including Corey Ranslem, the CEO, have extensive Coast Guard experience, too. Already, the ARMS software platform is aboard multiple megayachts. (ARMS stands for Automated Risk Management Solution.) It provides crucial information for crews and owners in six categories. Specifically, they are port delays, civil unrest impacting maritime operations, pirate and/or migrant issues, weather, disease outbreaks, and epidemics. Each alert, including ones relating to the pandemic, appears on a simple-to-read map, as seen in the short video below. The map updates every 10 minutes, too.
Ranslem says that the captains and crew who’ve been using the ARMS software platform to track COVID-19 information have provided valuable feedback. “Through their input, we have made some updates to the software to better track COVID-19 along with all the port delays, closures, and quarantines to ensure our clients have the most updated information, regardless of their location,” he explains. He adds that the system uses less than 50 MB of data monthly, and “continues to operate in fringe areas of satellite coverage.”
Finally, IMSA’s own operations center is available around the clock for support and troubleshooting needs.