KaHa Pte Ltd, a Singapore Internet of Things (IoT) and smart wearables firm, has concluded successful trials of its Digital Monitoring Solution with medical partners Aventus Medical Care and the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), under the Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Resilience (SG-STAR) Fund Call-for-Trials Proposals (CFP). The trial featured over 170 seafarers as participants and spanned a period of three months.
The SG-STAR Fund is the first global ground-up tripartite initiative with international partners including the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) and the International Chamber of Shipping, to work with stakeholders in seafaring nations on concrete solutions for safe crew change. International organisations including the Global Maritime Forum Maritime Industry Crew Change Taskforce, INTERTANKO, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, and World Shipping Council as well as port authorities from Abu Dhabi, Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Kobe, Montreal, Rotterdam, Sines, Sohar, Tokyo, Vancouver and Yokohama, have pledged to support the SG-STAR Fund’s work.
To accelerate the process for safe and secure crew change, KaHa created a digital solution to provide the maritime industry with greater confidence in the health of the seafarers, ensure seafarers’ adherence to safety guidelines and enable a transparent quarantine process and accurate documentation – resolving a critical blind spot for safe and secure crew change for the industry.
A proven platform to facilitate safe crew change, the KaHa Digital Monitoring Solution is an affordable and fully integrated smart health platform comprising a tamper-proof smart wearable, mobile app, geofence locator, remote monitoring dashboard and automatic alerts. Powered by COVE®, KaHa’s proprietary IoT platform, the solution provides a holistic 360-degree view for round-the-clock monitoring and detailed record logs of a seafarer’s well-being, combining key vitals tracking (temperature, heart rate, SPO2, activity level and sleep patterns), highly accurate indoor geofencing with automated geofence quarantine monitoring and health symptoms monitoring. It analyses and triangulates information collected and is able to detect abnormalities and assess risks.
The ongoing global health crisis and its impact on the maritime industry have highlighted the importance of ensuring the safe movement of seafarers and their safety and welfare as well as continuing the essential flow of global trade. The features of the KaHa Digital Monitoring solution aid in the safe resumption of work and travel, enable effective remote monitoring of seafarers’ health and wellness, indoor geofence compliance, ensure seafarers’ adherence to quarantine guidelines in their home country, and provide a transparent quarantine process for the maritime industry. In turn, this ensures safe travel and safe crew change.
CEO and co-founder of KaHa, Pawan Gandhi, said, “The success of our trial has positive ramifications far beyond the maritime industry, as workplaces across all sectors see a return to the office. We are delighted with the successful trial and are looking forward to a global rollout of our platform in the coming months. Our platform is a fully integrated solution for all sectors that need to resume work within the constraints of a dynamic working environment for the foreseeable future.”
KaHa’s Digital Solution is now available for worldwide commercial adoption by seafarer companies and agencies as the shipping industry recovers from the impact of the pandemic.
Nitin Mathur, Chairman of SG-STAR Fund, said, “The fluid pandemic situation presents evolving challenges for safe crew change. The SG-STAR Fund Taskforce has been working with multiple collaborators to establish the CrewSafe Audit Programme, providing the shipping community guidance on best practices to facilitate seamless crew change in a safe and responsible manner. The trial of digital solutions can help provide convenience and assurance to stakeholders – seafarers, authorities, crewing agents, shipowners – that tamper-proof quarantine and health vitals data can be provided accurately and timely when required. The SFTF will continue to engage partners within and outside the maritime sector to seek out practical and innovative solutions that can be widely adopted and accepted by all crew change stakeholders.”
Racquel Cagurangan, COO of Aventus Medical Care, said, “We are excited to have partnered with KaHa in the trial and to continue our partnership in the commercial deployment of the Digital Solution for safe crew change. The solution will enable us to continue to conduct 24/7 monitoring of seafarers while requiring less manpower, freeing up valuable resources that can be utilised elsewhere. Most importantly, the commercial deployment of this solution – successfully tested by the SG-STAR Fund – will ensure safe crew change for seafarers not only in the Philippines but also across Southeast Asia and beyond, marking a key step forward for the maritime industry.”
Tony Bartlett, Crew Management Team Leader of Zeaborn, added, “ZEABORN Ship Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. is acutely aware that hundreds of thousands of seafarers are stranded aboard vessels due to the Covid-19 pandemic making it difficult for them to be signed on/off on time. To assist in solving this problem and in the hope of persuading governments to treat seafarers as frontline workers and allow their free movement, we immediately agreed to participate in the KaHa Digital Solution trial, part of SG-STAR Fund’s Digital Solution, in enhancing and reinforcing crews’ compliance during the quarantine phase. We see the benefit of such schemes and fully support the KaHa Digital Solution, which will greatly benefit the industry and seafarers worldwide. Singapore is an important driver behind such initiatives to support safe seafarer relief, and we are proud to be part of these efforts.”