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Top 4 GCS Yacht Technology Blog Posts of 2014

Posted by Amy Levy on Dec 27, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Over the past year, we at Great Circle Systems have enjoyed sharing some insights into yacht technology with you. Our 2014 Yacht Technology Blog articles have covered Internet technology, yacht VSAT, yacht management software, vessel bandwidth management, and MLC 2006 compliance.


With the end of 2014 quickly approaching, our team was curious to know which articles published this year attracted the most readers. We thought those of you who missed these posts might want to read them, while others might want to read them again.


So here are our top 4 hits of 2014--just click on the pictures below to read the articles.

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Topics: vessel communications, mlc 2006, bandwidth management, marine vsat

New Web App for Crew Hours of Work and Rest

Posted by Andy Levy on Mar 18, 2014 9:41:00 AM

Did you know that the American Dialect Society named “app” the word of the year for 2010? Since then, apps for phones, tablets and computers have only grown more popular.


But what exactly is an app (short for “application”), and why should you care about them? An app usually refers to software used on a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet. A “web app” or “online app” refers to software you access online via a browser.


You should care because online apps create a quick, streamlined way to perform a specific task. Which brings me to the point of this post: Triton Administrator now has an app which tracks hours of work and rest.


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Topics: yacht management software, mlc 2006

3 Ways to Comply with MLC 2006 Rules Using Yacht Management Software

Posted by Scott Strand on Dec 27, 2013 3:45:00 PM

As we all know, MLC (Maritime Labour Convention) 2006 was implemented in August of 2013. And some crew are still not meeting the convention's strict regulations regarding documentation.


But good yacht management software can help you pass inspections with flying colors and avoid port state control detention. In fact, when used correctly, the right yacht management is the best way to fulfill MLC 2006 requirements and make it obvious to inspectors that your yacht is in compliance.


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Topics: yacht management software, mlc 2006, document management

Tracking MLC 2006 Hours of Work and Rest

Posted by Scott Strand on Jul 15, 2013 10:55:00 AM

We all know that on August 20, 2013, the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 came into force.


Most yacht captains and crew are currently working toward MLC 2006 compliance in hopes of passing flag State inspections and receiving certification.


With MLC 2006, yacht crew are required to keep records of many things related to crew health and well-being, including daily work and rest times for crew. 


But what is the most efficient, effective way of tracking hours of work and rest? And how can you organize those records so they are available at the time of your inspection? 


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Topics: yacht management software, mlc 2006

Boost Owner, Guest & Crew Happiness with Yacht Management Software

Posted by Amy Levy on May 14, 2013 11:15:00 AM



yacht_crew_managementCan a good yacht management software program increase happiness on board your yacht? Simon Harvey, founder and program director of Neurons 2 people skills (N2), thinks so. Harvey’s company specializes in crew interpersonal skills development and resource management.


As a retired yacht captain, Harvey believes that in recent years, increased industry regulations and paperwork have adversely affected relationships between owners, guests, captains and crew.


Harvey maintains that added paperwork requirements have reduced happiness for everyone involved in running the yacht, as well as for owners and guests. 


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Topics: yacht management software, mlc 2006

MLC 2006 Compliance: 13 Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Andy Levy on Apr 30, 2013 10:13:00 AM

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Topics: yacht management software, mlc 2006

Get Ready for MLC 2006 Inspections with Yacht Management Software

Posted by Andy Levy on Mar 11, 2013 8:32:00 AM


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Topics: yacht management software, mlc 2006, document management

JD_Crawford_head_shotDarren and the GCS team have been instrumental in the development and deployment of several carrier grade IT networks for large scale, Savant-based super-yacht projects where the technology infrastructure needed to be extremely reliable. 


The capabilities of the GCS team have proven instrumental in helping us deliver a world class technology experience to some of the most prestigious yachts in the world.


J.D. Crawford of Savant Systems


I have been working with Great Circle Systems since 2006 when they did the installation of all our networking and Internet communications equipment on our boat being built in Germany.


The equipment they recommended and installed was exactly as we required.  We have had extremely good results with all of their equipment and it has performed as they had advised.


I would highly recommend them to all fellow captains.


Captain Keith T. Moore of M/Y Lady Sheridan

CE_W_Michael_Hummel_of_MY_TVTriton Administrator has proven to be the perfect tool for us on M/Y TV, which is a 78 meter Luerssen yacht.


Triton has comprehensive essential features plus any additional features one can possibly need. It is still easy to use and has a swift support team to implement customer-specific wishes, such as individual day logs, etc.


W. Michael Hummel, Chief Engineer of M/Y TV


Captain Bruno Herregods talks about Great Circle Systems tech support. 

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