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 (see notes to editors).

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.

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.

“We were very pleased to work with SRO Solutions on the approval. Especially, since with the COVID crisis we had to carry out the approval remotely, with DNV GL surveyors working from Høvik in dialogue with the SRO Team in the UK,” said Trond Underland Berntzen, Principal Surveyor, Hull, Materials & Machinery, at DNV GL – Maritime. “The rapid digitalization in the shipping means that shipowners and operators rely on software systems to a greater extent than ever before. This type approval signals to customers that the system meets with DNV GL’s requirements and is approved for use on all vessels classed by DNV GL. The approval was also issued electronically, which means that it can be accessed and updated easily at any time via the DNV GL Approval Finder.”

Mr Carrie added: “SRO’s extensive experience of the maritime and offshore sectors has led to us becoming the de facto custodian of Maximo software in terms of securing type approval with the world’s leading classification societies.

“We are proud to have been chosen once again by IBM to obtain accreditation on their behalf, and it has been a pleasure to work with DNV GL’s team over recent weeks to confirm the software’s continued compliance.”

Contact SRO:

Email: info@SROsolutions.net

Phone: (+44) 845 408 4250

Web: www.srosolutions.net

Notes to editors:

For IBM Maximo background visit: https://www.ibm.com/products/maximo

About SRO Solutions


SRO Solutions is headquartered in Eccles, Greater Manchester UK and has a strong engineering heritage, thanks to years of hands-on industry experience.

The company is renowned for streamlining the management of assets and achieving seamless data replication, on and offshore. It manages projects across all seven continents, for an extensive list of blue-chip companies.

SRO was responsible for bringing IBM’s Asset Management Maximo software to the marine industry and has since broadened the scope of its work with a multitude of clients across numerous different sectors. SRO is proud of its status as a Gold Accredited IBM Business Partner, and the fact that SRO is the only IBM Maximo Business Partner worldwide with the capability to provide unique Maximo zero downtime upgrade (SDU) and Data Replication (SDR).

About The Cohesive Companies 

The Cohesive Companies form a wholly-owned but independently operated business unit of Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY, the infrastructure engineering software company www.bentley.com).

The Cohesive Companies provide advisory, systems integration, and technology strategies and services to help infrastructure owner-operators advance their BIM, enterprise asset management (EAM), and asset lifecycle information (ALIM) environments through asset performance digital twins. The Cohesive Companies comprise PCSG (leading provider of digital advisory services for built-environment owners), Cohesive SRO (leading UK-based provider of solutions for IBM’s Maximo EAM software), Cohesive Solutions (leading North American reseller of Maximo, helping owner-operators to continuously improve their asset management) and Cohesive Asset Performance (leading global integrator for Asset Performance Modeling).  www.cohesivecompanies.com

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About DNV GL


DNV GL is the independent expert in risk management and assurance, operating in more than 100 countries. Through its broad experience and deep expertise, DNV GL advances safety and sustainable performance, sets industry benchmarks, and inspires and invents solutions.

Whether assessing a new ship design, optimizing the performance of a wind farm, analyzing sensor data from a gas pipeline or certifying a food company’s supply chain, DNV GL enables its customers and their stakeholders to make critical decisions with confidence.

Driven by its purpose, to safeguard life, property, and the environment, DNV GL helps tackle the challenges and global transformations facing its customers and the world today and is a trusted voice for many of the world’s most successful and forward-thinking companies. dnvgl.com