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LR and ICS enter partnership to invest in crew insight software

4 April 2023


LR and ICS enter partnership to invest in crew insight software


Maritime professional services organisation buys 50% interest in work and rest hours crew compliance software solution, ISF Watchkeeper.

Lloyd’s Register has acquired a 50% interest in ISF Watchkeeper, the leading work and rest hours compliance software solution from IT Energy Systems and Consulting Limited.

The acquisition will result in LR becoming a joint owner of ISF Watchkeeper with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). The partnership that will combine the pair’s formidable compliance and industry expertise to improve crew and environmental safety standards in the maritime industry.

ISF Watchkeeper is a suite of digital solutions that helps global ship operators to plan, manage and report their crew’s rest hours compliance in accordance with International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).

ISF Watchkeeper was originally developed by ICS and IT Energy and has become the industry leading standard software for helping shipping companies comply with seafarers’ work and rest hours.

The software is used by more than 180,000 seafarers for calculating seafarers’ rest hours and planning work schedules. It is available through web, mobile, desktop and API. Customer data is securely synchronised and benchmarked against industry average non-conformance measurements for work and rest hours.

ISF Watchkeeper has recently developed a Benchmarking solution that allows shore-based teams to assess fleet compliance geographically, enabling comparison against wider industry averages.


Martin Taylor, LR Digital Solutions CEO said:

“The addition of ISF Watchkeeper to the LR Digital Solutions business adds further to our existing complement of digital voyage solutions. ISF Watchkeeper has the only comprehensive database of crew working practices and through this we will be able to provide detailed insights to help improve seafarer safety and efficiency at sea.  The ISF Watchkeeper functionality will sit alongside the OneOcean platform and other LR solutions that are now present on half of the world’s SOLAS fleet.”


Elliott Adams, Chief Finance and Commercial Officer at the International Chamber of Shipping said:

“ISF Watchkeeper is a vital piece of software for shipowners, ship managers and seafarers. Being able to benefit from Lloyds Register’s network and complementary tools provides significant benefits for the industry as we look to expand and further enhance the ISF Watchkeeper suite of software solutions.”

Martin Taylor , LR Digital Solutions CEO Photo by: Gareth Jones Photography (
Elliott Adams, Chief Finance and Commercial Officer at the International Chamber of Shipping






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Katerina Dimitropoulos 

Communications Manager – International Chamber of Shipping

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About ICS 

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for merchant shipowners and operators, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet –


About Lloyd’s Register 

Trusted maritime advisors, partnering with clients to drive performance across the ocean economy.

Lloyd’s Register is a global professional services company specialising in marine engineering and technology. Our digital solutions portfolio provides voyage compliance, voyage planning, ship management and vessel performance and optimisation solutions to more than 20,000 vessels and includes products from OneOcean, Hanseaticsoft and i4 Insight.

OneOcean is the largest global supplier of voyage solutions for the maritime industry. With a portfolio that encompasses navigation, QHSE, data solutions and environmental planning, OneOcean customers onboard and onshore benefit from the real-time information they need to holistically plan voyages and drive operational excellence.

Cloud Fleet Manager from Hanseaticsoft is a cloud-based, all-in-one ship management software solution covering all aspects from crewing to procurement. The system helps ship managers and operators to centralise information by removing data silos, improving data quality and making insights available for all employees as well as crews at sea. The solution is web-based and accessible in the office without any installation.

The i4 Insight platform offers shipowners and charterers complete transparency of their fleet’s performance, vessel by vessel. i4 Insight provides voyage routing, vessel optimisation, speed optimisation, charter optimisation and bunker optimisation services to help clients reduce fuel consumption, increase operational efficiency and meet environmental monitoring requirements.


Lloyd’s Register is wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a politically and financially independent global charity.


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