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[post_content] => The Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) provides over 70 multinational chemical companies with reliable inspection data on oil and gas tankers, terminals and logistic services providers, using three separate assessment database systems. These are based on extensive assessments by accredited inspectors, which may take up to five days and which cover a vast range of details.
“However, as good as our data is, it’s only going to be of use if it’s available 24/7”, says CDI general manager Captain Howard Snaith. “Our members conduct round-the-clock activity in all major ports around the world. They rely on our data for fast and reliable risk assessments.” Which in turn depends on a robust database, capable of handling large volumes of requests from hundreds of users with different requirements and access rights.”
Over the years, CDI has found Pharox Assurance to be a partner capable of delivering end-to-end solutions with high availability rates and user-friendly, accessible formats. “The first database they built for us focused on terminals and packed cargo. We were so pleased with their performance that we decided to transfer our existing CDI-M database to Pharox as well,” Snaith says.
This decision wasn’t taken lightly, as Snaith emphasises: “Transferring an existing database containing thousands of active inspection reports, users, access rights and project files is a huge task, with a lot of potential for things to go wrong. And we couldn’t afford any downtime - the transition had to be 100 per cent flawless.”
Despite the complexity of the task, CDI was willing to invest in the transition because “we wanted an enhanced, more user-friendly database and a high availability rate. Which is exactly what Pharox delivered. They developed a quick, slick and user-friendly interface and have consistently provided an extremely high level of availability and security,” says Snaith.
Over the years, CDI and Pharox Assurance have continued to work together, for example on regular updates. “We are in a constant process of review and improvement, which is made
easier by the fact that Pharox is fully focused on this type of solution,” Snaith adds.
“It’s very efficient to work with a partner with an insider’s knowledge of the chemical industry. Pharox is quick to grasp what we need and is often able to point to similar solutions they have developed for other clients. It makes life a lot easier for us.”
Pharox Assurance not only provides this service for CDI but also for those who have to use the CDI database, as well as the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) SIRE and TMSA databases. It can provide database systems for companies that need to manage their vessel vetting programmes and all those that rely on health, safety and quality integrity. It also provides interfaces to allow internal vetting systems to integrate CDI Marine and Terminals and SIRE/TMSA database interfaces. “This was it is possible to collect report information from the [inspection] database systems and use them in your own proprietary system,” Pharox says.
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Databases: Click and collect
Inspection data needs to be accessible at all times if it is to be of any value. Major maritime inspection bodies rely on Pharox to make sure it is