Ready for Wider Application, ITS Hands Over iStow to NTSC
February 25, 2023
ITS Campus, ITS News — After taking part on an international scale since it was first coined in 2006, iStow made by the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), which is the only stowage planning software created by Indonesia, has the opportunity to be applied more broadly in Indonesia. This step was inaugurated through the handover of the iStow innovation results to the Chairperson of the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) at the ITS Rectorate Building Friday (24/2).
The Head of the KNKT, Dr. Ir Soerjanto Tjahjono warmly welcomed the mandate ITS gave. According to Soerjanto, in Indonesia’s maritime sector, iStow, software for planning ship loading, can later be applied to all ships in Indonesia that will sail.
“The main problem in cases of sinking ships today is the problem of stability, this is where the role of iStow is needed,” he explained.
As one of iStow’s prominent supporters, the Education Fund Management Institute (LPDP), represented by the Head of the Agam Scholarship Cooperation and Development Division Bayu Suryanto SE MBA, stressed his intention to continue supporting iStow and NTSC.
“LPDP is proud to have contributed to the successful development of iStow so far. We will be open to research opportunities and potential for further developments,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Head Researcher of iStow ITS, Dr. Ing Ir Setyo Nugroho, explained currently iStow had pocketed various international certificates with high credibility. This is what he believes is that the implementation of iStow has been recognized as safe globally.
“iStow uses ship stability and strength calculations by the safety criteria of the International Maritime Organization (IMO),” said the Head of the ITS Marine Transportation Engineering Department.
This bespectacled man explained more deeply that, currently, the condition of ships in Indonesia is that many still need to use standardized cargo calculation standards. It starts from being prone to human error to calculating accuracy that does not meet standards, and this also triggers many maritime accidents that still occur.
Continuing this statement, the Head of the KNKT acknowledged that the stowage plan is currently being made manually with a high error rate. iStow’s role will be a new opportunity and a future challenge for the maritime sector in Indonesia.
“iStow has been assisted with digital transformation, so the loading planning process is speedy,” he explained.
Deputy Chancellor IV for Research, Innovation, Cooperation and Alumni ITS, Bambang Pramujati, ST MSc Eng Ph.D., said that while developing iStow for approximately 17 years, LPDP has provided much support, which can be utilized very well. “This also triggers the optimization of iStow development to be achieved,” he said.
Alluding to iStow’s prospects, Bambang stated that ITS needed the support of more industrial partners to achieve the hopes of this innovation to improve maritime security. “This is where ITS believes that the KNKT can utilize iSTow more progressively and comprehensively,” he said optimistically. (ITS Public Relation)