Osiris Consulants was originally set up by Adrian Challinor to focus on project management, consultancy and business process re-engineering in a maritime sector.

Adrian is a business transformation director with more than 35 years' experience whose skills include strategic architecture, transformational business change, information and physical security, technical consultancy and business intelligence.

Adrian has worked in a number of sectors including water borne logistics, Commodity Trading, Energy/Utilities. He is a skilled negotiator, presenter, facilitator and mentor, and holds a track-record of bringing in projects on time and within budget.

In the maritime sector he worked for commodity traders, specialising in physical logistics. This includes both vessels and inland barges.

He has worked in cyber and physical security, with specific reference to the maritime domain. He has works with systems designed to be secure and protected. He has also been involved with protection of vessels in high risk areas. He advises on cyber security to the shipping industry.

Outside of work he has a keen interest in Astronomy and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Primary Skills

We have worked extensively with a number of high profile clients in the maritime sector, throught the whole of the supply chain. These include Ship Owners, Charterers, and commodity traders.

We have introduced a number of different Voyage Management Systems (VMS) to clients. We have worked with all of the main VMS suppliers: SoftMAR, Veson, Q88, and DataLoy are a few. With these we have customised the software and integrated the VMS to accounting, treasury, reporting and trading systems. We provided details outstanding report facilities that allowed the chartering teams to drill down in to finance numbers and to thus focus on which accounts needed action and attention.

In addition to the VMS work, a high volume email system was selected and introduced that linked to the VMS. This allowed over 50,000 emails a month, with a back history of 9.5 million emails to be searched with accurate, sub-second response. Operators and charterers could be identified and their screens customised to show them which emails related to them and which had yet to be processed. eMails were filed automatically, but still ensured that no email relating to a charter went unprocessed. This worked around the world, on desktop and mobile devices. The system was so successful that it was later decided to adapt it to work in the commodity trading sector.

We have built LayTime systems and solutions for commodity traders and commercial clients. These have included claims systems that link to commodity trading systems to reduce double typing and the risk of typo-errors.

We designed systems that report shipping emissions for regulatory and environmental needs. This was then extended to advise chartering desks on the most efficient speed settings to use for different trades and in different weather conditions. We linked this to meteorological data sources to make further advice on cargo heating.

By using AIS data derived from both terrestrial (shore-based) and satellite systems we were able to provide highly detailed route planning information to specialist maritime intelligence providers. This allowed us to advise the vessels captains where and at what speed to avoid Piracy Action Groups (PAGs). This was co-ordinated with information that was provided to insurance companies. Non-standard solutions for detecting PAGs using visual and radar technology was adopted,

Adrian is a qualified Lean Six Signma Yellow Belt and has extensive experience business process re-engineering. He has mapped out many different processes to first asses and explain to clients why work streams that they think work are actualy failing. He has re-engineered many different processes, sometimes simply by reordering the way paper documents are handled, using a mantra of Not every problem requires a technical solution.

Adrian has worked on a number of Big Data projects in the Maritime and Telecoms sectors. These have been traditional star-schema databases running on share-nothing multiple processing systems; to very bespoke solutions that combine real time AIS data with non-structured data such as texts and Instant Messengers.

The AIS solution introduced graphical query, where data could be not only viewed on a map, but could be queried as well. This was extended to show information to the berth level, and link that to supplier, consumer and storage facilities. Other sources, such as photo-optical, refinery data, and governmental reports were included. This allowed us to detect maritime anomalies:

  • Ship to Ship Transfers, sometimes taking place outside of expected areas
  • Vessels taking on product from embargoed countries, and how they attempted to hide the commodity later
  • Verification of Government commodity consumption and refinery data
  • Detection of new consumers that had not been announced
  • Identification of illegal dumping of waste water and slops

In the telecoms sector Adrian project managed the introduction of high capacity hardware that could be incrementally extended to handle all raw call data records (CDR) coming from the main telephony switches. This was then backed by focused data marts that delivered:

  • Near realtime call reporting
  • Interface to regulatory and investigative agencies
  • Business reports to product managers

We have extensive skills and experience in delivering large and complex projects on time and on budget. We have worked in the past with SSADM and the 'waterfall' approach, but these days we propose that clients use Agile project management with sprints or kanban boards.

Adrian led a small, focused team, to take the concept of using a collaborative approach to maritime contract management. This online tool linked the charterer, ship broker and owner together, generating high quality and well audited documents. From a standing start of a few ideas, or epics, he delivered a working prototype with 6 months, and a fully functional MVP with 10 monthss. Live running for a major international client and some 60 supporting companies was achieved by 12 months. This is a fully used system today and is being actively developed and marketed by the company concerned.

For one client we were employed to review a bid by one of the 'big four' consulting companies to provide a system to manage the purchase of fuel for power stations in the UK. After a full review of the requirements along with the bid response, the company instead asked Adrian to put together a team to do the work in "half the time for half the money". A four year project proposed by the consulting group turned in to a two year deliverable that was deployed to half the coal power stations in the UK.

For a UK Telco that was setting up an ISP in days when accessing the internet meant using a dail-up modem, we built a management and reporting tool that provided the newly formed ISP's to monitor their internal usage from a client and bandwidth perspective. The outcome was that rollout of the service could now be accellerated in the knowledge that the back-office systems were able to cope.

These are just a few samples where the underlying technology might be physical or software. We believe that small, well qualified teams of experts will deliver projects that the clients want in a far more effctive way than large teams boiler-plating code together. And we have the proven experience to underpin this.

Other Work

High Performance Computing

Adrian was part of a team that introduced the first Cray super computers to an oil company and was responsible for providing the network attachment. He worked closely with Cray to integrate the system in to the companies Exploration division. The Cray was used to perform high quality 4D modeling of oil reservoir reserves.

The introduction of the Cray showed that the problem was now pushed to interpretation of the results, which now became the bottleneck. A second project for the same oil company was to take the graphical interpretors and rebuild the code in silicon. This was done using the Transputer, a highly parallel chip that combined processing, memory and interconnect. These system successully delivered a 4-D model that was viewable in 2D, with a controllable third dimension. The result was that imaging which used to take 30 minutes per frame could now be done at 3 frames per second. In its first usage it allowed the production manager of a field to extend the life of the oil reservoir by over 20 years.

Adrian is privately researching how to use cheap, commodity components to create high capacity parallel processors in a share nothing database.

Data Security and Encryption

Adrian has worked with encryption and data privacy for many years. He has experienced the fall out when data is compromised by external malicious actors, and has designed solutions to avoid such actions in future. He believes that not only data should be confidential, but also metadata. He is involved in the design of solutions that have provable security built in from the design stage.

Power Generation

Adrian worked extensively in assisting the deregulation of the power industry. He worked with two power generators. For one of these, Nuclear Electric, he had to ensure total data security in a fully redundant solution that would allow the real time management of the UK's nuclear power capacity.

He was also involved with coal and gas fired power stations. He worked on projects for National Grid on a number of occasions. Once in providing information on demand to the regional electrty companies; and secondly on providing secure network capability to every switching element on the Grid network.