New OCR-Engine for Container Codes
The Danish software company ConPDS has developed a software for digital scanning of container codes. The ConPDS OCR-engine integrates with a company's software solutions, smartphone apps, and logistic systems by integrating just a few lines of code. ConPDS OCR engine is a plug-and-play software library that is designed to save hundreds of development hours. “There seems to be a huge market for Automated Container Code Recognition. The accuracy rate from generic OCR-engines is not high enough, and therefore many companies still use handwritten or semi-automatic solutions.
ChartCo Moves Ships’ Logbooks to the Cloud
ChartCo and Klappir Green Solutions signed partnership agreement where the companies will market digital logbooks and software solutions for the global commercial maritime sector, within the ChartCo OneOcean platform. These will focus on the provision of reporting, monitoring, compliance and validation services.This move reflects ChartCo’s ongoing strategy of simplifying the operation and management of commercial shipping. The ChartCo OneOcean platform is making a hugely positive…
Global Shipping Business Network on Blockchain Platform Launched
Nine leading ocean carriers and terminal operators today signed a formal statement of intent for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a consortium to develop the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN), an open digital platform based on distributed ledger technology.According to a statement, the participants include COSCO Shipping Lines, CMA CGM, Evergreen Marine, OOCL, Yang Ming, DP World, Hutchison Ports, PSA International and Shanghai International Port, as well as software…
Logimatic Appoints Regional Manager
Effective August 13, 2018, Alfred Verzijl joins Danish engineering and software firm Logimatic as Regional Manager of the Singapore office as a part of Logimatic’s international growth strategy. Stepping up the expansion of the fleet management system SERTICA to the Asian market comes as a logical next step for Logimatic.Alfred Verzijl is responsible for sales and managing the Singapore office. He is joining the existing team, who has been promoting SERTICA actively the past three years. Alfred has 37 years of experience working with software in the maritime industry.
C-MAP Unlocks New Insight for Shoreside Managers
C-MAP, the provider of commercial marine charting and cloud-based software solutions for fleet management and route optimization, has launched a new version of C-MAP FleetManager.The web-based enterprise solution now gives shoreside managers more insight into their fleet’s performance for more informed decision-making though powerful analytics.Fueled by Microsoft Power BI, C-MAP FleetManager gives immediate access to fleet data with interactive reports via a personalized dashboard.
C-MAP Wins Chevron Shipping Contract
Following a competitive tender, Chevron Shipping Company LLC (CSC) has selected smart shipping solutions from C-MAP, a provider of commercial marine charting and cloud-based software solutions for fleet management and route optimization.CSC will deploy C-MAP’s onboard platform that employs advanced algorithms and customized ship performance models to deliver voyage optimization. The platform, called Integrated Maritime Suite (IMS), enables users to optimize routes to get the fastest arrival times…
Supply Chain Technology: Debunking Digital
Digitization without integration in the world of global shipping is a sure recipe for failure. While most shipping companies would say that they have embraced the digital world, there are differing degrees of digitization. Some companies operate fully comprehensive systems that extend into every corner of their business. Others might use programs such as Microsoft Word to create documents or Excel for their finances. Both companies are digitized but clearly not to the same extent.
Addressing Today’s Shipping Challenges with Software Solutions
Technology will prove the game changer for the shipping industry. The shipping industry faces many challenges. The growth in fleet volumes at a time of global economic slowdown has resulted in excess supply and falling demand, which has had a major impact on profitability. It’s not only the global economic slowdown, particularly in China, that is affecting shipping. Hardly any other sector requires such complex process management as shipping, which compounds the challenges. A…
Rucker Named President of Tideworks
Tideworks Technology Inc., a full-service provider of terminal management and planning software solutions, announced that Thomas J. “T.J.” Rucker will assume the role of president effective September 1, 2017, succeeding retiring president Michael Schwank, who led the company for 19 years. Rucker will relocate to Seattle in August to ensure a smooth transition into the role. Rucker is currently vice president of operations at Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), one of the largest container terminals in Latin America…
Tideworks Launches New TOS Data Platform
Tideworks Technology Inc., a full-service provider of terminal management and planning software solutions, has introduced Tideworks Insight, a real-time and historical data platform. The new product is now in operation at Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) in Panama after a successful beta partnership, and is available for implementation at other terminals. “We are thrilled to add Tideworks Insight to our list of product offerings,” said Michael Schwank, president of Tideworks.
Yusen Logistics Taps into Route Master
CargoSmart Limited, a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking, announced that global supply chain logistics company Yusen Logistics Co., Ltd. is using Route Master to gain insights to optimize its ocean route planning. Providing extensive information about 29 ocean carriers’ available services, Route Master helps Yusen Logistics discover the best routing options to prepare for carrier contract negotiations…
Nautisk, MarineMTS to Provide ENC Auto-Updates
Global maritime software solutions provider Nautisk has announced that it is working with MarineMTS to provide automatic ENC updates to vessels sailing with ECDIS. Marine MTS will provide both the hardware and the protocols needed to access the ECDIS with Nautisk providing the content and software. The new system will be available for the customer’s own ECDIS system and will harmonize with NaviPlanner, Nautisk’s new voyage planning software which will launch later this month at Norshipping. “Our products and services are truly unique, based on a solid foundation of testing and development.
Crowley's San Juan Terminal is Live with Tideworks’ TOS
Tideworks Technology Inc., a full-service provider of comprehensive terminal management and planning software solutions, has announced that Crowley Maritime has gone live with CitadelMC, Tideworks’ cloud-based SaaS terminal operating system (TOS), at its San Juan Terminal in Puerto Rico. San Juan is the second terminal to go live with Tideworks’ TOS in the Crowley network following the deployment at Crowley’s Port Everglades terminal in September 2016. Crowley’s terminal in Jacksonville, Florida is expected to go in June 2017.
CORE EU Project: Assessing the Intermodal Supply Chain
The EU sponsored R&D project CORE (Consistently Optimized REsilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) began in 2014. Along the way, it analyzes the use of EGNOS and Galileo for the intermodal transport of dangerous goods, assessing its ability to deliver optimum safety, security and supply chain efficiencies. Every year, the transportation of dangerous goods amounts to approximately 150 billion tonne-km on European roads, railways and inland waterways. The safety and security of operations are common concerns and as such…
Crowley Implements Tideworks’ TOS at Port Everglades
Tideworks Technology Inc., a full-service provider of comprehensive terminal management and planning software solutions, today announced that Crowley Maritime has gone live with Tideworks’ terminal operating system (TOS) under CitadelMC, the newly branded SaaS model by Tideworks, at its Port Everglades Terminal in Florida. This marks the first Crowley terminal to go live with Tideworks’ TOS in a series of scheduled deployments. Crowley’s terminals in Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico are expected to go live in the first half of 2017.
Lloyd’s Register’s Acquires Seasafe
Lloyd’s Register (LR), a global engineering, technical and business services organization has added to its portfolio of advanced data, digital and software solutions with the acquisition of Seasafe Marine Software & Computation (Seasafe). An unexpected incident, such as a grounding, a collision or an explosion, can result in complex technical challenges, all requiring a fast and effective response. Seasafe specializes in on-board loading and stability software to help customers manage the stability of vessels and offshore structures…
Owen Appointed Secretary General of the Bureau International des Containers
Douglas Owen has been appointed Secretary General of the Bureau International des Containers (BIC) following almost four years of service at the organization. With more than 20 years of experience in the maritime transportation industry, Douglas Owen joined the BIC as Deputy Secretary General in late 2012. He has helped to broaden the horizons of the 83-year-old organization which promotes safety, security, sustainability and efficiency in container transportation. Since joining, he has launched a number of new initiatives and increased interaction with members and partner associations.
Descartes Acquires 4Solutions
Descartes Systems Group, provider of software solutions for logistics-intensive businesses, has acquired 4Solutions, an Australia-based provider of cloud-based business-to-business (B2B) supply chain integration solutions. “We continue to look for opportunities around the world to expand the geographic reach, functional capabilities and the community of supply chain participants on our Global Logistics Network,” said Edward J Ryan, Descartes’ CEO. “We see a lot of opportunities…
SHIPLYS to Advance Ship Design, Production Process
The European Commission has granted 6.2 Million Euros ($6.9mln) for a new research project called SHIPLYS (Ship Lifecycle Software Solutions). The project gathers a team of 12 leading maritime companies and research facilities from several European countries in order to develop simulation and modelling tools that will minimise the time and costs involved in ship design and production. Calculation and modelling tools currently used to overcome these needs are difficult to use and time consuming, especially for SMEs.
INTERSCHALT Shuffles Executive Management
INTERSCHALT maritime systems GmbH, a provider of maritime software for cargo operations and fleet management, NavCom services and manufacturer of VDR systems, announced a change in the company’s executive management today. This follows Cargotec Corporation’s acquisition of INTERSCHALT in January 2016. Robert Gärtner, who has served as CEO of INTERSCHALT since 2006, stepped down from his position on June 20 to pursue other opportunities. Two managing directors have now been appointed: Benoit de la Tour, President of Navis, and Rainer Twisterling, former Vice President Services at INTERSCHALT.
Six-Month High for Service Reliability
Ocean carriers achieved a six-month high for liner service reliability in May, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. The on-time average of 76.0% for the 10 trades covered was a 4.1 point improvement on April, representing the third straight month-on-month rise. Along with the better on-time performance so to there was an improvement for the average deviation from the expected arrival at port, which came down from 0.9 days in April to 0.8 days in May, the lowest it has been since December 2015.
Major Shippers Select CargoSmart's VGM Solution
CargoSmart Limited has announced that its customers are preparing to submit the verified gross mass (VGM) of their cargo through CargoSmart's platform to comply with the new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention requirements that go into effect on July 1, 2016. CargoSmart is a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking. Nippon Express, Globaltransol, and Al Dahra ACX Global are three companies that have selected to submit the VGMs through CargoSmart's platform.
Dualog Names Hannemann Product Manager
Ex-Maersk and Torm IT Manager Walter Hannemann joins Dualog to drive development of future-ready maritime software solutions Independent maritime software solutions and ITC (Information & Communication Technology) services provider Dualog has appointed Walter Hannemann as its new Product Manager. Hannemann, an electronics engineer and experienced shipping industry ITC specialist joins Dualog after holding positions in IT management at Maersk Tankers and Torm. His previous roles have covered the full ITC spectrum for vessel and fleet operations.
Hannemann Joins Dualog as Product Manager
Dualog, an independent maritime software solutions and ITC (Information & Communication Technology) services provider has appointed Walter Hannemann as its new Product Manager. Hannemann, an electronics engineer and experienced shipping industry ITC specialist joins Dualog after holding positions in IT management at Maersk Tankers and Torm. Hannemann's previous roles have covered the full ITC spectrum for vessel and fleet operations. His expertise in leading diverse, global teams…
Golar Redesigns Ship Management with BASSnet
Following a comprehensive exercise to insource all ship management functions and to build a fully integrated shipping company, Golar LNG recently chose the BASSnet software as the core building block for the management of its fleet of 23 LNG carriers. Based in Oslo, Golar Management – the ship management unit of Golar LNG – has joined other shipping industry leaders, such as Stolt Tankers, Anthony Veder, NYK, “K” Line, Wallenius, Hapag Lloyd, Wilhelmsen and CMA CGM, in the BASSnetTM customer community.
Shippers Need Practical Steps to Achieve Cyber Security
GTMaritime, provider of shipboard software solutions, says too many shipping companies have yet to take basic precautions for cyber security onboard ship. While cyber security has become a hot topic on conference platforms and industry events around the world, implementation plans and training for crew are lagging as companies take time to develop top-down strategies. While shipping companies get to grips with the longer term issues of securing supply chains and remote monitoring systems…