Major Container Liner Shipping Company, PIL Chooses BASS
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After a year-long evaluation process comprising indepth discussions followed by live product demonstrations, global fleet management systems provider BASS, is proud to announce the signing of one of 2010’s largest maritime IT contracts: Pacific International Lines (PIL). The contract includes the supply and installation of the BASSnet Fleet Management System suite on 80 vessels, and marks BASS’ biggest deal since its July 2009 signature with major oil and gas player Stolt Tankers for 76 vessel installations.
Over the last four decades, Singapore-based PIL has grown by leaps and bounds from a humble shipowner servicing the coastal sector to become one of the largest and most respected shipowners in Asia with 119 vessels with a total capacity of 216,842 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) as of May 2010. Liner shipping information source Alphaliner currently ranks PIL as the 19th-largest container liner shipping company in the world.
“We are impressed with the software scope and functionality offered by BASS,” says PIL’s Deputy Managing Director, Tan Chor Kee. “We had made a decision to replace our in-house software solution, and had been looking for a partner for a few years that can provide software integrity with local authorities and userfriendly features in an integrated solution that meets the complex needs of our entire ship operations. BASSnet gives us the entire package – including advanced crew management features that will help us streamline our operations.”
The contract and cooperation with BASS includes the deployment of major applications in the BASSnet suite – encompassing maintenance, procurement, material management, component tracking, crew management and payroll.
“PIL’s decision to implement BASSnet Fleet Management Systems onboard its vessels will promote quality management in the organisation, reduce the total cost of ownership, and help ensure that they can place their management time and focus where it matters most – on their core business. The benefits of a single integrated solution include easy reporting, efficient workflow between departments, and improved management decision-making, fleet performance and bottom line profits.” says Per Steinar Upsaker, BASS’ Managing Director. “Meanwhile, our focus is on providing our customers with cost-effective and innovative solutions. Our key success factor is delivering groundbreaking tools to the industry and adopting best practices.”
The numerous discussions held between BASS project managers, development staff, consultants and PIL’s team, along with additional workshops planned for the months to come, will contribute to the continuous improvement and development of the BASSnet suite. “We value customer feedback and utilise it readily in order to create improved and new products to keep up with market demand,” says Upsaker.
Office implementation for the BASSnet software is slated for completion by the end of 2010, and vessel implementation is expected to start in early 2011.