INTERSCHALT’s StowMan[s] provides next-level optimised stowage planning. Stowage plans can be generated in a few seconds. Shipping companies can ensure optimum vessel capacity utilisation by choosing from multiple stowage planning options. Efficient and safe shipping is at the heart of the software solutions. Digital fleet monitoring in real time with BLUETRACKER ensures maximum safety.
In September, the software supplier, service provider as well as manufacturer of VDR systems, INTERSCHALT maritime systems, will launch a pioneering world-class product into the market with its new stowage planning tool StowMan[s], which will enable liner shipping companies to increase the capacity utilisation and efficiency of their fleet. StowMan[s] can generate strategic stowage planning alternatives in a matter of seconds. Stowage planners can create several different scenarios and examine their options extensively, instead of being able to develop just one stowage plan, which used to be the case, due to time constraints. An economically and logistically perfect stowage plan is generated in next to no time by producing alternatives on an iterative basis.
"StowMan[s] will revolutionise stowage planning. This tool, together with the stowage planner’s know-how, will enable liner shipping companies to unlock brand new opportunities to increase their revenue. For us, this enhancement of our original StowMan was the final piece of the puzzle in creating the perfect stowage planning tool," says Robert Gärtner, CEO of INTERSCHALT.
The time savings achieved due to the fact that the stowage plans are generated within a matter of seconds will enable liner shipping companies to increase their turnover and reduce their operating costs at the same time by choosing the perfect scenario. This is because StowMan[s] integrates numerous factors over and above pure container stowage. In addition to planning the inflow and outflow of containers at the various different ports along a route, this also includes planning crane capacity utilisation and ensuring proper trim with as little ballast water as possible. If all these factors are perfectly synchronised and working in harmony together, this will result in optimum ship capacity utilisation.
In order to ensure efficient and safe shipping, INTERSCHALT has created BLUETRACKER. This software enables a shipping company to digitally monitor its fleet in real time anywhere in the world. As such, the shipping company can access an extensive amount of data which, when analysed, can lead to cost savings.
"BLUETRACKER allows you to control costs and increase efficiency both on board and onshore. With BLUETRACKER, the shipping company can pull up and track the data for its entire fleet all over the world. The crew on board can take direct action, and sustainable strategies for optimising costs and capacity utilisation can be developed onshore," says Robert Gärtner regarding the vessel monitoring system.
BLUETRACKER transfers the recorded data to shore by satellite at intervals of time defined on a customer-specific basis. Users can access current and historical data, which is displayed in charts. Analysing vessel-specific key factors leads to efficiency measures for reducing operating costs. This involves, for example, using data in order to analyse consumption levels, such as fuel consumption, trim and engine performance. The crew on the bridge is also notified of the trim efficiency and other efficiency parameters. Since the crew is actively involved, measures are implemented directly to cut costs quickly.
INTERSCHALT will be able to provide information on the new possibilities at the SMM 2014 maritime trade fair running from 9 to 12 September in Hall B6 of the Hamburg Messe. INTERSCHALT can be found at Stand 307.