Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has chosen to equip its container ship fleet with Navis stowage planning software StowMan for effectively stowing vessels.

Hong-Kong-based OOCL currently operates a fleet of more than 100 container vessels ranging between 21,400 and 2,900 TEU that are planned by stowage planners who are based in strategic planning regions.

With the advanced multifunctional stowage operation system of StowMan, vessel planners will be able to optimise the stowage planning results for fleet utilisation based on improved visibility and efficiency.

StowMan is capable of utilising the results of the stability and stress calculations, slot definitions and lashing rules, as well as dangerous goods segregation and stowage rules produced by the on-board loading computer MACS3, which parts of the OOCL fleet are equipped with.

Planners share the same view on stowage-relevant key performance indicators as the crew on board helps to optimise the cargo load and trim based on accurate vessel profile information.

Currently, more than 50 carriers and logistics providers, including a third of the top ten ocean carriers with more than 3,000 users worldwide, stow their vessels with StowMan. Since it has been established, MACS3’s library has increased to more than 6,000 vessel profiles.

MACS3 incorporates a comprehensive scope of latest updates of cargo securing rules of classification societies, IMDG stowage guidelines and segregation codes to ensure the highest possible safety standards.

“We are encouraged by the growing momentum of ocean carriers leveraging our technology,” said Bruce Jacquemard, chief customer officer at Navis. “Customers using StowMan have been able to achieve record stows, proving the value our product development strategy promises.

“Based on accurate vessel profile information, a comprehensive scope of relevant planning functionalities and the incorporation of latest regulation updates, users will be able to achieve the next level of productivity.”

In February, with the help of StowMan, ONE has broken the last reported world record for the largest amount of cargo ever stowed, carrying over 19,100 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) on board the MOL Tribute. The record load surpasses the record previously announced by Maersk at 19,038 TEU, achieved in August 2018.

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