Headline news, 768 words, page 1 Lauritzen uses ShipServ for all purchasing http://www.shipserv.com E-procurement service ShipServ reports that Danish shipowner J Lauritzen is now pushing 100 per cent of its purchasing through ShipServ’s TradeNet system, integrating it with its Logimatic purchasing system. “It enables our purchasers to spend more time on intelligent, strategic matters rather than clerical work,” says J Lauritzen. “TradeNet’s Supplier Enablement Service ensures that our suppliers receive correspondence in whatever format they prefer.” ShipServ handled over 2,000 transactions during March 2001, trading $800,000 worth of goods over its TradeNet system. Other customers include Höegh Fleet Services, Tschudi & Eitzen, Denholm Shipmanagement and Thor Chartering. Suppliers connected to the system include Hempel, Fyns Kran Udstyr, MAN B&W, Ove Wrist and Wärtsilä. ShipServ has targeted owners who share many of the same suppliers ensuring that a useful network for both buyers and sellers is established quickly, avoiding the wait and see approach holding many back from procuring online. Chartering dot.coms have a tough time down under http://www.intertanko.com http://www.levelseas.com http://www.laycan.com During the shipbroker panel at the Intertanko Sydney Event on April 23, both LevelSeas.com and Laycan.com had to answer some tough questions from the audience. Laycan.com has done an about-face on the issue of broker inclusion. Laycan.com, which announced at the PYNDA/Plymouth conference, held in October last year, that it fully intended to cut the broker out, is now saying that it wants to "utilise the network that is the internet", rather than replace people. Brokers are still sceptical about what the internet has to offer, but are ready to admit that it is a highly useful tool, when applied correctly. Among the voices in the debate were Kevin Rose, director of Gibsons; Iain Shaw, managing director of Seascope/Braemar; Basil Mavroleon, director of CR Weber; and Colin Cridland, director of Simpson Spence & Young. Rose wanted to know if brokers would be expected to use multiple systems, and to sit at their desks all day looking at several different computer screens in the hope that a cargo or a ship would pop up on the screen; Shaw asserted that "speed of communication is not the same thing as experience". Tradiant renamed GT Nexus; launch imminent http://www.gtnexus.com Online container management tool Tradiant has been renamed GT Nexus, following its agreement with several major shipping lines to build an online booking tool for them (previously code-named GTN). Three new carriers have joined the group, taking equity in the venture: Crowley Liner Services, CSAV and Wan Hai Lines. This is in addition to the founder members APL, CP Ships, Hanjin, Hyundai, K Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Senator Lines, Yang Ming and Zim Israel Navigation Company. Japanese trading house ITOCHU Corporation, ranked 10th in Fortune Magazine's Global 500 list, has announced a pilot program with GT Nexus, via its American subsidiary ITOCHU Express, with a view to using GT Nexus across the entire corporation. GT Nexus has a series of modules to help transportation planning for importers and exporters, including news and information, sailing schedules, regulatory guides, maps, online rate information, online contract generation and management, tools to create cargo forecasts across commodities, shipping lanes and carriers, and cargo allocations between shipping lines. Tools to help manage bookings include online booking, online bill of lading creation, shipment tracking and online status information, and performance reporting. These will be generally available from the end of June 2001. GT Nexus will aim to integrate with importers and exporters’ existing back office systems, communicating by EDI and XML. ---------------- DNV offers e-business assessment http://www.dnv.com Classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has followed Bureau Veritas and SGS to offer assessment services for their e-business services. Companies will be verified for their capability to run e-business. If they pass the test, they can display a DNV Trust Mark. The criteria include business ethics and integrity; technical infrastructure, including software usability, functionality and hardware configuration; logical and physical security; process and organization; and web marketing. “Our assessment is a response to the market need for increased confidence in the companies about their own capabilities to run E-Business,” says DNV. ----------- Kenneth Bloom leaves Optimum for INTTRA http://www.inttra.com Kenneth Bloom, chief operating officer of Optimum Logistics, has made a surprise decision to take up a post as CEO of container management portal INTTRA. After 12 months in existence, Optimum Logistics, which offers online supply chain services for chemical logistics, has already established itself as one of the few maritime e-commerce tools with something useful to offer. INTTRA, by contrast, appears to be second rate to rival GT Nexus in technical terms, at least as far as the most recent press releases go. ---------- Ship-shore communications, 1661 words, page 2 Inmarsat-C to vessels free of charge http://www.inmarsat.com Inmarsat is offering to deliver Inmarsat-C messages to vessels free of charge until the end of May this year, from a form on its website. The message can be up to 128 characters in length, including vessel name, Inmarsat number, recipient’s name, recipient’s position and sender’s e-mail address. The service is offered through LESOs COMSAT, Xantic, Telenor and Stratos. Inmarsat’s terms are that only one e-mail can be sent per user during the promotional period and it must be for personal non-commercial use. ChartCo agreement with Primar http://www.chartco.com PRIMAR, the official electronic navigational chart (ENC) co-ordinating centre, has signed a license with chart update provider ChartCo, to provide updates to ENCs to vessels at sea. ChartCo will provide the ENC updates over its Inmarsat satellite broadcast service, using the same hardware and software as its existing ChartManager system for receipt and management of corrections to paper charts. ICS wins Dutch GMDSS infrastructure project http://www.icselectronics.co.uk ICS Electronics has signed a contract with Royal Netherlands Navy to build a GMDSS (global maritime distress and safety system) messaging system at its maritime operations centres in Ijmuiden and Den Helder. Dutch coastguard operators will be able to monitor for vessels in distress over Windows workstations and respond to them, via 12 VHF and 4 MF radio communication stations along the Dutch coastline. The system can link to the BMT search and rescue information system, SARIS (search and rescue information system), whereby distress alerts received can be graphically displayed on SARIS electronic charts. The system is similar to others which ICS has installed for coastguards and navies in the UK, Chile, Brazil, Channel Islands, Netherlands, USA and Canada. ---------- AMSA gets tough on GMDSS http://www.amsa.gov.au The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has announced that as of April 2001 until July 2001, it will be specifically inspecting incoming ships for GMDSS compliance, which will include both an equipment check, as well as an assessment of whether or not the seafarers on board can operate the equipment correctly. Roger Timms, acting general manager for maritime safety and environmental strategy, calls this "a focused inspection campaign". The impetus for this campaign came from the port state control statistics for 2000. "In 2000, many seafarers were found to be unaware of how to use the GMDSS equipment, and there were high incidences of false DSC alerts," he says. Iridium Satellite appoints new CEO http://www.iridium.com Mobile satellite communications company Iridium has named Gino Picasso as CEO. He was previously president and chief operating officer of GE Capital Spacenet Services. Iridium says that his aims will be establishing the company on the global market and fighting allegations about Iridium‟s technical problems. He replaces Dan Colussy, who along with a group of private investors purchased the assets of Iridium last December. Mr Colussy will continue to serve as chairman. "It has always been my intention to pass on the day-to-day management of this venture to an experienced executive once the service was up and running,” says Mr Colussy. Globalstar 4th quarter results http://www.globalstar.com Mobile satellite telephone service Globalstar reported 394,000 minutes of use in the final week of March, 66 per cent higher than the highest traffic week in 2000. The number of mobile and fixed subscribers has risen from 30,583 at the end of 2000 to 40,009 at March 18, 2001. Globalstar ended 2000 with approximately $197m cash in hand, which it believes to be sufficient to continue operations through 2001. Calls have been priced as low as $0.89 per minute for high-volume users. Globalstar only offers limited coverage of the globe; this makes it of limited use to the maritime industry. It claims to cover 75 per cent of world landmass, and wide ocean coverage areas include much of the North Atlantic, the Northeast Pacific, the Caribbean, the Tasmanian Sea between Australia and New Zealand, and the Sea of Japan between Korea and Japan. A memorandum of understanding has been signed with maritime communications equipment manufacturer SeaTel to develop a marine antenna kit for Globalstar phones, expected to be available in the second quarter of 2001. ----------- Furuno completes trials of GPS compass http://www.furuno.com Maritime electronics company Furuno has completed trials of its GPS compass, SC-120. The compass has three GPS antennas arranged in a triangle about a metre apart. From the GPS data each antenna receives, it is possible to calculate which direction the vessel is heading in. The compass also has a sensor gyro pack to calculate roll, pitch and yaw. If the GPS signal is blocked for any reason the gyros can also be used to calculate vessel heading. Furuno believes that by using gyroscopes in conjunction with GPS, it is possible to calculate vessel position more accurately; it also believes that the unit is more robust than many other compasses available. The unit is not type approved and so cannot replace a gyrocompass on merchant ships. ----------------- Virgin to offer inflight e-mail and internet http://www.tenzing.com Airline Virgin Atlantic has signed an agreement with airline internet company Tenzing to supply e-mail and internet services to all of its passengers. The service will be made available on most aeroplanes for all classes of passengers. They will be able to send and receive e- mail via laptop computers or send personal notes from the seat back video screen. To use the service for e-mail, passengers load special Tenzing software onto their laptop computers; the software will be downloadable from the Tenzing website or supplied as a CD- ROM left in the seat pocket. In the first phase of development, passengers can connect to the internet onboard via the existing passenger telephone systems, paying normal airline telephone rates (around $10/minute), communicating over Inmarsat or a regional satellite service. This service is likely to be only suitable for e-mail. In the second phase of development, the aeroplane will be fitted with a local area network. E- mails for all passengers onboard can be batched together for sending and receiving, thus reducing communications costs further. In the third phase of development, the aeroplane can be fitted with a Ku-band antenna for continuous internet communication (similar to VSAT onboard vessels but without the need for a 2.2m stabilised dish). In addition, web content from a number of leading sites will be downloaded as a batch and available for perusal offline onboard the aeroplane. Sites include Amazon, BBC Online, Bloomberg, Business Week, CBS Sportsline, CNN, Encyclopaedia Britannica, ESPN, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Men’s Health, Monster, The Economist, Time, Wall Street Journal, Women’s Day and Yahoo. Solvang signs up ChartCo http://www.chartco.com Norwegian shipping company Solvang ASA has signed a contract with ChartCo to use its chart update service (ChartManager) and weather information service (Met Manager) on all 12 of its vessels. The vessels are mainly LPG and ethylene carriers. “The costs of using ChartCo’s satellite broadcast service are approximately the same as using the manual alternative [receiving paper chart updates on paper],” says Solvang, “but ChartManager reduces the amount of office logistic-work our office/crew has to do.” --------------- MTN provides remote training to cruise vessel http://www.mtnsat.com VSAT maritime communications company Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN) will be providing Holland America Cruise Line vessel m.s. Veendam with the capability to broadcast live shore-side advertising and training seminars. The seminars are broadcast on behalf of an unnamed insurance company, which has chartered the vessel for cruises on the Panama Canal. The video signal is broadcast in MPEG-2 format. -------------- Ormston Technology launches vessel communication system http://www.ormtec.co.uk UK company Ormston Technology has launched a vessel-to-vessel communications system running over UHF (ultra high frequency) and VHF (very high frequency) radio links. The system is designed for use with GPS receivers and plotters, to produce a graphic display of the track, course and speed of both vessels on the same screen. It operates over ranges of up to 2km between vessels. Thales launches near-shore tracking system http://www.thales-tracs.com. Thales Tracs (previously Racal Tracs) has launched a GSM (cellular phone communication system) vessel tracking system. A unit is fitted onboard the vessel, combining a GPS (positioning satellite) receiver and a GSM transmitter and receiver. Whilst in GSM coverage areas, position data for the vessel can be automatically transmitted to the shipping company office. When the vessel is outside GSM coverage area, the unit functions as a data logger, recording data describing the vessel's position at different times. As soon as it picks up a GSM signal, this data is automatically downloaded through the communication link. The unit also provides vessel zone, route and speed identification data. It can be remotely configured from land to submit reports either on request only, automatically after a specified time lapse or in exceptional circumstances, such as entering a no-go zone. Provision has been made to send and receive text and data messages over the system. Thales has also launched an enhanced version of its Tracs-Sat/C marine tracking system, communicating vessel-tracking data over Inmarsat-C. New features include more secure housing with tamper detection and an integrated battery back up in case of power loss. The unit can be connected to a wireless hand-held device or PC onboard the vessel, for putting together e-mails and data communication services. ----------------- ACR Electronics launches GPS EPIRB http://www.acrelectronics.com Florida-based ACR Electronics has launched GlobalFix 406, an Emergency Position Indicating Rescue Beacon (EPIRB) with an internal GPS system. There are two models; one automatically deployable and the other manually deployable. Greek ferry trials Egnos http://www.esa.int EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), a satellite positioning signal combining GPS, GLONASS, is being trialed onboard a Greek ferry. The system is due to become operational in early 2004, providing accuracy of +/- 5 metres. By comparing GPS and GLONASS data it is possible to calculate a correction factor. This correction factor is transmitted up to Inmarsat satellites from ground stations, and can also be picked up by the vessel. The system will also be able to alert users within 6 seconds about any malfunction in GPS or GLONASS data received. ---------- E-business: Vessels 377 words, page 4 Heidenreich Marine to offer Q88.com http://www.heidmar.com Tanker pool operator Heidenreich Marine plans to offer its Q88.com electronic documentation system to the tanker sector and all other interested parties for a six-month, free-access trial period. Q88.com is an online questionnaire facility, where people can access 50 different questionnaires relevant to chartering, vetting, port state control and others, including the OCIMF (Oil Companies' International Marine Forum) VPQ (Vessel Particulars Questionnaire) form. According to president Per Heidenreich, OCIMF has already given Heidenreich Marine its blessing to put its VPQ online, and Q88.com will be available to anyone who wants to use it within 30 days. Q88.com was originally developed for Heidenreich Marine's own in- house use, as a complement to eFleetWatch.com, the comprehensive online information source, which the company developed for the use of its pool partners. ----- Lloyd‟s Register launches web-based directory http://www.cdlive.lr.org Classification society Lloyd‟s Register has launched „Classfinder‟, a web-based directory of the notations it uses for ships, to help ensure consistent use of notation between shipowners, shipbuilders and others who use the ship‟s design. The service can be accessed from LR‟s home page, http://www.cdlive.lr.org. ----- Maritime Global Net takes over management of tanker index http://www.mgn.com Online maritime portal Maritime Global Net (MGN) has taken over management and publication of the Online Tanker Industry Index (OTII), a pricing reference for freight contracts and operational measurements within the tanker industry, taking rate assessments from owners, brokers and charterers. The OTII succeeded the Reuters Tanker Industry Index (RTII), launched in December 1996, managed at Reuters by John Cohen. When Reuters decided it no longer wished to maintain it, Mr Cohen continued to maintain it but working for a different organisation. Swedish Club develops interactive website http://www.swedishclub.com Mutual maritime insurer The Swedish Club has launched an interactive website, offering members access to vessel and claims data and monitoring of claims online. A loss evaluation module is planned, allowing members to compare fleet claims record with benchmarking data for all Swedish Club members. The phase 2 module, to be launched early this year, will include loss evaluation facilities, allowing members to review claim trends by fleet, vessel type and vessel. They can explore specific claims at a deeper level, including similar claims recorded by other ships on the database. ------------- E-business: procurement, 635 words, page 5 Nicholas Brown leaves OneSea http://www.mtinetwork.com Nicholas Brown has left his position as business development manager with e-procurement site OneSea to join MTI Network in London, which provides incident response, media training, marketing and investor relations services to the shipping, offshore, energy and related industries. OceanConnect adds 22 ports http://www.oceanconnect.com Online bunker procurement site OceanConnect.com has added 22 ports to the system. Recently added ports include Hamburg, Suez, Piraeus, Falmouth, Malta, and 17 ports along the US West Coast. Tribon.com signs 100th shipyard http://www.tribon.com Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industry has been named as the 100th shipyard to join Swedish online marketplace Tribon.com. Since its launch in October 2000, the internet business has established a strong presence in the shipbuilding industry in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States as well as China and Korea. Growth for Bunkerstem http://www.bunkerworld.com South American oil company PDVSA has expanded the number of ports it is trading bunkers at e-bunker procurement system Bunkerstem. In addition to the initial Freeport Bahamas BORCO business, it is now selling bunker fuels at Guanta, Maracaibo and Puerto Cabello. Italian oil company AGIP Petroli will be trading marine fuels over Bunkerstem, the bunker e- procurement service developed by Telemarine, in all Italian ports. “The time had come to make a decision on what to do with eCommerce,” says Emilio Merlino, marine manager of AGIP Petroli. “The choice fell on Telemarine and Bunkerstem because of their track record.” Other companies trading on Bunkerstem include ExxonMobil, TotalFinaElf, Caltex, Statoil and Repsol-YPF. ------------ Xantic takes equity in MarineProvider http://www.marineprovider.com Xantic (previously Station 12 and SpecTec) has taken an equity stake in e-procurement site in MarineProvider, in return for allowing MarineProvider to use its AMOS systems. MarineProvider will integrate the AMOS onboard procurement software with its e-procurement exchange. "We see this agreement as a strong recognition of our AMOS product range and in particular the strength of our integrated on-board and centralised requisitioning and purchasing systems,” says Xantic. “AMOS is already being recognised as the standard onboard requisition tool and the agreement with MarineProvider will contribute to this.” Xantic (previously SpecTec) is also involved in e-procurement portal e4marine; it has frequently stated its intentions not to get too closely involved with any particular e- procurement portal. It recently released AMOS M&P version 4.2, which can connect with any different e-procurement portal by communicating using the MTML standard. However it built a special interface for MarineProvider, which is much deeper than its standard interface. MarineProvider has also relaunched its website. From the site, customers can now obtain secure access to MarineProvider’s Exchange, where they can manage contracts with suppliers and locate goods and services necessary. ----------- Laycan gives data to CheMatch.com http://www.chematch.com Internet-based chemical marketplace and information source CheMatch.com and online ship-broker laycan ASA have announced an alliance whereby CheMatch users get direct access to laycan‟s chartering and fixture information via a service branded „CheMatch Freight-Matrix‟. “Freight cost and availability is often the deciding factor in a transaction.” says Carl McCutcheon, CheMatch.com‟s Chairman and CEO. “CheMatch Freight-Matrix” allows those involved in ship chartering to offer their services and expertise to the trading participants on CheMatch.” ----- e4marine appoints Siri Jacobsen http://www.e4marine.com E-procurement site e4marine has appointed Siri Jacobsen as marketing manager. Ms Jacobsen was previously working in the ship supply industry and has a masters degree in business and economics. ---------- Drew Marine's data sheets on CD-ROM http://www.drew-marine.com Maritime chemicals company Drew Marine, a subsidiary of Ashland Chemical, is supplying its material safety data sheets (MSDS) and product data sheets (PDS) on CD-ROMs, sent free of charge to customers. They are intended for use onboard vessels. The data covers Drew Marine's chemicals, welding and refrigeration products, coatings and sealing products. The CD-ROM is available in English, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish, so seafarers of different nationalities can understand it. Vessel operations, 887 words, page 6-7 Transas radar simulator approved by USCG http://www.transas.com The Transas Navi-Trainer Professional PC-based ARPA (radar) simulator has been accepted by the US Coast Guard for use in approved ARPA training courses. Courses using the simulator will be offered by Houston Marine Training Services in New Orleans from April 2001. ARPA units simulated include those manufactured by Litton Marine Systems (LMS/Sperry/Decca), Kelvin Hughes and Furuno. ----------------- STN Atlas to install cruise ship bridges http://www.sam-electronics.de Maritime electronics company STN Atlas has received orders to install 6 of its Ship Control Centres (SCCs) on newbuild cruiseships, including three vessels being built for Carnival Cruise Lines, one for Costa Crociere and two for P&O Princess Cruises newbuilds. STN Atlas has extended its range of shaft alternators for supplying mains power driven via a ship’s engine. The alternators are suitable for container ships of over 7,000 TEU, to supply voltages of 3-10 kV. There are facilities to install a colour screen display for monitoring, test and simulation of all operating functions. STN Atlas has won a contract worth $2.5m from the Norwegian National Coastal Administration, for design and installation of a vessel traffic system (VTS) at Kvitsøy, covering the southwest coastal region of Norway. The system will be commissioned at the end of 2002, with five Atlas X-band radar sites at Duehammar, Hemnes, Røvær, Våganeset and Vigdel; a sixth radar will be installed at the Kvitsøy VTS centre. There will be two VHF communication sites at Bookn and Prestäsen and a closed circuit televsion site at Norheim. The VTS centre itself will be equipped with a series of Atlas 9750 workstations and associated processing equipment. They will provide continuous graphic displays of the traffic situation, including overlays of radar images on electronic charts. The facilities will be linked to the Norwegian National Coastal Administration Vessel Traffic Management and Information System database in Oslo. Transas wins Finland VTS contract http://www.transas.com Transas has been awarded a $16.5m contract to supply VTS (vessel traffic systems) and shore-based GMDSS (global maritime distress and safety system) stations for the Eastern part of the Gulf of Finland. The project is scheduled for completion in 2004. Transas will deliver and install 17 radar sites on islands and at shore locations of the Gulf. Ericsson from Sweden and the St. Petersburg-based company Nienschanz will assist in supplying hardware equipment. Shore-based GMDSS equipment is developed in co-operation with S.P. Radio A/S from Denmark. Nick Moujikov, CEO of Transas Eurasia, says that an important factor in the decision was the positive feedback provided by the Port Authority of Novorossiysk, where Transas provided a similar VTS solution in 2000. In a separate development, Sven Egelund Rasmussen, previously managing director of S P Radio in Denmark, is appointed director of sales for Transas Marine. Mr Rasmussen was also previously head of sales and marketing for Furuno Denmark, covering domestic and North American markets. Lighthouse Software shuts down http://www.lighthouse-software.net Lighthouse Software, a start-up operation to provide software for ship chartering and operations, has shut down. “Although the concept has been well appreciated by potential investors and clients, the equity market for start-ups has been especially troublesome in the period we have been marketing our concept,” say the partners. “[We] will now be seeking opportunities elsewhere primarily in the shipping industry.” Lighthouse Software was founded in December 2000 by three previous employees of maritime software company ShipNet, Inge C. Paulsen Jr., John Inge Røtting and Lars Erik Kristiansen. ---------- Marine Software increases sales www.marinesoftware.co.uk Software house Marine Software has reported the supply of another two Marine Planned Maintenance for Windows (MPMWin) systems to shipping company V Ships which has also ordered the application Marine Storekeeper for six ships. Canadian company Seaspan Ship Management has ordered MPMWIN for five vessels and P&O North Sea Ferries purchased the tool for a new ferry that is built in Italy. Marine Software Ltd has supplied its Marine Planned Maintenance system to vessel RRS Discovery, operated by NERC Research Ship Unit. An office system has been installed to receive regular updates from the vessel system. The Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Bermuda has also taken delivery of a Marine Planned Maintenance System, to manage maintenance schedules for its plant located around Bermuda. Bluewater Marine Management has taken delivery of the Marine Storekeeper for Windows stock control system for 7 vessels in its fleet. BASS sells to Taiyo Nippon Kisen http://www.itbass.com Shipmanagement software company BASS has won a contract to supply a package of office and vessel applications to 66 vessels for Japanese shipmanagement company Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co Ltd. The package includes CrewNet (crew and personnel management system), PayNet (a payroll system), EasyInfo (operations and information management system), an accounting and purchasing/inventory management system. The systems are all integrated, sharing data with one another. BASS has signed a sales agency agreement with Aall and Company Ltd and Frontier International Japan to market its software in Japan. ----------------- MarineSafety hires Vic Goldberg http://www.marinesafety.com MarineSafety International, a New York based company which provides simulator-based training, port improvement studies and research consultancy to the maritime industry, has appointed Captain Victor Goldberg as director of marketing, taking responsibility for marketing training and port planning services at the company's seafarer simulator centres in Newport (Rhode Island), Norfolk (Virginia) and San Diego (California). Capt. Goldberg was previously vice president, Operations/Chartering for ARCO Marine in Long Beach, CA. Maritime supply chains, 972 words, page 7-9 INTTRA completes pilot program http://www.inttra.com Container shipment management site INTTRA reports that it has completed the pilot program of its container tracking and booking confirmation system, working with a small group of customers. The site has functionality to view container events and check bookings for “the majority” of shipping lines participating in INTTRA. The shipping lines behind INTTRA include P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Sealand, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd, Columbus Line, Safmarine, Alianca and Crowley American Transport. TDC and LINE launch Transact Link http://www.transactlink.net The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) and LINE, the maritime e-commerce initiative backed by Hutchison Ports, have together launched Transact Link, an e-business system for Hong Kong’s trade community. Using the tool, Hong Kong shippers can promote goods to overseas buyers, complete trade and logistics documentation and conduct business. They can also connect with all service providers, including freight forwarders, carriers, warehouse operators, truckers and financial institutions. More specifically, services are currently available to send promotional materials to targeted companies, prepare, send and receive the right documentation with transport operators and governments, and obtain insurance, fuel, office supplies and other services over the internet. Payment settlement will be available soon. "TDC is dedicated to serving Hong Kong's 300,000 small and medium-sized enterprises,” says TDC. “We help them capture new opportunities and face challenges. Right now, these are unprecedented, especially with China's impending entry to the WTO and the growing trend in economic globalisation. These are factored into our cyber strategy to help Hong Kong companies compete through value adding, market knowledge and e-commerce.” ---------- Celarix partnership with shipping tariffs company http://www.celarix.com Online logistics management company Celarix has announced an agreement with Pacific Coast Tariff Bureau (PCTB), which offers services for shipping lines to publish container shipping tariffs on the internet. The tariffs can be retrieved by the carrier, its customers, the FMC (US Federal Maritime Commission) and the general public. Under the terms of the deal, Celarix will offer PCTB’s tariff publishing services bundled with its own Celarix Rate Explorer tool, intended for contract calculation and management, including rating bills of lading. Conversely, PCTB will provide Rate Explorer to its own customers. Celarix recently announced the release of version 8.0 of its Rate Explorer, including a new web-based user interface. It also announced partnerships with Provia Software, which provides order fulfilment software for international trade, and with the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, described as the “pre-eminent business school in global supply chain management” in the US. ---------- HMM launches new site http://www.hmm21.com Hyundai Merchant Marine has launched a new website at http://www.hmm21.com. The site integrates seven local HMM sites, covering China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, US and UK, in addition to talkhmm.com, an open forum discussion site. Services offered include sailing schedules, bills of lading print and container tracking. ----------------- Portnet.com wins innovation in maritime e-commerce award http://www.portnet.com Portnet.com, the information technology and communications system at the Port of Singapore, has won the first Seatrade "innovation in maritime e-commerce" award, at a dinner in London on April 9th. Portnet currently has 7,000 users. Facilities include online ordering, documentation management, and shipment tracking. Sears acknowledges APL http://www.apl.com Retailer Sears, Roebuck and Co has named shipping line APL a "Sears Partner in Progress for 2000." The award is presented annually to a small group of Sears vendors, which supply the company with quality products and services, ranging from apparel, appliances and tools to marketing, transportation services and technology. APL provided 98 per cent on time delivery to Sears during 2000; it was also recognised by Sears for its "ability to provide user-friendly and accurate information on a timely basis," APL says. ----------------- bolero.net appoints new directors http://www.bolero.net Cross-industry trading platform bolero.net has announced two new appointments for its board of non-executive directors. Robert Bauman was previously chairman of British Aerospace and chief executive of SmithKline Beecham and also acted as a non-executive director for Reuters. Hans Eggerstedt spent more than thirty years with Unilever, including positions as the company‟s finance director, in information technology and as regional director for Europe. Premier Bank participating in GlobalTrade pilot http://www.cceweb.com US business bank Premier Bank announced its participation in the pilot of CCEWeb‟s @GlobalTrade™ Secure Payment and Trade Management System which will enable an end-to-end electronic documentary credit solution for customers. Thereby, documentary credit can be issued and advised over the internet from anywhere in the world. ----- Manila terminal uses web-based purchasing http://www.ictsi.com Container terminal operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) plans to launch web-based purchasing systems at all of its terminals, initially at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT). It will use the Ariba Buyer tool for all of its purchasing. ------------ Meeting between Japan and Hong Kong trade e-commerce http://www.sns.com.sg A delegation from the Japanese Trade Electronic Data Interchange (TEDI) group has met members of the Pan Asian e-commerce alliance, to demonstrate the new TEDI electronic documentation system. It is designed to replace paper documents associated with the movement of goods, including the bill of lading. TEDI has carried out work in building a legal framework, encryption and digital signatures. The Pan-Asian Alliance comprises five e-commerce service providers: Infoshare Information Technology Development Co (China), Korea Trade Network (KTNET), Singapore Network Services Pte Ltd (SNS), Trade-Van Information Services Co (Taiwan) and Tradelink Electronic Commerce Ltd (Hong Kong). The alliance’s steering committee resolved to set up two working groups, one to concentrate on development of services to allow shippers, forwarders, logistics service providers and carriers to conduct end to end cargo tracking, and the second the explore the TEDI initiative on its practicability. Greybox appoints Jim Sanders http://www.tradexonline.com Greybox Logistics Services (GLS), the equipment management subsidiary company of Transamerica Leasing, has appointed Jim Sanders to oversee its contract to manage containers and chassis for Oldendorff Carriers/Indotrans. Mr Sanders was previously an account manager with Hub Group.
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