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Lauritzen uses ShipServ for all purchasing

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

During the shipbroker panel at the Intertanko Sydney Event on April
23, both and had to answer some tough
questions from the audience. has done an about-face on the issue of broker inclusion., 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

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

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

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

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.


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Inmarsat-C to vessels free of charge

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
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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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.


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Heidenreich Marine to offer

Tanker pool operator Heidenreich Marine plans to offer its
electronic documentation system to the tanker sector and all other
interested parties for a six-month, free-access trial period. 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)

According to president Per Heidenreich, OCIMF has already given
Heidenreich Marine its blessing to put its VPQ online, and
will be available to anyone who wants to use it within 30 days. was originally developed for Heidenreich Marine's own in-
house use, as a complement to, the comprehensive
online information source, which the company developed for the use of
its pool partners.


Lloyd‟s Register launches web-based directory
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,


Maritime Global Net takes over management of tanker index

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

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


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Nicholas Brown leaves OneSea

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

OceanConnect adds 22 ports

Online bunker procurement site has added 22 ports to the system.
Recently added ports include Hamburg, Suez, Piraeus, Falmouth, Malta, and 17 ports along
the US West Coast. signs 100th shipyard

Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industry has been named as the 100th
shipyard to join Swedish online marketplace

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

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


Xantic takes equity in MarineProvider
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

"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

Internet-based chemical marketplace and information source 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 cost and availability is often the deciding factor in a
transaction.” says Carl McCutcheon,‟s Chairman and CEO.
“CheMatch Freight-Matrix” allows those involved in ship chartering to
offer their services and expertise to the trading participants on


e4marine appoints Siri Jacobsen
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

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.

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Transas radar simulator approved by USCG

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

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

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

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

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


Marine Software increases sales

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

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

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.

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INTTRA completes pilot program

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

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
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

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

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

Hyundai Merchant Marine has launched a new website at The site
integrates seven local HMM sites, covering China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan,
US and UK, in addition to, an open forum discussion site. Services offered
include sailing schedules, bills of lading print and container tracking.

----------------- wins innovation in maritime e-commerce award, 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

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

----------------- appoints new directors

Cross-industry trading platform 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

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

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


Meeting between Japan and Hong Kong trade e-commerce

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

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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