XVELA and INTERSCHALT maritime systems GmbH, a leading provider of maritime software for cargo operations and fleet management, announced today that they have achieved the first milestone toward the creation of a comprehensive and open stowage planning and collaboration platform.
Authorized XVELA users – ocean carriers and terminal operators alike – now have access to thousands of ship configuration files from INTERSCHALT’s vast library of StowMan and MACS3 compatible ship files directly within XVELA. This enables users of INTERSCHALT’s industry-leading MACS3 loading computer and StowMan software to leverage XVELA’s advanced vessel and stowage visualization tools for enhanced, actionable visibility throughout the stowage process and improved collaboration with the ship’s called terminals.
“By adopting an open ship file standard across these solutions, all stakeholders in the stowage process are able to work from the same identical and validated specifications of each ship – a key step in supporting clear communication and collaboration between ocean carriers and terminal operators. This eliminates the time and cost of duplicating ship files across stowage solutions on both the carrier and terminal side and, more importantly, reduces the operational data errors caused by outdated or incorrectly configured ship files,” said Robert Inchausti, Chief Technology Officer, XVELA.
Ship files are automatically updated in XVELA, ensuring that all parties are working from the most up-to-date ship files for improved safety, accuracy, and consistency.
XVELA and INTERSCHALT, both part of Cargotec, have been working together toward the common goal of integrating their innovative solutions since Cargotec’s acquisition of INTERSCHALT was approved earlier this year.
Rainer Hartmann, Vice President of Technology, INTERSCHALT, stated, “We are making great progress bringing together our complementary solutions, and we’re eager to deliver the resulting benefits to our shared customers. As we further integrate our technologies, customers will be able to leverage our vessel planning and monitoring solutions within the XVELA collaboration platform to gain even more options to increase ship utilization, optimize cargo load and decrease port stays.”
The integration capabilities of the stowage planning and collaboration platform do not stop at XVELA and INTERSCHALT. The XVELA JSON ship file format is open and available to any provider’s ship files to encourage industry adoption of the file standard. A full set of APIs will ultimately enable interoperability with any viable terminal operating system or stowage planning software, along with in-house systems, to offer customers flexibility and the freedom to use their preferred tools.