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Cloud-based port agency platform launched

Softship has launched a new cloud-based software system designed specifically for port agents, a pay-as-you-go tool that manages all port agency and husbandry activities in a single online platform.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Softship Advanced Port Agency Solution – or SAPAS – includes a user defined database to store and retrieve information required to service ships when in port, such as port tariffs, or external costs such as pilotage, berthing and bunkering.

It can also be used to manages various activities related to the vessel, crew, port authorities, customers and suppliers that are relevant to the ship’s time in port. A checklist is created, with a statement of facts and a disbursement account that can be presented when the vessel departs.

“Port agents provide the critical link between the charterer or owner and the port. They arrange port services, crew changes, manage port expenses and much more besides,” said Softship executive director, Thomas Wolff.

“Most agents are small companies who run their businesses on phone calls, spreadsheets and notebooks. SAPAS allows the agent to structure and control all this information and to manage efficiently the wide range of activities required when a ship makes a port call. Importantly, SAPAS is available from any internet connected PC or tablet making it completely portable for agents who are often on the move.”

“We listened carefully to the needs of port agents when we were designing SAPAS and we are confident that this tool will go a long way to help them manage their daily activities and present a professional image to their customers. We have ensured it is easy-to-use and requires no training or software installation. There is no upfront cost and agents only pay for what they use, when they use it.”{/mprestriction}

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