Its ShipDecision software eliminates the need for brokers to search manually through
the thousands of incoming daily emails. The Vessel Position feature of the system
examines each incoming message and automatically extracts the critical vessel
information such as the name, ownership and tonnage of the vessel; its region and
position; and its open date range.
Through a unique algorithm, the system also â€˜learnsâ€™ to adapt to various formats of
information, so that it can extract the relevant data regardless of the format in which
it is written. The Cargo Order feature of the system makes it easier for brokers to
search for cargo orders by layâ€can date range; cargo type and quantity; zone and
port; and by latest date.
â€œQuickly matching the right ship to the right cargo, in the most cost effective
manner, is a critical action in the maritime shipping industry,â€ claimed Albert
Carbone, President of Stelvio Inc.
â€œThe feedback we have had from the brokering community is that the Broker
Module will make a real difference in dayâ€toâ€day productivity,â€ he added.
ShipDecision is a secure, webâ€based system which fully integrates all the information
and documents needed to manage cargo movement and vessel operations. With
specific modules for Brokers, Operators, Charterers, Surveyors, Agents, Insurers and
Registries, the system is intuitive to the industry and substantially improves the
speed and efficiency of everyday processes.
ShipDecisionâ€™s broker module is already making life simpler for busy Montrealbased
cargo brokerage house Gresco which recently signed a threeâ€year contract to
use the system to handle the myriad of emails, faxes and requests received on a daily basis.
Grescoâ€™s broking team receives more than 1,000 emails each day together with
hundreds of phone calls and approximately 400 faxes per month.
Perhaps the single biggest benefit of the ShipDecision Broker Module is that it
eliminates the need for Gresco to search manually through the thousands of
incoming daily emails.
In the coming months the Gresco team will begin to use the Cargo Order feature of
the system, which will make it easier for the brokers to search for cargo orders by
layâ€can date range; cargo type and quantity; zone and port; and by latest date.
A Gresco spokesperson said: â€œEfficiency is the ultimate benefit that Gresco has
derived from ShipDecision. Quickly matching the right ship to the right cargo, in the
most costâ€effective manner is critical to our businessâ€.