OOCL chooses Navis StowMan to optimise stowage planning

OOCL chooses Navis StowMan to optimise stowage planning
OOCL loading container. Image courtesy of OOCL

Hong Kong based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has chosen the Navis stowage planning software StowMan for stowing vessels in its container ship fleet.

OOCL operates more than 100 container vessels between 21,400 and 2,900 TEU that are planned by stowage planners who are based in strategic planning regions. Using StowMan, vessel planners will be able to optimise the stowage planning results for fleet utilisation based on improved visibility and efficiency.

StowMan is an advanced multifunctional stowage operation system aimed at optimising vessel utilisation, port call and stowage planning, and obtaining efficient load list management. Image courtesy of Navis

StowMan is capable of utilising the results of the stability and stress calculations, slot definitions and lashing rules as well as dangerous goods segregation and stowage rules produced by the onboard loading computer MACS3, which parts of the OOCL fleet are equipped with. Planners share the same view on stowage-relevant key performance indicators as the crew onboard helps to optimise the cargo load and trim based on accurate vessel profile information.

MACS3 incorporates a comprehensive scope of latest updates of cargo securing rules of classification societies, IMDG stowage guidelines and segregation codes to ensure the highest possible safety standards.

“We are encouraged by the growing momentum of ocean carriers leveraging our technology,” said Bruce Jacquemard, chief customer officer at Navis. “Customers using StowMan have been able to achieve record stows, proving the value our product development strategy promises. Based on accurate vessel profile information, a comprehensive scope of relevant planning functionalities and the incorporation of latest regulation updates, users will be able to achieve the next level of productivity.”

In February 2019, with the help of StowMan, ONE has broken the last reported world record for the largest amount of cargo ever stowed, carrying over 19,100 TEU onboard the MOL Tribute. The record load surpasses the record previously announced by Maersk at 19,038 TEU, achieved in August 2018.