Brazilian cabotage specialist Log-in Logistica has gone live with Xvela’s collaborative stowing planning application.
Stowage for Log-in’s fleet of container vessels is now planned using the cloud solution and the carrier has begun collaborating on vessel call planning with Tecon Salvador, a container terminal operated by Wilson Sons Group in Salvador, Brazil.
Luis Godoi, operations and chartering general Mmanager at Log-In Logistica, said: “We believe the only way to dramatically improve productivity, data accuracy, cost savings and overall process efficiency is through collaboration with our operational partners, which is now possible through Xvela.”
“The amount of information that must be exchanged between all stakeholders in order to execute vessel operations is immense, and with each data point comes the potential for inaccuracy and delays, whether through human error or ‘manipulation’ of data.”
He continued: “To improve data integrity, all parties must work with a shared, single source of truth.”
In addition to stowage planning, the cabotage company is using the platform to collaborate with its called terminals to improve communication and transparency around vessel calls and further increase operational efficiency.
The carrier has collaboratively planned multiple calls at Tecon Salvador using the Xvela business network to share critical stowage information including a common load list and shared visibility of stow plans, ensuring accuracy and consistency of data.
Both the terminal in Northeast Brazil and the carrier are utilising Xvela’s connectivity to the Navis MACS3 loading computer.
Luciano Leite, operations manager at Tecon Salvador, said: “Terminals sometimes lose up to an hour waiting for the vessel’s chief mate to check stability and lashing calculations and request adjustments to the plan.
“Now we can see the same stability and lashing results as the vessel’s onboard computer while creating our plan. So there is a much higher likelihood that the plan will be quickly approved by the chief mate, so we can start operations right away and get the ship out on time.”
The pair are also using Xvela’s integrated recordable chat feature, which links each conversation to the particular vessel call for a shared, cohesive record of all communication around that call, including which party instigated any changes to the plan, when the changes were requested, and why.
This information can be useful in post-call analysis to facilitate objective, data-driven discussions and continuous improvements.