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ZIM agrees 93-ship software deal

The software will be used to optimise stowage on ZIM container vessels The software will be used to optimise stowage on ZIM container vessels Photo: ZIM

Liner shipping company ZIM Integrated Shipping Services of Israel is to implement the StowMan[S] software system from Interschalt to manage stowage planning for its 93-ship container fleet.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}In addition to the stowage planning software, the contract also includes the provision of Seacos MACS3 loading computer systems to ZIM’s vessels.

StowMan[S], developed in cooperation with the IT University of Copenhagen and launched in September 2014, is used  to generate multiple optimised stowage plans for a ship.

In an iterative process, the software examines a range of criteria relevant to the stowage of containers in making its recommendations, such as the container size, crane capacity, segregation of dangerous goods, reefer container plug-ins, and also the optimum trim.

“While looking for the best stowage planning software currently available, StowMan[S] impressed us with the speed and efficiency with which we were able to plan different stowage scenarios according to various criteria, in order for us to decide on the optimum plan with maximum capacity utilisation,” said David Arbel, chief operation officer at ZIM.

“There is no other software like it on the market today. Operated together with the MACS3 loading computer, we see a realistic possibility to optimise the capacity utilisation of our ships – both on board and on land, taking into account safety criteria as well as economic aspects.”

The StowMan[S] software package is now on use on approximately 600 ships around the world.{/mprestriction}

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