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XVELA and Interschalt progress on stowage software integration

Cloud-based vessel stowage and collaboration platform XVELA reports that it has passed the first milestone in its partnership with software company Interschalt maritime systems to create an open stowage planning and collaboration platform, with the XVELA system now able to exchange data with Interschalt applications.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}XVELA and Interschalt, both part of Cargotec, have been working together toward the common goal of integrating their technology since Cargotec’s acquisition of Interschalt was approved earlier this year.

Authorised XVELA users, such as ocean carriers and terminal operators, will now have access to ship configuration files from Interschalt’s library of StowMan and MACS3 compatible ship files directly within XVELA.

Users of Interschalt’s MACS3 loading computer and StowMan software will also be able to leverage XVELA’s vessel and stowage visualisation tools to manage the stowage process and improve collaboration with the ship’s called terminals.

“By adopting an open ship file standard across these solutions, all stakeholders in the stowage process are able to work from the same identical and validated specifications of each ship – a key step in supporting clear communication and collaboration between ocean carriers and terminal operators,” said Robert Inchausti, chief technology officer, XVELA.

“This eliminates the time and cost of duplicating ship files across stowage solutions on both the carrier and terminal side and, more importantly, reduces the operational data errors caused by outdated or incorrectly configured ship files.”

The data files used could also lend themselves to integration with other third party systems, the companies note, as the XVELA JSON ship file format is open and available to any provider’s ship files, with the aim of encouraging industry adoption of the file standard.

A full set of APIs will ultimately be released to allow interoperability with any viable terminal operating system or stowage planning software, along with in-house systems.{/mprestriction}

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