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Western Bulk opts for SEDNA management platform

Martin Hjelle, head of technology, Western Bulk Martin Hjelle, head of technology, Western Bulk

Norwegian dry bulk shipping company Western Bulk has selected SEDNA as its team-based transaction management platform to manage the company's email and internal collaboration.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}SEDNA will be used by everyone in Western Bulk, including the CEO, to increase efficiency by accelerating performance and mobility throughout the organisation.

Martin Hjelle, head of technology, Western Bulk, said the company looked at a number of solutions but the final decision came down to a long-term vision.

He commented: “SEDNA is the type of partner Western Bulk needed for the future as we both are working to make teams more efficient. Their openness to integrate with other systems like Shipamax and Veson was very important as it showed SEDNA’s desire to bring innovation from both inside and outside the company to help Western Bulk simplify our workflow.”

As Noel Pullen, COO, SEDNA, added: “We are working to solve a 30-year problem that is too critical to ignore. Email is the lifeblood of any business and the systems responsible for helping people communicate are severely impacting the health of enterprise organisations. As companies look to other forms of communication, we believe the time has come to provide a system built for the needs of today’s enterprise organisation.”

“Moving from a personal email system to team-based platform where people see everything can be an adjustment, the same goes for using tagging instead of file folders or commenting on a message instead of forwarding an email. But the benefits far outweigh the costs as we save 2 to 4 hours people spend each day filing messages,” Mr Pullen continued.

According to Mr. Hjelle, SEDNA is able to address the needs of the teams at Western Bulk, “Because the system brings all the context to a transaction, together in one place. The emails, conversations, comments are all there and searchable in a way that is so fast it is changing our workflows.”

“As a team-based cloud solution, SEDNA is accessible to everyone. People love the fact they can find the information they want, whenever or wherever they need. The mobility and speed is helping the organisation be more efficient and that is helping us work smarter, together.”{/mprestriction}

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    Western Bulk has signed up with Norwegian online market intelligence start-up Oceanbolt to gather greater market insight and knowledge across its chartering, operations, and analytics teams.

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    "We are very excited to announce that Western Bulk, a leading global dry bulk operator, has joined the Oceanbolt Data Platform to leverage our real-time insights into the dry bulk market. Western Bulk joins our platform as a data partner and will provide valuable domain expertise and data which will allow us to train and further improve the accuracy of our historical and predictive algorithms.

    “With Western Bulk’s focus on business intelligence, cloud infrastructure and open APIs, we are proud to become partners with a front-runner in data-driven shipping operations. Western Bulk will leverage Oceanbolt’s Data API and web-based Analytics Dashboard to further strengthen the analytical efforts of their in-house data scientists and analysts and to aid the commercial and operational understanding of the chartering and operations teams.”

    The partnership commenced on May 1, 2020 and marks a milestone for Oceanbolt in its quest for participating to create a digital and data-driven shipping industry. 

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