• 2019 July 20 10:56

    Wallem introduces cloud-based software for simpler workflows

    Wallem Group says it is rolling out cloud-based software to reduce paperwork and streamline workflows across its ship agency business. Simplifying the management of documentation and actions required in port calls in a unified system will reduce administrative overheads and enable Wallem’s agents to enhance service quality and consistency to customers worldwide.

    Wallem has chosen to migrate to the a3 Agency System, marking an important milestone in a broader corporate transformation envisioned by CEO Frank Coles to cast off outdated and inefficient practices and make way for approaches founded on transparency and intelligent use of technology.

    With each appointment agents must attend to mountains of documentation, including cargo manifests, letters of authority, notices of readiness, stowage plans and bills of lading. At the same time, they have to watch over every stage of the port call, liaising with numerous stakeholders to make sure that a string of tasks are completed in the right way and in the right order.

    Agents must also be ready to respond to unplanned eventualities such as weather delays or hold ups in loading or unloading, as well as to make allowances for scheduled inspections and surveys. When managing multiple appointments simultaneously, the workload and associated responsibility quickly escalates.

    a3 saves times and reduces the risk of error by providing Wallem’s agents with an intuitive interface for assigning and managing tasks associated with an appointment. Curated dashboards make it easier to keep track of progress for the duration of a port call. The system grants agents greater oversight and acts as a safeguard mechanism to prevent uncompleted tasks holding up workflow or causing delays.

    The enterprise-grade solution has built-in functionality for generating reports on key operational metrics, such as time in port, operational delays and the KPI’s that are important to our principals for greater transparency about their vessels and cargoes.

    Wallem Chief Executive Frank Coles said: “a3 will let Wallem’s team of agents work smarter with the sort of tools they expect to use in the 21st century. As a purpose-built system it reduces data-entry and administration through automated processes and third-party integration, meaning our agents can handle more port calls more efficiently, with less risk.”

    a3 Agency Systems CEO Travis Monson said: “Frank Coles’ vision for Wallem aligns closely with our ideals. The a3 Agency System was designed from the ground up for today’s shipping agent. This project is about more than deploying a3 to help Wallem’s agents to perform their job more easily and more effectively; it is about fostering a culture that embraces technology to improve business processes and provide a long-term pathway for continual improvement.”  

    About a3
    a3 is a cloud based agency system supporting customers of all sizes across 6 continents. From our headquarters in London, UK and other satellite locations around the world we provide the full suite of agency tools within a3, including automated PDA’s, FDA’s, Documentation and Operations management with an emphasis on reducing data input. This is pulled together with efficient workflows and integrations including amongst others, finance systems, SEDNA and our exclusive DA-Desk integration launching later this year. Ultimately a3 aims to deliver More Port Calls, Less Work.




2019 December 12

13:12 Austal USA delivers USNS Puerto Rico to U.S. NAVY
12:49 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Nov’2019 grew by 16% Y-o-Y to 56.25 million tonnes
12:24 Lead nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220, Arktika, left for sea trials
12:00 ABS publishes Fuel Cell Guidance to support industry decarbonization objectives
11:38 Port of Ust-Luga handled 95.31 million tonnes in 11M’18, up 6% Y-o-Y
11:13 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in 11M'2019 grew by 2% to 55.01 million tonnes
11:10 Verifavia Shipping undertakes IHM services for 29 Attica Group vessels
10:56 Wärtsilä to divest its ELAC Nautik business
10:49 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 11M’2019 fell by 9.4% Y-o-Y to 30 million tonnes
10:26 TransContainer dispatched test train from Korea to Poland
10:05 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 12
09:47 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.41% to $63.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.14% to $58.84
09:31 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,460 points
09:08 Viking Line’s new vessel to be equipped with Climeon Heat Power System
08:12 Nautilus Labs becomes new Inmarsat fleet data application provider

2019 December 11

18:33 Kongsberg and the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue join forces to develop new SAR solutions
18:03 DOF Subsea secures integrated FSV contract in Africa
17:50 NCSP Group's consolidated cargo turnover for 10 months of 2019 totaled 121.2 million tons
17:32 Equinor completes the acquisition of a 50 % interest in the offshore wind development project Bałtyk I in Poland from Polenergia
17:25 LNG in the era of decarbonization: the 6th International LNG Congress 2020 brings up environmental questions
17:13 Port Houston sets new records at container terminals in November 2019
16:54 World's first liquefied hydrogen carrier SUISO FRONTIER launches building an international hydrogen energy supply chain aimed at carbon-free society
16:32 Seaspan Shipyards delivers its second offshore fisheries science vessel to the Canadian Coast Guard
16:13 Port of Virginia сargo volume up nearly 4% in November 2019
15:49 Throughput of port Taganrog in 11M'2019 fell by 7% to 2.59 million tonnes
15:32 Aker BP first ever to use new well stimulation method offshore
15:12 Port of Savannah container volumes up 5.4 percent in November 2019
14:51 Sovcomflot named Company of the Year at the 2019 Lloyd’s List Europe Awards
14:32 Aker Solutions secures contract to support the development of BP’s Cypre project, offshore Trinidad and Tobago
14:12 Port of Oakland export volume up 5.8 percent in November 2019
13:50 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
13:32 Belships enters into two letters of intent for the acquisition of two Ultramax bulk carriers
13:11 Port of Los Angeles moves 728,918 TEUs in November 2019
12:47 Dredge Yard receives an order for a customized Cutter Suction Dredger from Western Potash
12:47 Yamal LNG received all 15 Arc7 ice-class tankers
12:25 Wärtsilä & CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited agree to jointly develop hybrid vessels for the future
12:23 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard starts metal cutting for fourth super trawler ordered by Russian Fishery Company
12:01 ABS and DSME sign digitalization and decarbonization JDP agreement
11:31 New mobile crane increases APM Terminals Yucatán’s productivity by 40%
11:19 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M'2019 grew by 2.7% to 766.8 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
11:12 First LNG bunkering delivered concurrent cargo operations in port of Amsterdam
10:59 Port of Long Beach cargo volumes dip 3.5% in November 2019
10:54 Navigation season of 2019 is over on Russia’s IWW with shipping closed in Azov-Don Basin
10:30 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 11
10:18 Swedish businesses informed about benefits of Latvian transport corridor
09:51 Bunker prices show no certain trend at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.62% to $64.93, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.52% to $58.93
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,528 points

2019 December 10

18:10 UN Climate Conference – ICS embraces 4th Propulsion Revolution
17:56 Cargo turnover within Volga-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW in navigation season of 2019 fell by 9.7% to 14.452 million tonnes
17:34 APG and TRIG acquire 100% interest in Merkur Offshore Wind Farm
17:19 Northern Fleet cruiser Marshal Ustinov moves to Northern hemisphere
16:03 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe
15:52 Baltic States aim to implement Rail Baltica project in rapid and coordinated way
15:34 Damen signs contract with EMS Offshore to supply new Shoalbuster 2711
15:03 COSCO SHIPPING signs strategic cooperation agreement with State Power Investment Corporation
14:31 GTT notified by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding for the tank design of an LNG bunker vessel for MOL
14:31 London P&I Club announces senior management appointments in Hong Kong office
13:56 Gazprom Neft expands lubricants production abroad
13:30 Bunker prices are almost flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)