Crowley Maritime has expanded its relationship with XVELA, the world’s first maritime business network for ocean carriers and terminal operators which uses Navis’ MACS3 loading computer, for its users throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States.
Currently, Crowley uses Navis’ MACS3 loading computer and will integrate XVELA into the platform for vessel planning and lashing. Crowley will also use XVELA for hazardous checks throughout voyages.
Furthermore, Crowley has also chosen XVELA to deliver stowage planning solutions and to help them work more efficiently while providing greater visibility to maximize its quality of service and redoubling its commitment to vessel safety.
Effective stowage planning is a critical component of a successful port call and impacts every aspect of terminal operations.
XVELA’s collaborative stowage planning tool will help Crowley in its efforts to support strong inter- and intra-organizational collaboration.
Crowley became a full XVELA customer following a trial in its Southern Zone region, which includes services between the US East Coast and Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Crowley’s terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico was recently able to get a stowage plan approved, with zero revisions, on their first attempt. This will allow Crowley to eliminate rework on stowage and speed up the stowage process.
Andrew Black, a Crowley business solutions architect, said, “By implementing XVELA, we hope to demonstrate the success of sharing operational data between users and want to be part of a change in the industry to produce visibility through all trade lanes at all terminal sizes.
“We believe XVELA could help us eventually collaborate with both small and larger terminals on a single platform to better serve our voyages.
Sumitha Sampath, Vice President of Operations, XVELA, said, “Sharing data in real-time helps users better plan and communicate with stakeholders for optimal operations and voyages.
“By partnering with Crowley, we will be able to provide both its vessels and terminals the visibility and collaborative capability necessary to provide customers with superior service and differentiate Crowley in the market.”