In the world of shipping, the competition is relentless and ever increasing. Margins are squeezed, requirements and rules regimes tightened up, and the pressure lies heavy on Owners and Managers
to cut down on costs and attack inefficiencies.
The shipboard management is similarly subject to a steady growth in paperwork loads and follow-up / reporting demands from the shore staff, all of which must be handled with the same – or even a smaller
– amount of resources as before.
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In these situations it is reassuring to know that at least the cargo control and stability of the vessel is taken well care of. With the ShipLoad Loading Computer onboard, you know that the most powerful
and yet simple solutions are implemented. A system that is easy to use on a day-to-day basis, yet powerful enough not only to do mere calculations, but also to offer advice on loading and stowage, Water
Ballast distribution, Water Ballast exchange, damage stability and grounding scenarios and a lot more. A system that will ease the daily load planning and condition handling, but that with confidence
will rise to much more complicated occasions when so asked.
ShipLoad planning and automation functions
The ShipLoad Loading Computer will of course come inclusive of all the "standard" functions you would expect from a hi-end Loading Instrument. A part of what makes ShipLoad stand out from the crowd,
however, is the array of useful automation and planning functions that are available. ShipLoad will not only tell you what happens if this or that takes place – the common "what-if"–analysis functions:
ShipLoad will provide prompt advice on what to do, how to do it – and it will even do it for you if you will allow… This goes for Water Ballast operations (equilibrium and stability as well as WB exchange
according to new rules on harmful marine organisms), cargo distribution and loading/discharging, optimum floating position for minimum fuel consumption, and more.
Obviously, many of these functions are available only if the tank / draught level gauges and the Ballast Control system is interfaced to the ShipLoad Loading Computer.
Advanced calculation methods – optimum results
ShipLoad will apply both the exact calculation methods on the full geometric definition of the vessel in calculations; there are no short-cuts, no pre-computed tables, no simplifications and compromises,
no conservative assumptions – and it is all done in a blink of the eye.
This might seem like purely theoretical factors of interest to none but professors and data nerds, but that is far from the truth: Exact computations will mean that the vessel is loaded to the stated
limits – no more and no less. No hidden deadfreight and no overloading – what you see is what you have.
This is all achieved without complicating the work for the regular user – the system will do all its tricks behind the normally visible layers. The advanced user might, however, probe deeper into the
matter to configure the calculations according to his particular requirements. This makes for a flexible and versatile system that will match all needs and user requirements of both the shipboard management
and the eventual user at the office.
Emergency response functionality
The ShipLoad Loading Computer may also handle grounding and damage scenarios outside of the regular (pre-defined) Damage Stability conditions that are required by the Class. Advanced modules and options
are available covering Hull Girder Structure / Residual Strength calculations, outflow from tanks, grounding / beaching forces, etc.