SeaLiner - A world leading supplier of IT Software Solutions for Container Shipping Lines

SeaLiner Overview

Our SeaLiner product has been developed based on the vast experience we have gained through our extensive engagements with customers and prospects over many years.

Based on a solid architectural base SeaLiner is user friendly and light on maintenance as a result of our extensive use of common components and single points of data entry. 

The overview of our modules provides and insight into the solutions we provide.

Cross Application (CAP)

This is the foundation module for SeaLiner and essentially maintains master, or standing data, that is used by multiple modules across the application (hence “Cross Application”). This ensures that there is only a single point of data entry which, in turn, ensures data integrity. Module specific master data is maintained within each of the modules as appropriate. For ease of access and user friendliness maintenance programs with CAP can be accessed from the modules that reference master data in CAP.

Business Partner Management (BPM)

The BUSINESS PARTNER Module of the SeaLiner suite provides the functionality to maintain registered business entities whether the role of the business entity is a customer, a vendor or an organization.

Customer classification partners indicates from whom the shipping line is getting the revenue, e.g. shipper, consignee, forwarder, etc.

Vendor classification partners indicate from whom the shipping line is requesting the service, e.g. terminal operator, intermodal trucking company, repair shop, etc.

Organization classification partners indicate whom the shipping line appoints as their local representative in the respective area or country.

Tariff (TFM)

Trade Ship’s TARIFF module provides a detailed store for the management and usage of tariffs and is integrated with the Product Catalogue and Contribution margin engines to provide a very dependable and efficient commercial platform from which to service its customers.

The TARIFF module enables the line to establish a comprehensive tariff structure encompassing their product or service branding.  Functionality is included to easily adjust rates, as the business and market dictates, whilst providing the flexibility to accommodate customer specific agreements, and build local tariffs for decentralized teams.

Product Catalogue Engine (PCE)

The PRODUCT CATALOGUE is a powerful tool that provides the capability to build products based on the data held within the various components or functional areas of the system. These products are built using a combination of route, origin/destination points, load and discharge ports, vessel schedules, equipment size/type, intermodal legs, and restrictions,  to name but a few. This enables the Shipping Lines to maintain control over what is sold to whom and at what margin, whilst providing valuable data to enable quick business decisions to be taken in the short term, and maintaining historical data that assists in the making of strategic business decisions in the medium to long term. 

The Product Catalogue is fully integrated within the SeaLiner Suite or can be offered as a stand-alone module interfacing to the appropriate legacy systems.

Customer Rate Agreement (CRA)

Trade Ship’s CUSTOMER RATE AGREEMENT module provides comprehensive functionality to establish an agreement between the shipper and the line, encompassing all aspects of the relationship. Together with a number of key components the module has significant dependencies on other modules within the SeaLiner suite, such as the Product Catalogue. This is essential to maintain overall integrity of the system and that of the the customer contracts themselves.

SeaLiner also provides monitoring tool which allows the trade managers to monitor the contract performance against the bookings over a period of time.

For those customers who do not wish to engage in a long term contract, SeaLiner also provides a Quotation module.

Quotation (QTN)

The QUOTATION Module enables users to generate ad hoc quotations for customers who do not have a Customer Rate Agreement. Based on the CRA functionality the module will build a quotation based on the Product Catalogue and Tariff ensuring that the integrity of business processes are maintained.  

Contribution Margin Engine (CME)

Our CONTRIBUTION MARGIN ENGINE provides analysis of the revenue, fixed costs and variable costs of a shipment in order to estimate the margin that will be achieved. The CM plays an essential role in the decision making process when determining the worthiness of accepting a shipment, either during a Product Catalogue inquiry, negotiation of Customer Rate Agreement or Quotation, Booking the shipment, or finalization of the shipment. The CM can be used as a means to investigate how to modify the orders in order to increase overall the CM. Additionally the CM can be used for performance monitoring, by locations, and analysis.

Vessel Schedule System (VSS)

The VESSEL SCHEDULE SYSTEM handles the planning, implementation and maintenance of ports of call, steaming times and associated port operations. The VSS is an integral part of the Product Catalogue, displaying the times of possible sailings and connections. Shipping lines require schedules in order to offer services to their customers, whilst Customers rely heavily on schedules and have expectations of data accuracy to properly manage their supply chains. Through the VSS shipping lines can develop or improve schedules, whilst maintaining and controlling their services.

Equipment Management System (EMS)

Using the experiences gained working with numerous shipping lines, leasing companies and depots Trade Ship’s EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM systems covers all aspects of equipment management, monitoring and control through the following comprehensive modules:

  • Equipment Leasing
  • Equipment Sub-Leasing
  • Equipment Tracking
  • Equipment Maintenance and Repair
  • Equipment Detention and Demurrage
  • Equipment Depot / Terminal Storage

 

Equipment Logistics Planner (ELP)

The LOGISTICS PLANNER module is a comprehensive tool that gathers information from various modules within the system to present the users with a detailed picture of their current and future stock positions. Additional, readily available decision making information and functionality enables the users to easily and efficiently execute equipment balancing and stock adjustment options.

Slot Management System (SMS)

Trade Ship’s SLOT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM is designed to easily establish slot sharing agreements with a single line, or a consortium of lines, with the flexibility to structure different sharing arrangements.

Forecast and Allocation Management System (FMS)

Our FORECAST and ALLOCATION System provides the functionality for the reserving (allocating) of available space onboard a vessel/voyage for specific shipments whilst managing the actual remain-on-board capacity maintenance. This module is integrated with booking providing real-time, available capacity by showing actual booked quantities and the remaining space on board a vessel. This module also allows the maintenance of the available space, initialized from Slot Management, during the life span of the voyage.

Booking (BKG)

Trade Ship’s BOOKING module is a fully integrated application with in the SeaLiner suite. Closely coupled to Customer Rate Agreements (contracts), Quotations and the Vessel Schedule, and dependent on the likes of the Product Catalogue, this system comprehensively processes booking information which, in turn, triggers numerous checks, validations and approvals and provides the user with finger-tip information to allow them to make informed booking decisions whilst best servicing the customers’ needs.  

The Booking module is the ‘Hub” that pulls together all the information from the other relevant modules in the system and consolidates these, together with the customer provided real-time booking requirements, to produce a final booking together with all the necessary checks and approvals required to meet international regulations and the lines operating procedures.

Intermodal Logistics (IML)

Our INTERMODAL LOGISTICS module is a fully integrated application within the SeaLiner suite providing Contracts, Standard Costs, Transport Schedules and Job Order functionality, enabling lines to manage door-to-door intermodal transportation whilst supporting internal operational business needs.

Maintaining vendor contracts, the IML module links closely with export and import booking data to comprehensively cover pre and on-carriage requirements, complimenting this with optimization capabilities to improve equipment utilization and reduce the number of non-revenue earning transport legs.

Change of Destination (COD)

The CHANGE of DESTINATION module provides the Export and Import Agents with the capabilities to manage and process a Change of Destination request from the Shipper or Consignee and, once approved, trigger a manifest Alteration.

Vessel Renomination (VRM)

Trade Ship’s VESSEL RENOMINATION SYSTEM presents the user with the capabilities to easily re-nominate bookings and amend or reschedule vessel/voyage information in the transport plans (TP) with various options, depending on the operational constraints or customers requirements. If the vessel leg change affects any inland leg e.g. rail, road barge, feeder, the vessel re-nomination transaction will trigger a process to amend the intermodal routing assignment or Job order.

Customer Services (CSV)

Trade Ship’s CUSTOMER SERVICE module provides an easy to access, user friendly interface between the user’s desk and the SeaLiner application with the facility to track and trace shipments.

Dangerous Goods (DGS)

The DANGEROUS GOODS module enables the user to record and process all relevant dangerous goods data received from the Shippers, and generate DG (Approval) Requests, incorporating automated processing that checks the plausibility on packaging used, observance of the segregation rules applicable for incompatible materials and the observance of other defined restrictions. The system will also generate documents such as the DG Carriage Approval Requests, DG Manifest, DG statistical data reports, and reports addressed to public authorities (local, national, and international), partner lines, and vessels’ command, other Business Regions, vessel planners, terminal operators and stevedoring companies.

Data processing is based on the provisions in the IMDG Code, the regulations that prescribe detailed requirements applicable to the transport of dangerous goods at sea by vessel.

Terminal Operations System (TOS)

Trade Ship’s TERMINAL OPERATIONS SYSTEM provides a comprehensive range of functions that enable the users to efficiently enter and maintain Terminal Operation data whilst producing proforma that simplify the process of verifying the numerous invoices associated with a vessels call. Detailed reporting capabilities provide corporate users and management teams with information to monitor and control cost and performance.

Documentation - Export (DEX)

The EXPORT DOCUMENTATION module provides the Export Agents with the capabilities to manage and process Bills of Lading from Shipping Instructions and Bookings, charge calculation - based upon Customer Contract or Quotation - and trigger invoicing of shipment charges to the Bill To Parties. Additionally the Contribution Margin is calculated for confirmed Bills of Lading. The BL Print allows the generation of BL output whilst BL Re-print can be managed by authorized users. Manifest functionality allows the generation of Manifest output including Cargo, Customs and Revenue Manifests. A request for changes to a BL from a Customer is managed by Manifest Alteration, with the appropriate level of approval required and, once approved, Output Correction Notice generation.

Documentation - Import (DIM)

Our IMPORT DOCUMENTATION module handles all aspects of import processing. “Export Finalized” Bill of Lading data is retrieved and used to generate Arrival Notices to Consignees and/or Notify Parties whilst necessary declarations are submitted to external local authorities. Any changes on existing cargo delivery plans and delivery transportation are processed and checks are made to ensure that all applicable charges are collected before the shipment lifecycle is completed.

Value Added Services (VAS)

Our VALUE ADDED SERVICE module manages any additional services requested by shippers on a shipment within the various facilities involved during the execution of the transport plan. Key areas of this module are the Vendor Contract setup, Selling Tariff Setup, integration of VAS services with Customer Rate Agreement and Customer Order Management, Job Order execution and Invoice Verification. In addition to the job order processing on commonly used VAS’s, such as cleaning and fumigation of containers for LCL cargo, the functionality is extended to cover the following:

  • Consolidation of LCL bookings
  • Handling multi cargo pickup & drop off
  • Stuffing and Stripping

Finance - Accounts Receivable (FAR)

SeaLiner’s FINANCE ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE module provides a centralized billing engine that automates as many of the invoicing processes as possible, whilst providing the flexibility to make necessary adjustments as required. To support this, the module is also used to manage and maintain; country based tax setup, invoice template setup, exchange rates setup, multiple currencies and tax calculations.

Finance - Proforma (FPR)

SeaLiner’s Proforma module is a centralized repository to maintain and monitor all expected cost items, thereafter reconciling and marking them as paid through the Vendor Invoice Verification process to ensure correctness and improve processing productivity. Detailed reporting capabilities provide corporate users and management teams with the data to efficiently monitor and control cost and performance.

Finance -Taxation (FTX)

Trade Ship’s FINANCE TAXATION module is a powerful tool that provides flexible setup programs and a complex tax calculation engine to accurately determine the tax output, thereby eliminating the need for resource-heavy invoice processing, checking and reconciliation.

 

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