Ocean Network Express claims it has set a record by stowing 19,100 TEU onboard the 20,100 capacity MOL Tribute.
The record loading was achieved at Singapore, where the MOL Tribute beat the previous ONE loading record of 18,767 TEU on the MOL Tradition set in December 2018. ONEachieved the record using Navis StowMan stowage planning software. Navis StowMan is the stowage planning software Navis added when it purchased Interschalt Marine.
“Utilizing Navis’ StowMan vessel stowage planning software to optimize the ship, the record load surpasses the record previously announced by Maersk at 19,038 TEU, achieved in August 2018,” Navis stated. Maersk currently uses the Navis legacy Powerstow software, but is understood to be transitioning to new stowage planning software from another supplier.
Carriers are pushing hard to maximise container loadings, which is evidenced by the worldwide boom in raising cranes to mange higher deck stows. “As vessel sizes increase, so too do the complexities associated with safe and effective stowage planning,” said Capt. Kunihiko Nishimura, General Manager Global Vessel Operations, ONE. “With the help of Navis and PSA Singapore, we were able to accomplish a tremendous feat – not only planning, but successfully executing a vessel call with more than 19,100 containers on board. It is truly remarkable and we will continue to innovate and leverage the best possible technology to further advance our performance to better serve our customers.”
“ONE partnered with Navis for its expertise in vessel stowage planning – leveraging its StowMan solution on a vessel also equipped with the MACS3 loading computer for the most recent voyage,” Navis stated. “The benefit of combining the two technologies is twofold as StowMan shows the same results in terms of stability and strength as MACS3, supporting more efficient planning. With Navis’ help, ONE was able to optimize the cargo load based on accurate vessel profile information, resulting in higher utilization, fewer restows and better user engagement”.
“Many aspects of terminal operations have already seen improvement through optimization technology, but greater collaboration in stowage planning for better productivity is an often overlooked means for efficiency gains and cost savings,” said Bruce Jacquemard, Chief Customer Officer at Navis. “An efficient stowage plan is one of the most important factors in saving the transportation cost of shipping companies and getting vessels to their next port of call in a timely manner. The record-breaking load by ONE is a great demonstration of what can be achieved when the right pieces are in the right place at the right time.”
In 2017 Navis announced that ONE would use its XVELA platform for collaborative stowage planning, but XVELA was not mentioned in relation to stowage planning for the MOL Tradition.