Crowley Maritime Selects XVELA for collaborative stowage planning
XVELA, which is backed by Navis and owned by Cargotec has announced that Crowley Maritime has expanded its use of the XVELA platform, following a successful trial.
Crowley has extended its use of XVELA for its stowage planning throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States. Crowley selected XVELA for stowage planning and “to help them work more efficiently while providing greater visibility to maximize its quality of service and redoubling its commitment to vessel safety,” XVELA stated.
In addition to operating vessels, Crowley also operates several terminals. XVELA said this makes “makes visibility and communication across functions particularly important...Following a successful trial in its Southern Zone region, which includes services between the U.S. East Coast and Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Crowley became a full XVELA customer and is already beginning to see improved stowage efficiency and accuracy on both the terminal and carrier sides. For instance, Crowley’s terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico was recently able to get a stowage plan approved, with zero revisions, on their first attempt—a rare feat and one that will allow Crowley to eliminate rework on stowage and speed up the stowage process.
Currently, Crowley uses Navis’ MACS3 loading computer and will integrate XVELA into the platform for vessel planning and lashing, as well as hazard checks throughout voyages. Crowley uses Tideworks software extensively for its terminal operations, a relationship that goes back to 2015 when it selected Tideworks’ TOS for several terminals. It is understood there is no integration between XVELA and the Tideworks TOS, at least at this point.
“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,” said Andrew Black, a Crowley business solutions architect. “We believe XVELA could help us eventually collaborate with both small and larger terminals on a single platform to better serve our voyages.”
“Sharing data in real-time helps users better plan and communicate with stakeholders for optimal operations and voyages,” said Sumitha Sampath, Vice President of Operations, XVELA. “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.”