ATLANTA – Functionality

General

Today all available tools in a transport system must be utilised in a correct and smooth way. Therefore GLPS is designed with functions tailor-made for the reality in which it is used.

GLPS can either be used by a shore based cargo planner for one or several ships or by a planner on board a ship. The basic purpose with the system is to enable easy planning of various load conditions and cargo combinations to make it possible to utilise the ships in an efficient way. The load planning is based on cargo data received from a booking system or manually inserted.

GLPS displays graphical descriptions of the ship´s cargo areas as well as tanks and storage areas.

GLPS generates various types of reports, which comply with the need among concerned parties. The reports are printed optionally in colour or in black and white.

By means of simple drag and drop functions units are moved to the ship from booking lists or shifted between positions on board the ship.

The content of the various tanks can be altered by manual input or by an interface to a tank gauging system.

All weight changes generates new calculations of trim and stability. Warnings are displayed in case limit values required by authorities or specified by the operator are exceeded.

Communication

In order to handle integration between GLPS and shore-based systems, communication routines are built up around a mailing system. Data transmission can be done optionally via mobil telephones or satellites. The operator selects the most suitable method from time to time. Communication with other GLPS based systems is made by easy available functions.

Load planning

The source of information to any cargo planning system is the cargo data information. GLPS can handle such data on different levels:

Detailed unit information from a booking system per port describing all unit data such as for example weight and stowage height as well as stowage position in the terminal or shed
Manually inserted cargo data on an overview level.

Since there are different needs and requirements with respect to load planning, the system enables placing of the cargo on the load plan in the following ways:

  • Unit by unit or groups of units placed where it is dropped on the load plan
  • Unit by unit snapped to a trailer lane, container position etc
  • Groups of units placed in a marked area on the load plan according to a specified stowage factor

Because of the flexibility, GLPS also leaves room for individual working techniques.

Summary

GLPS can be used for the following tasks:

Load planning on a detailed level based on booking data
Produce load and discharge order lists for terminal operators
Communication between ships, terminals and booking operators
Simulate round trips and port operations based on bookings
Calculation of draft, trim, heel, stability and stress
Save conditions for later retrieval
Generate reports

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