News

01/03/2021

SimpleStow is Getting Smarter

Intelligent container recognition during the cargo list synchronization

12/02/2020

SimpleStow GC ver.1.3 is released

Updated version of general cargo planning software is available for download

09/05/2019

SimpleStow as a BAPLIE viewer

Use SimpleStow as a container EDI messages viewer, processor and converter

03/12/2018

SimpleStow GC Released

Graphical general cargo stowage planning software is available for download

20/04/2017

New version of SimpleStow is published

Version 2.3.2 of container stowage planning software is available for download

03/10/2016

SimpleStow can handle VERMAS

SimpleStow can import and export VERMAS messages

30/05/2016

SimpleStow Complies with SOLAS

New version of SimpleStow provides means to enter and process Verified Gross Mas

07/05/2015

Bahri Expands SPS License

Bahri GC expands Autoload SPS license with arrival of new ships

02/01/2015

SimpleStow ver. 2.2 is published

Updated version of SimpleStow is now available for download

20/03/2014

Fulfillment of AAL contract

Autoload commissioned on 10 MPV sisterships

18/04/2013

SimleStow Ver.2 Released

New version of our flagship software is available for download

09/07/2012

Delivery of 4 loading computers

Loading computers delivered to 4 CSM multipurpose sister ships

04/07/2011

Release of SimpleStow ver.1.0

The first version of SimpleStow container stowage planning software is released!

26/04/2011

AAL Fremantle sails with Autoload

AMT has supplied loading computer to another AAL ship

17/12/2010

Autoload for AAL Brisbane

AMT has delivered loading computer software for m/v AAL BRISBANE

23/02/2010

Website Under Construction

Our new site is currently under development.

SimpleStow is Getting Smarter

Container data constantly evolves through the cycle of ship stowage planning. At the beginning, there is a rough preliminary list of containers, based on the projected data. Often the only information known about containers is their load and discharge ports, and the container types.

With the time approaching the ship’s arrival in the load port, the container data available to the ship planner is getting more accurate and detailed. At some point, when work on the stowage plan is well in progress, the equipment ID numbers, verified gross mass, the details of hazardous cargo may become known.

SimpleStow enables the user to periodically “synchronize” the working cargo list he uses in the program with the latest information available in the company’s cargo database, updating container quantities and characteristics. That synchronization updates not only the characteristics of containers yet to be stowed, but also containers already allocated in the bay plan.

Importing and synchronizing cargo list in SimpleStow
 

To synchronize cargo data, the very first task SimpleStow has to perform is to reliably identify containers in the working and in the imported cargo lists. For that purpose, SimpleStow employs three-level containers identification procedure.

If the Equipment IDs are present both in the working list in the program and in the updated cargo list being imported, SimpleStow uses the Equipment ID numbers as the primary identification criterion.

Often the Equipment IDs are not known at the early stages of preliminary planning. In this case SimpleStow relies on the Booking Nos. to identify the containers. Later, when the unique Equipment IDs will become available, they will be added in the characteristics of containers with the respective Booking Nos.

In a very common case, when neither the Equipment IDs nor the Booking Nos. are available in the working plan or in the imported cargo list, SimpleStow uses the combination of the basic characteristics such as POL + POD + Container Type to correctly identify containers to update.

Here is an example of practical application of the “intelligent” container identification in SimpleStow:


Let’s say, a terminal operator receives a preliminary container stowage plan via a BAPLIE message from a shipping line. When imported in SimpleStow, it shows the container stow positions and the mandatory basic information such as POL, POD, container types and weights. At the same time in the terminal operator’s cargo database there are all the detailed characteristics of these containers available: Equipment ID for each container, VGM, hazardous cargo information, position on the yard, etc.

Now, instead of wasting hours and days manually re-entering these characteristics in the stowage plan, the terminal operator simply imports the detailed cargo list into the preliminary plan, and SimpleStow does the rest. In a matter of seconds it identifies containers by the combination of their POL + POD + type, and populates the preliminary bay plan with the detailed container parameters from the TOS cargo database.

In addition to saving time to the terminal ship planner, this function eliminates human errors when manually re-keying container data in the SimpleStow bay plan.


We invite our existing and new customers to download and try the latest version of SimpleStow.

To learn more about the software, visit the SimpleStow Overview page.