Flagship’s software business has been established around the sales and support of the SHIPS system. SHIPS is one of the world’s leading commercially available software systems for steamship lines and their agents. SHIPS provides support for Ro/Ro, Containerized and Break Bulk Operations and spans the full range of user requirements.
The first installations of SHIPS began in the UK in the early 1980s. Since these early installations, SHIPS has been successfully installed in locations around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Norway and the Far East.
Since its inception SHIPS has continually been enhanced to keep pace with the ever changing world of hardware, computer interfaces and specific user requirements, and Flagship is committed to expanding its product line and providing its clients with the highest level of support.
Flagship’s shipping software development team is staffed by people with extensive experience in the development of custom designs for the ocean shipping industry.
Below is a brief overview of the currently available modules within SHIPS. Modules may be installed separately or as a complete package at our Virtual Host Service or Inhouse at our customers locations.
The System Maintenance module is a central core of tables which contain regularly used information, e.g. Vessel Codes, Customer Names & Addresses, etc. This information can then be used to reduce the amount of typing required in other modules, and to validate information as it is entered.
The Quotation module contains a tariff look-up function, enabling the shipping line to provide immediate quotes for the shipment of goods. The module also allows for the entry of indicated rates, and notes. The information in quotations can then be used to generate bookings.
The Bookings module allows bookings to be created, amended, canceled and deleted. Bookings can also be created using the copy or transfer function. Once the booking is created this information can be used to automatically create the core of a Bill of Lading, which the user can then add specific bill of lading information to. A number of reports and prints are also available including Booking Confirmations, Booking Lists, Load Lists, etc.
The Documentation module is a combination of Exports and Imports. The system is able to determine using sailing ports and user IDs whether bills of lading are export or import and only allows users in the country of origin to create or amend bills of lading without creating Manifest Correctors. This module also produces similar reports and prints as the Exports and Imports modules. This module is of particular interest to companies wishing to install an international system.
The Equipment Control module is designed to track the containers and chassis used by the shipping line. It can be configured for either an agent or a line, to track equipment locally or worldwide. Included are per diem and demurrage billing modules. The system will track owned and leased equipment, and will compare it’s inventory to lease company invoices to ensure accurate billing. Equipment control can be linked to the bookings, documentation and accounting modules.
The Utilities module contains miscellaneous functions which control access to the SHIPS functions, e.g. Menu/Operator Maintenance, Device Type Maintenance, etc.
The SHIPS*AMS module allows data from within SHIPS or outside packages to be processed and sent to US Customs to conform with the new requirements for electronic manifest submission, paperless inbound capabilities and automated terminal release decision.
Tha Canada*ACI system allows data from within SHIPS or outside package to be processed and sent to Canada Customs (CBSA)ACI sytem to confirm the latest requirements for electronic manifest submission, paperless inbound capabilities and automated terminal release decision.
SHIPS supports a variety of EDI X12 transactions including 322 (gate move), 304 (shippers instructions) and 309/310 (Bill of Lading details). These can be used to automatically create Bookings, Bills of Lading and equipment moves in the system.
Reporting and Inquiry
All SHIPS modules have a full range of reporting and inquiry capabilities which will produce all legal documentation together. All reports can be printed to the screen, printer, or captured to an ASCII file to be imported into other applications (e.g. Spreadsheets), or can be faxed out of service center.
User Friendly Interface
SHIPS provides users with an easy to use friendly interface, using state of the art techniques such as pop-up windows, pull-down menus, and display and tag or point and shoot data selection. These techniques allow SHIPS users to enter data efficiently and accurately without having to remember data codes or navigate through endless data screens and menus. In addition SHIPS comes pre-loaded with an on-line help screen at each field, which can be expanded by authorized users to include client specific help.
System security is maintained through a user login and password. Users are able to change their passwords at will and passwords are displayed on the screen as XXX. Menus are also created based on user names. Each user can be given a menu only containing the specific functions they require, thereby reducing the possibility of errors by using the incorrect function.
Flagship’s software can be installed on our client’s own hardware or alternatively installed on our Virtual Host (SHIPS:*VH). With SHIPS*VH, our clients can have their own virtual operating environment with world wide access. Contact Flagship for details on this attractive new service.
- Voyage Reporter
- Terminal Operations
- Fax Interface
- World wide E-Mail
- Report Writer
- World Wide Web logistic services on Internet