New Workboat Management System Introduced

Monday, November 29, 1999
A system touted as the first fully integrated workboat management system - dubbed GlobeOffshore - will be unveiled by Globe Wireless at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans, to be held Dec. 1-3. GlobeOffshore records vital data onboard the vessel and provides this data in a timely and accurate manner to users onshore. The system allows shoreside users to receive fleet reports, track vessels, and improve incident response time by making all appropriate information automatically available in one place. The system automates the traditional logbook. Vessel data is entered into the GlobeOffshore electronic log, which runs on a Windows-based personal computer aboard the vessel. The crew enters operational data such as loading of cargo, vessel activities, crew and passenger lists, and location information into the easy-to-use onboard software. The information is transmitted via GlobeEmail to a shore base or office. Onshore staff, management, dispatchers and accounting departments can generate a variety of standard reports, including a daily log and summary of activities. There is also and option to create customized reports. Shoreside users can also view the GlobeOffshore Area Map to see the location of each vessel, as well as the ship's cargo status and available capacity. The user selects the appropriate map, and can see not only the current position of the vessel, but also where it has been. In addition to providing the GlobeOffshore data, GlobeEmail allows vessels to send and receive e-mail messages anywhere in the world - extending the communications network. GlobeEmail is integrated into requires GMDSS radio equipment, making it more cost effective. Since Globe Wireless uses its Global Radio Network to send and receive messages, communication costs are up to 50 percent less expensive than conventional methods of maritime communication. The GlobeOffshore system is easy to use even for those who have no prior computer experience. The software includes a complete training workbook and a 24-hour customer support line.

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