• 2019 July 20 10:56

    Wallem introduces cloud-based software for simpler workflows

    Wallem Group says it is rolling out cloud-based software to reduce paperwork and streamline workflows across its ship agency business. Simplifying the management of documentation and actions required in port calls in a unified system will reduce administrative overheads and enable Wallem’s agents to enhance service quality and consistency to customers worldwide.

    Wallem has chosen to migrate to the a3 Agency System, marking an important milestone in a broader corporate transformation envisioned by CEO Frank Coles to cast off outdated and inefficient practices and make way for approaches founded on transparency and intelligent use of technology.

    With each appointment agents must attend to mountains of documentation, including cargo manifests, letters of authority, notices of readiness, stowage plans and bills of lading. At the same time, they have to watch over every stage of the port call, liaising with numerous stakeholders to make sure that a string of tasks are completed in the right way and in the right order.

    Agents must also be ready to respond to unplanned eventualities such as weather delays or hold ups in loading or unloading, as well as to make allowances for scheduled inspections and surveys. When managing multiple appointments simultaneously, the workload and associated responsibility quickly escalates.

    a3 saves times and reduces the risk of error by providing Wallem’s agents with an intuitive interface for assigning and managing tasks associated with an appointment. Curated dashboards make it easier to keep track of progress for the duration of a port call. The system grants agents greater oversight and acts as a safeguard mechanism to prevent uncompleted tasks holding up workflow or causing delays.

    The enterprise-grade solution has built-in functionality for generating reports on key operational metrics, such as time in port, operational delays and the KPI’s that are important to our principals for greater transparency about their vessels and cargoes.

    Wallem Chief Executive Frank Coles said: “a3 will let Wallem’s team of agents work smarter with the sort of tools they expect to use in the 21st century. As a purpose-built system it reduces data-entry and administration through automated processes and third-party integration, meaning our agents can handle more port calls more efficiently, with less risk.”

    a3 Agency Systems CEO Travis Monson said: “Frank Coles’ vision for Wallem aligns closely with our ideals. The a3 Agency System was designed from the ground up for today’s shipping agent. This project is about more than deploying a3 to help Wallem’s agents to perform their job more easily and more effectively; it is about fostering a culture that embraces technology to improve business processes and provide a long-term pathway for continual improvement.”  

    About a3
    a3 is a cloud based agency system supporting customers of all sizes across 6 continents. From our headquarters in London, UK and other satellite locations around the world we provide the full suite of agency tools within a3, including automated PDA’s, FDA’s, Documentation and Operations management with an emphasis on reducing data input. This is pulled together with efficient workflows and integrations including amongst others, finance systems, SEDNA and our exclusive DA-Desk integration launching later this year. Ultimately a3 aims to deliver More Port Calls, Less Work.




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2020 September 21

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17:21 CMA CGM Group launches “A Humanitarian Ship for Lebanon” campaign to ship emergency humanitarian aid
17:21 USCG prepares for storm, coastal flooding along Texas coast
16:37 Fire on fast rescue craft onboard the M/V Siem Diamond
16:14 LR and the NPL partner on marine autonomy assurance
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12:01 Fincantieri launches the first patrol vessel for Qatar
11:00 BeHydro dual-fuel hydrogen engine awarded Approval in Principle by LR
10:39 Remote audits discussed to avoid further disruption to audit schedule
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09:08 Baltic Dry Index as of September 18

2020 September 20

16:27 Innovative vacuum cleaner removes plastic from nature reserve in the port of Antwerp
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2020 September 19

15:04 Vroon to recycle three PSVs
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2020 September 18

18:53 Russian ports switch to unified digital platform for daily scheduling of vessels layout and traffic
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17:59 Rosmorport takes part in TRANSTEC International Transport Corridors Forum
17:37 Land purchase in Saint Petersburg: new service center for SCHOTTEL in Russia
17:26 Start-ups invited to enter competition to win £75,000 grant to develop innovate port technology
17:11 New high-speed passenger ship put into operation in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District
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16:48 DP World and Dubai Customs to assess opportunities to develop trade links between UAE and Israel
16:30 Gazprom Nedra and Marine Rescue Service test SeaDrone MG in Arctic conditions
16:09 SG-STAR Fund: First global tripartite initiative to support countries for crew change
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15:43 USCG releases new plan to protect global maritime security
15:08 CMA CGM informs of revised port charges in Ghana
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