In 1980 Autoship Systems began building a reputation
for excellence in software development with a rather
revolutionary idea - an integrated suite of PC-based
marine CAD/CAM software and services. This innovation
established us as market leaders around the world, being
the first with Windows-based software, an industry pioneer
in NURBS mathematical modeling, and first with an international
dealer network. Today, Autoship retains its traditional
CAD/CAM market presence through product innovation,
excellent after-sales service, and thousands of installations.
Innovations for the Shipping
As Autoship began providing more and more specialized
marine CAD/CAM software, we perceived a need for a truly
accurate hydrostatics engine. Most digital hydrostatic
engines were, and still are, based on calculations that
interpolate predetermined graphs, while from the start
our Autohydro products were based on an accurate
digital model of the vessel. It wasn't long before vessel
operators saw the advantages of a truly accurate hydrostatics
engine that could be taken to sea on a PC, and so Autoload
was born. Autoload has been an extremely
successful offshoot - selling to a truly astonishing
array of international customers in all operating environments.
Autoload continues to sell as a primary hydrostatics
calculation engine, able to take into account tanks
and distributed weights, and also able to accept data
from tank, draft, and rate of flow sensors.
The next step for us, however, became very clear. Cargo
had been taken into account by Autoload as distributed
weight - but why not keep track of all cargo stowed
on a vessel, and have Autoload update its calculations
each time a cargo item is stowed?
Two factors were evident: first, cargo placement on
shipping vessels remained fluid practically up to the
moment of sailing; and second, the marine shipping industry
was falling behind in both supply chain management and
the e-logistics chain. Cargo was beginning to be tracked
electronically from manufacture, through land and air
transport, to distribution and dealerships; however,
there was (and still is) a glaring gap in supply management
when products hit the marine shipping links in the chain.
Another gap appeared when it became evident that some
smaller companies wanted to be able to automate cargo
planning, but could not support the worldwide data systems
afforded by our larger customers, such as Wallenius
Wilhelmsen Lines. We set out to fill these gaps by providing
revolutionary and flexible simulation tools, the ability
to track cargo at any point once it is accepted as a
booking, and (if desired) the ability to access our
products through the Internet.
Our success in these endeavors has been rapid. Our first
cargo planning work in 1998 centered on breakbulk vessels,
and then we moved to ro-ro and container vessels. We
have since gained contracts with tanker and bulk cargo
shipping lines, and are expanding into terminal planning
and management products. Concurrently, we have developed
a type of user-pay access via "thin client"
technology; this means that you can now use our stowage
planning software via our ISP provider on the Internet,
without any system installation or support issues.
Once again, Autoship Systems Corporation is established
as the new wave in maritime software; we were never
dilettantes, and with over two decades of development
history we're far from being novices.