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.