News Article 09/06/2008

Efficiency- enhancing software at Ulysses (Seatrade, June/July 2008, p.133)

London head quartered Ulysses systems, has supplied software solutions to ship-owners and ship managers over the past 12 years. Its Task assistant intuitive software, the recipient of the Seatrade Award for Innovation 2000, is designed to facilitate multi tasking users and require minimal training. It is said to increase efficiency as it integrates complete functionality into one interface convention.

Task Assistant, which caters to both office and seagoing personnel, comes equipped with a unique Task Orientation that presents users with only relevant objects and functionalities (such as messaging and permissions) to their role in the sequence required. The software can be used for tasks such as consolidation component, a ship or a maritime task, distribution of quality manual changes electronically to vessels, better use of databases, software applications or document management systems, implementation of a scalable series of software applications linking of quality forms to PMS and for organization of company filling on servers or the email system.

“Most seamen, who enjoy being at sea are not very fond of using computers”, says Mr. Dimitri Lyras, advisor to the board at Ulysses Systems, and director at Lyras Shipping. “This is why we have designed software that works with the user and eases their workload”.

In fact the software is able to pre-emptively provide users with all the relevant information from other sources in the enterprise that could be relevant to the task at hand. For example, when repatriating a crew member with a visa restriction, inn the port/country of call, the user will be shown a special notice with this information created in other tasks in another part of the organization.

Task Assistant can also help manage data processing tasks such as technical maintenance , purchasing and crew management in a manner of the organization without previous training.

Ulysses claims that this software can save managers up to $90,000 per vessel per year purely from minimizing information gaps. The company, which also has offices in Piraeus, Singapore, India and the US, has seen a number of clients use its products including, Aegean Bulk, Euronav Ship Management, Arcadia Shipmanagement, Naftomar Shipping and Trading and Top Tankers Management in Greece, Columbia Ship management (Cyprus), Chellaram (Hong Kong), Orient Line (Japan) and the Eitzen Group (world wide).