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Livanos renovates its management and secures UlyssesLivanos renovates its management and secures Ulysses - Friday, July 05, 2013
Livanos renovates its management and secures Ulysses

The Monaco-based Gaslog, which took over another large LNG newbuilding unit from
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GASLOG ADOPTS ANOTHER ULYSSES SYSTEMS SHIPPING SOLUTION: DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT - Monday, June 17, 2013
Gaslog,a leading operator and manager of Liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers adoptedTask Assistant Document Management.

UlyssesSystems Shipping Solution for Document Management is the award winning softwareapplication designed to assist companies implementing consistent processes thatensure adherence to regulations. In addition the application provides totalmanagement support for ship operations, consistent with all safety and qualitymanagement requirements and assists office and shipboard staff with inspectionsby customers and regulatory auditors.

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What Should You Expect From Your Vendor In a Lousy Market? - Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Digital Ship 2011 November Athens

Ulysses Systems Presentation by Mr. Pantelis Panteleimon

One Needs to Consider the following:

Are The Tools Provided by Your Vendors To Help You Work Through This Period The Right Ones?
Does Your Vendor Understand Your Market and Your Needs?
Is Your Vendor Predicting How the Market Works and Makes the Best Use of The Money You Pay To Them?
How Well Is Your Vendor Prepared For This Period?
Here We Do Not Pretend To Tell You What To Do We Will Tell You What We Did?

Download the full presentation here.

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The Future of Decision Making in Handelblatt’s Top 5 Business Books list - Monday, November 21, 2011
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Information Overload? (SMI July-August 2011, p.50) - Friday, October 21, 2011
Industry stakeholders also described the problem of mistakenly associating mainstream software issues with the maritime sector. Dimitris Lyras, Managing Director of maritime software vendor Ulysses Systems, explained: "There has been a general confusion and will continue to be, over changes within the software industry outside of the maritime sector (cloud computing for example), but much of this is not relevant.
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Cloud Formation (theBaltic Autumn 2011, p.61-63 - Friday, October 21, 2011
What's new and what's relevant in IT for shipping in the next new years? Dimitris Lyras, founder of global software company Ulysses gives his view.

The mainstream IT industry is paying a lot of attention to text analytics. This means searches that detect discussions that require the attention of the company or enable the classification of typical documents. Things like customer complaints on Clogs, customer complaints that have not been answered or indexing of legal documents. An indication of this is that Hewlett Packard bought a leader in the field of text analytics, a company called Autonomy or for over eight times its revenue, US$10 billion.
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Document Mangement for maritime (Digital Ship, August 2011, p.22) - Friday, August 19, 2011

A good document management system can help company employees, on land and at sea, to do their jobs more efficiently. However the intricacies of the maritime Industry require different technologies to those used on land-based companies.

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Ulysses Systems - Kontra TV - Interview Mr. Dimitris Lyras & Captain Michalis Chatzimanolis - Friday, May 20, 2011

This is an interview of Ulysses staff on the subject of the importance of innovation for the Greek economy and the ease with which small to medium size companies could innovate in the field of cognitive science.

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Ulysses Invests On R&D Projects To Respond Market Demands (ELNAVI, Feb. 2011, p.28) - Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Taking advantage of the extensive research and development project in risk management Ulysses Systems has achieved to be one of the most recognized software developers in the maritime industry.

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DS Athens 2010 - IT Managers focus on more integrated solutions (ELNAVI, Feb 2011, p.20) - Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The new IT managers are bound to work on a more complex maritime environment; therefore they have to create more integrated solutions in order to Increase the flexibility and the efficiency of the shipping company. At the same time these new applications will need more bandwidth In the future In order to cover the ever increasing demand of the shipping company.

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ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΛΥΡΑΣ: Η ναυτιλία χρειάζεται μυαλό και όχι...αριθμούς (DealNews, December 10.2010, p.48) - Friday, December 10, 2010

Οι επιχειρήσεις στις μέρες μας έρχονται αντιμέτωπες με καταστάσεις όπου πρέπει να ληφθούν πολύπλοκες αποφάσεις και τα περιθώρια για λάθη είναι πολύ μικρά ενώ ο τρόπος που λαμβάνονται οι αποφάσεις είναι συχνά ανεπαρκής. Η γνωσιακή επιστημονική έρευνα παρατηρώντας τον τρόπο που σκεφτόμαστε διαπιστώνει ότι η λήψη αποφάσεων είναι αποτέλεσμα μίας κατά κύριο λόγο ασυνείδητης διανοητικής διαδικασίας και ότι τα σφάλματα συμβάλλουν σημαντικά σε μελλοντικές επιτυχημένες αποφάσεις.

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Deep Water Horizon – technology and risk (Digital ship, September 2010, p.44) - Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Deep Water Horizon incident in the United States could lead to a stringent review of procedures across the oil transport industry, and scrutiny of how the tanker industry manages risk. Technology can play a key role in demonstrating a commitment to reduced risk to the global market, writes Panteleimon Pantelis, Director, Ulysses Systems

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Will Deep Water Horizon Incident impact Oil Tanker Industry? - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The tragic accident in the Gulf this year will probably be another test of public and legislative intolerance of accidents causing oil spills.
It’s likely that the Deep Water Horizon incident will affect shipping as well as the oil industry. The most probable targets besides liability and blame will be operating practices, decision making and risk management of subcontractors. The latter is likely to include the tanker industry and its subcontractors.
Will the technological tools at hand be capable to improve efficiency in operations, enable better decision making as well as effective risk and change management in any situation?

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User-friendly and transparency are the key buzzwords by Helen Jauregui (SMI, Aug 10, p. 54) - Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Procurements, safety management, crew training, accounts and technical supervision are a small selection of shipmanagement responsibilities where an efficient approach can improve overall fleet performance.

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Competing for Competence in Greece and in the World - Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Has the implementation of the ISM code and TMSA as a management concern changed ship management across the world? How does management culture influence software selection choices and why is the relationship between ship management and IT experts changing? Requirements for more safety, transparency and better decision-making, point towards the need for new developments in software management systems. What will be the focus of software development? This white paper discusses these issues and presents Ulysses news.

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Maritime Education: Rises To The Challenge By Robert C. Spicer(The Maritime Executive, Aug 10, p.40) - Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Today's mariners are influnced far more by rapid changes in regulations and the rise of instant communications than they are by the force of the sea upon which they sail. New environmental laws, changing technology, management of diverse cultures, computer program competency, and human resource compliance are some of the many challenges that demand levels of knowledge and skill greater than previously required.
The modern mariner must be technically skilled and a competent business manager to boot.

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Knowing your ship and the people running it (Tanker Operator, June 2010, p.2) - Wednesday, June 02, 2010

“Can you really inspect a vessel’s machinery on a routine visit”? Asked those bright people at Ulysses Systems recently.

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Knowing your ship and the people running it. The importance of corporate memory - Friday, May 14, 2010

Imagine going onboard a vessel on a typical superintendent visit. During your stay you need to make an assessment of the vessel and you have the relevant assessment forms to fill…

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Το παρόν και το μέλλον στη διαχείριση πλοίων. Ο ρόλος του software (EFOPLISTIS, March 2010, p50) - Friday, March 26, 2010

Περίπου δώδεκα χρόνια μετά την εφαρμογή του ISM Code και τη χρήση πολλαπλών παρεμφερών λογισμικών διαχείρισης, πόσο έχει αλλάξει η νοοτροπία της ναυτιλιακής βιομηχανίας ως προς τη διαχείριση πλοίων; Τι, τελικά, έφερε η συμμόρφωση με τον ISM Code; Μεγαλύτερη ασφάλεια, περισσότερη διαφάνεια, αλλαγή στο σύστημα ή στην ιεραρχία αποφάσεων; Ο κ. Δημήτρης Λύρας, ιδρυτής της Ulysses Systems, η οποία παίζει πρωτοποριακό και πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο στον τομέα αυτό, απαντά σε όλα αυτά τα ερωτήματα, αναλύοντας το παρόν και εξετάζοντας το μέλλον της διαχείρισης πλοίων και την εξέλιξη του software

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Ulysses Systems Task Assistant has been succeeded in saving costs (ELNAVI, Feb 2010, p.48-49) - Wednesday, February 03, 2010

2009 was a successful year for Ulysses Systems seeing the addition of new companies Navigia Shipmangement BV (The Netherlands), Ceres LNG Management (Greece), Miverva Maritime S.A (Greece), Northern Marine Management Deutschland Gmbh & Co (Germany), Orion Bulkers Gmbh & Co. Kg (Germany),Graneis Do Brasil Maritima (Brazil), Omega Management Inc. (Greece), J.G Roussos Shipping S.A (Greece) as Ulysses clients. Task Assistant has proved that it succeeds in saving costs, as attested to by major ship-owners and ship managers who have no tolerance for money spent on productivity tools that do not work.

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EXMAR’s Approach to Maritime ICT in Crisis Times. Opportunity or Disaster (E.Outlook, Dec 2009, p36) - Saturday, January 30, 2010

The main opportunity for ICT is to be a business enabler; since only reliable, good managed vessels will in crisis times get cargo – and this is exactly what EXMAR wants.

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Turning crisis to opportunity at Exmar (Digital Ship, Jan-Feb 2010, p 18-19) - Friday, January 22, 2010

‘Do less with more’ – IT managers across the maritime industry may be familiar with slogans similar to this one, as budgets are slashed and costs cut. Christophe Vanneste and Ivan Renette, Exmar Shipmanagement, told Digital Ship about how they turned this ‘mission impossible’ into IT opportunity

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Enhanced Hyundai Mipo tanker design enters service (Tanker Operator, Nov/Dec 2009, p.48-49) - Thursday, December 24, 2009

HMD’s standard chemical/product tanker designs were ordered with enhanced equipment for speed of turnaround. Ulysses Task Assistant has being installed in these modern vessels that are being delivered by Offen.

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Το Task Assistant αποτελεί βιώσιμη λύση για την μείωση εξόδων (EFOPLISTIS, December 09, p.88) - Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Παρά την μεγάλη κρίση στην ναυτιλικαή βιομηχανία, η Ulysses Systems, κατάφερε να αυξήσει σημαντικά το πελατολόγιό της. Με αυτό τον τρόπο απέδειξε ότι πολλές ναυτιλιακές αναγνωρίζουν το σημαντικό ρόλο που μπορεί να παίξει το λογισμικό Task Assistant στην μείωση των λειτουργικών εξόδων.

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Ulysses Systems succeeds in acquiring new customers (ELNABI, December 2009, p.114) - Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The addition this year of new clients Navigia Shipmanagement BV (The Netherlands), Ceres LNG Management (Greece), Minerva Maritime S.A (Greece), including Northern Marine Management (Deutschland) Gmbh & Co (Germany), Orion Bulkers Gmbh & Co. Kg (Germany), Graneis Do Brasil Maritima (Brazil) and Omega Management Inc. (Greece) has coincided with a climb in crew wages of 24%, nearly double that of the year before.

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Digital Ship Athens 2009 (ELNABI, December 2009, p.104) - Monday, December 21, 2009

As it is known satellite communications & Information technology are of great importance for the effective and quality operation of shipping companies.
Digital Ship organized this year its conference to inform the IT executives of Greek shipping companies of the new products and services in this significant sector.

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Ulysses Systems chalks up customers (Cyprus Shipmanagement Alert, Vol 3, No 38, 13 November 2009) - Monday, November 16, 2009

This year, the company has added new clients to its client rostrum. Managers should expect savings in the order of US$90,000 per vessel per year purely from minimising information gaps, the company notes.

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Ulysses claims success in cutting costs (Hellenic Shipping News Newsletter, November 07 2009) - Monday, November 09, 2009

Thus far this year, Ulysses Systems has added tanker and gas specialists Ceres LNG Management, Minerva Maritime and Omega Management among others to its customer base. This expansion of its client database has coincided with a hike in crew wages of around 24%, nearly double that of the year before, the company said.

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Ulysses claims success in cutting costs (Tanker Operator, November 6, 2009) - Friday, November 06, 2009

Thus far this year, Ulysses Systems has added tanker and gas specialists Ceres LNG Management, Minerva Maritime and Omega Management among others to its customer base.

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In times of austerity Ulysses Systems succeeds in acquiring new customers - Monday, November 02, 2009

LONDON 02 November 2009: The addition this year of new clients Navigia Shipmanagement BV (The Netherlands), Ceres LNG Management (Greece), Minerva Maritime S.A (Greece), including Northern Marine Management (Deutschland) Gmbh & Co (Germany), Orion Bulkers Gmbh & Co. Kg (Germany), Graneis Do Brasil Maritima (Brazil) and Omega Management Inc. (Greece) has coincided with a climb in crew wages of 24%, nearly double that of the year before.

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Ulysses Systems: New customers in difficult times (Economic Outlook, October 2009, p.17) - Sunday, November 01, 2009

The addition this year of new clients Navigia Shipmanagement BV (The Netherlands), Ceres LNG Management (Greece), Minerva Maritime S.A (Greece), including Northern Marine Management (Deutschland) Gmbh & Co (Germany), Orion Bulkers Gmbh & Co. Kg (Germany), Graneis Do Brasil Maritima (Brazil) and Omega Management Inc. (Greece) has coincided with a climb in crew wages of 24%, nearly double that of the year before.

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Chemical/product tankers at the vanguard of German investments (Tanker Operator, Oct 2009,p.16) - Monday, October 19, 2009

In this Abstract from the article “Chemical/product tankers at the vanguard of German investments” Offen Tanker' s head Stephan Polomsky explains the benefits gained by using Task Assistant.

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Proper information management helps to avoid inconsistencies during inspections - Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Indexing a report for its relevance to company processes, in the interest of showing that the company processes are well-taken care of, should strictly be a by-product of what officers and managers perceive as their primary work. Any extra work is bureaucracy.

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Proper information management helps to avoid inconsistencies during inspections - Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Indexing a report for its relevance to company processes, in the interest of showing that the company processes are well-taken care of, should strictly be a by-product of what officers and managers perceive as their primary work. Any extra work is bureaucracy.

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Categorising data -the real problem (Tanker Operator, Aug/Sep 2009, page 24-25) - Monday, August 31, 2009

In the information age, data is abundant and statistics are everywhere. But why don’t they help us make decisions better? Why do we keep blaming the data?

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Crew management should not be considered in isolation (MEC- Aug /Sep 2009, p.49-50) - Sunday, August 30, 2009

In a depressed market, as we are experiencing today, the strategic benefits of a well-implemented crew management system are equal to - if not more important than - reduction in administrative workload.But some crew member records, such as assessments, are not purely administrative. An assessment represents a critical part of an organisation's management and often takes into account day-to-day activities and other performance metrics.Therefore should be viewed both as part of the quality management system and as part of crew record keeping.

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Why You Need Shipping Software for Shipping (Digital Ship, Aug/Sep 2009, p. 23) - Saturday, August 29, 2009

In life there are few technologies that can really provide everything you ever wanted – and in shipping this is usually no different. Is it possible to have a one-size fits all approach that covers everyone’s needs?

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Aligning efficiencies is more than just cost control, by Felicity Landon (SMI, July/ Aug 2009, p.54) - Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The significant contribution that IT can make in avoiding errors is based on sharing experience and implementing practices refined by experience. IT should apply predictability and continuous improvement to management operations. People often do not remember the right experience at the right time unless they have practiced for years. After a black out, a duty engineer will rarely check the oil before starting another generator. Technology that understands shipping procedures can help with that. The process of being reminded about what to do or about what has happened in the past at the right time, is rarely well thought-out. The right reminder at the right time is essential to efficient operation.

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The marine industry does not only need to manage statistics. The statistics need to make sense too. - Wednesday, July 01, 2009

In the information age, the information collection problem having been solved, what we now need is to solve the information categorization problem. Never was this more relevant than today when the obstacle of access to information is behind us.

At Ulysses we have built a model within our software that makes it easy to apply the right categories to data without burdening the user with huge lists of potentially relevant criteria that take more time to record than it is worth.

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Why You Need Shipping Software for Shipping and Dry-Cleaning Software for Dry-Cleaning - Monday, June 01, 2009

The introduction of software must improve efficiency of process and human performance. Most software applications do not distinguish who is the appropriate user for each feature or process stage. This makes them hard to use because all users wade through all the features until they find the ones meant for them. A well-designed product like Task Assistant which has easy to use and easy to understand configuration means that it can be operated to a very extensive degree by non IT specialist client personnel. Doing this work without reliance on vendors is a tremendous logistic aid to the success of software.

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Usability is the secret to common sense software (MEC, April/May 2009, p.60-61) - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Performance support software in a business is supposed to increase each person’s awareness to the extent needed for him or her to perform optimally and make the best decisions. The kind of support required in the maritime industry ranges from decisions to enter a port in fog, to planning a repair and to buying spares.
A key reason for scepticism about information management solutions stems from usability, or lack thereof, and the difficulty in measuring it, argues Dimitris Lyras.

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How important is monitoring via software in a downturn? (Tanker Operator, April 2009, p.30) - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Anyone who has read management books has probably heard about how leading companies manage information in order to accelerate decision-making, preparation, efficiency etc
A low stock market and a low charter market are environments when good theory is found interesting but rarely adopted. In such an environment, why pay now for something hopefully attainable later, when the company is barely overcoming costs today?
Information technology can significantly support decision making and assist in improving processes in shipping so as to make a company operate better than its competitors, especially during a low market period. 

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Information management in a downturn (Digital ship, April 2009, p. 20-21) - Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Is monitoring via software more or less important for shipping company when the market is low and the global economyis suffering? Improved efficiency through the availability of better information and data can be a key element in improving performance and lowering costs, writes Panteleimon Pantelis, director, Ulysses Systems

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Usability in enterprise software by Dimitris Lyras (Economic Outlook, February 2009, p. 8-9) - Monday, March 30, 2009

Performance support software in management is meant to increase each person's awareness in a business to the extent needed for him or her to perform optimally and make optimum decisions. Software is the most complex tool we use, so usability can become the primary issue in software.

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Omega and Northern Marine opt for Ulysses (Tanker Operator Newsletter, 27 March 2009) - Friday, March 27, 2009

Software designer Ulysses Systems has added several shipping companies, including Northern Marine Management (Deutschland) and tanker manager Omega Management, to its client portfolio recently.

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Ulysses expands its client list, helping companies to better monitor their operations - Thursday, March 26, 2009

LONDON 26 Mar 2009: With the addition of new clients including Graneis Do Brasil Maritima (Brazil), Orion Bulkers Gmbh & Co. Kg (Germany), Northern Marine Management (Deutschland) Gmbh & Co (Germany), and Omega Management Inc. (Greece), Ulysses' Task Assistant has proven itself as a vital tool for streamlining information and minimizing excessive user burdens.

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Age is no barrier to high performance (Lloyd's Register, BC Focus, Issue 5 Feb 2009, p.14-18) - Friday, March 20, 2009

Superintendents, surveyors, continuity and a planned approach to maintenance have helped ensure that the 1983 Sunderland built bulk carrier ‘George Lyras’ successfully completed its fifth special survey in December. Many ships pass their fifth special survey but after 25 years of classification the Lloyd’s Register classed George Lyras did more than pass. ‘The ship is in excellent condition. She competes in the same market place as new ships,’ said Lyras Shipping Director, Dimitris Lyras.

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Usability in enterprise software: The importance and the obstacles we need to overcome - Sunday, March 01, 2009

Performance support software in management is meant to increase each person’s awareness in a business to the extent needed for him or her to perform optimally and make optimum decisions. The kind of support we are discussing in the maritime industry ranges from decisions to enter a port in fog to planning a repair to buying spares.

We need the performance support aspect to justify the outlay (beyond compliance) and connect to the financial controller.

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Ulysses Systems appoints new clients on Task Assistant (ELNAVI, February 2009, p.86-87) - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

With the addition of new clients, such as Granis du Brazil and others that will be announced shortly in Greece and elsewhere, Ulysses'  Task Assistant is rapidly gaining recognition as a vital tool for streamlining information and minimizing excessive user burdens. With its focus on "Usability," Task Assistant helps achieve understanding and coordination through the use of a Human Interaction Management System. By providing correct information to users in a timely and instinctive manner, crews can efficiently and safely carry out tasks at each stage of a process.

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Is monitoring via software more or less important in a low market? (Ship. I.M.R, Jan 2009, p.29-30) - Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Panteleimon Pantelis Director of Ulysses Systems discusses how maritime applications must be converted into tools that are actually used for the recording of information by adding significant enhancements to their usability and convenience. The vital factor to achieve this is to design a software that follows common sense.

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Ulysses and Orca programmed for Japanese software growth (Lloyd’s List , 10 February 2009, p.6) - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ulysses Systems, the London-based software house that specialises in shipping, has forged a partnership with Orca of Tokyo to expand sales and boost its service to clients in the Japanese market, writes Nigel Lowry.

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Ulysses Systems forge partnership with Orca, Japan (Cyprus Shipmanagement Alert Weekly, 06Feb09,p.3) - Friday, February 06, 2009

As of early January 2009, Ulysses Systems and Orca Company of Japan have further enhanced their partnership by combining their current resources and relocating to the Orca office.

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Ulysses consolidates in Japan (Tanker Operator Newsletter, Jan 30 2009) - Friday, January 30, 2009

Ulysses Systems has further enhanced its partnership with Japanese IT specialist Orca.

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Ulysses and Orca join forces (Digital Ship Newsletter, Jan 30 2009) - Friday, January 30, 2009

Ulysses Systems and Orca Company of Japan have announced that they will be extending their partnership in the region by combining their current resources and relocating some Ulysses operations to Orca’s offices.

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Ulysses Systems Announces Partnership with Orca Co., LTD in Japan - Tuesday, January 27, 2009

LONDON 27 January 2009: Ulysses Systems is pleased to announce that as of early January 2009, Ulysses Systems and Orca Company of Japan will be further enhancing their partnership by combining their current resources and relocating to the Orca office.

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Is monitoring via software more or less important in a low market? - Monday, December 01, 2008

A low stock market and a low charter market are environments when good theory is found interesting but rarely adopted. In such an environment, why pay now for something hopefully attainable later, when the company is barely overcoming costs today?

In the shipping business, an information-centric organisation could be described as one that pays a lot of attention to how information is internally distributed and disseminated, an organisation that distributes information to the right person at the right time, without spending tremendous conscious effort achieving this.

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WORLD USABILITY DAY 2008 - Usability in enterprise Software - Wednesday, November 05, 2008

LONDON 05 November 2008: The University Research Institute of Applied Communication and the New Technologies Laboratory in Communication, Education and the Mass Media of the University of Athens will host a series of events between 10 and 14 of November 2008 to commemorate World Usability Day. Events will include: conferences, workshops, case studies, publications, instructions, good practices, dissemination of conclusions, etc.
These events will cover the whole range of Usability and Accessibility issues in the context of Transportation, the theme of World Usability Day 2008.
Mr. Dimitri Lyras (Managing Director, Lyras Shipping and Advisor to the Board of Directors of Ulysses Systems) will be in attendance to present a speech titled:

"Usability in Enterprise Software"
It's about people and how they have been thinking and collaborating for hundreds of thousands of years.

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User friendly system continuously enhanced (Tanker operator, August September 2008, p. 38-39) - Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Leading software developer Ulysses Systems has continued to develop its fully integrated system – Task Assistant - for both shipboard and shoreside use.

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Buying the right software (Digital Ship, September 2008, p.28) - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Purchasing a software system for any company can be an expensive business, and has potentially disastrous consequences if a poor choice is made. Having a well thought-out procedure is the first step in conquering the Everest of IT selection, writes Martin Nygate, Ulysses Systems.

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How to use software to run a shipping company properly - Monday, September 01, 2008

Insurance records show the same errors being made on ships again and again: anchor losses, collisions, groundings, machinery damage and so on. Commercial losses are also often repeated: lost charters, frustrated sales, damaged reputations, etc.

There are few new and interesting problems. Shipping doesn’t change much. However, collisions and machinery damage occurs more frequently in inexperienced companies. Why do they occur more frequently in companies with inexperienced supervisors or disjointed management? Clearly, management practices affect risk.

How can technology help?

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Knowledge management can reduce risk and save money (ME, August/September 2008, p.32) - Thursday, August 28, 2008

Applied in the right way, a knowledge management system can help reduce risk and avoid inefficiency, writes Dimitris Lyras.

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How to Buy The Right Software for My Company - and Myself! PART 2 - Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The successful selection process of software is as different from the established and conventional process of purchasing goods as to merit new and different ways of thinking. With a sensible and relevant procedure in place, we can avoid the pitfalls experienced by many companies and have confidence in buying the right software for your company - and yourself.

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Why should collaboration be held back by people? (Digital Energy Journal, Jun/Jul 2008, p.18-20) - Monday, June 23, 2008

The oil and gas industry frequently complains that its efforts to introduce collaborative working tools a being held back by people. Is something going wrong here? By Dimitris Lyras

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Efficiency- enhancing software at Ulysses (Seatrade, June/July 2008, p.133) - Monday, June 09, 2008

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.

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How to Buy The Right Software for My Company - and Myself! PART 1 - Sunday, June 01, 2008

Software investment is driven by various drivers, both internal and external. Regulatory pressures, transparency, access to strategic information, and even the simple desire to align your company with your industry which has already invested in a software solution.
So how do I make sure that I buy the right software for my company?

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Better methods for filing reports are needed( MEC, April/May 2008, page 14) - Tuesday, April 29, 2008

An effective software-based reporting methodology should eliminate unnecessary paperwork while allowing an operator to demonstrate competence, argues Mr. Dimitri Lyras

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Knowledge Management Reduces Risk in Shipping - Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Alerting people about potential disasters related to things they are doing at the moment, because others are doing conflicting things at the same moment, is a seriously important idea.
People have been managing risk for ages. Risk management is not a science. It is a process and smart software can enormously improve this process.

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Task Management tool offers timely reminders (MEC, Feb/Mar 2008, p.18) - Wednesday, February 27, 2008

As crews are required to memkorise increasing volumes of safety and procedural information, an innovative software tool aims to tell personnel what they need to know when they need it.

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The Superintendent Blues, or should we say, the superintendent’s Grays? (SIMR, Jan 2008, p. 33-34) - Monday, February 18, 2008

Superintendents are not exactly free from preoccupations, or of the fear of omissions that might prove critical. However a well thought out solution to the problem, such as Task Assistant, helps portray a company in the best light without adding needless bureaucracy. Ulysses Systems target is to use information to support human performance and demonstrable competence without building bureaucracy

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Learning to anticipate (Ship Management International, January/ February 2008, p 26-31) - Friday, February 08, 2008

Given the volatile and quick moving nature of the shipping industry, owners and managers are constantly seeking ways to improve the way they operate their ships and move their cargo. Since one of the keys to any successful operation is timely coordination between the shipping company’s office and the vessel, finding ways to communicate effectively and speedily is crucial. Or so say the experts.

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Eliminating bureaucracy while demonstrating competence - Friday, February 01, 2008

Information extracted for co-ordination purposes should be a byproduct of what the stakeholders perceive as their primary work. Any extra work to inform others is bureaucracy. Moreover, information delivered for co-ordination purposes must be delivered in an easy to understand manner and at the time of need to right people.

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Roger Schank: I like to study people instead of machines (Economic Outlook, November 2007, p. 14) - Friday, December 07, 2007

Machines are getting better and smarter and by smarter it means operating more like humans. For his new pioneer project, Professor Schank tells Outlook that what he does is based on a simple practice applied to humans by sharing your experience with your colleagues and with fellow men and learning by doing so.

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Roger Schank: I like to study people instead of machines (Economic Outlook, November 2007, p. 14) - Friday, December 07, 2007

Machines are getting better and smarter and by smarter it means operating more like humans. For his new pioneer project, Professor Schank tells Outlook that what he does is based on a simple practice applied to humans by sharing your experience with your colleagues and with fellow men and learning by doing so.

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Lessons learned - Implementing a PMS (Digital Ship, Dec 2007, p. 18) - Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Exmar Shipmanagement knew that it needed a new planned maintenance system, but problems with previous software installations meant that a new approach was necessary. Digital Ship spoke to René Jungbluth, technical director with Exmar, about the company’s approach to this PMS project

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Lessons learned - Implementing a PMS (Digital Ship, Dec 2007, p. 18) - Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Exmar Shipmanagement knew that it needed a new planned maintenance system, but problems with previous software installations meant that a new approach was necessary. Digital Ship spoke to René Jungbluth, technical director with Exmar, about the company’s approach to this PMS project

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TANKER Operator’s Singapore TMSA Conference (Tanker Operator, Nov Dec 2007, p.50) - Monday, December 03, 2007

Commitment or compliance, lack of consistency in oil major treatment,and confusing wording - some of the issues which arose in TANKEROperator’s TMSA conference held during Digital Ship Singapore in September. Tanker company safety managers and oil majors both agree that you should not try tocomply with TMSA. "Oil majors are looking for commitment, not just compliance," said Captain Dinesh Pradhan, marine manager, Teekay Singapore. "You have to show them the commitment is there." "TMSA is a guide, a standard, a tool and most importantly an opportunity. You can better your organisation. If we have the attitude, we have no choice – we have to do it, then we are just making trouble for ourselves."

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TANKER Operator’s Singapore TMSA Conference (Tanker Operator, Nov Dec 2007, p.50) - Monday, December 03, 2007

Commitment or compliance, lack of consistency in oil major treatment,and confusing wording - some of the issues which arose in TANKEROperator’s TMSA conference held during Digital Ship Singapore in September. Tanker company safety managers and oil majors both agree that you should not try tocomply with TMSA. "Oil majors are looking for commitment, not just compliance," said Captain Dinesh Pradhan, marine manager, Teekay Singapore. "You have to show them the commitment is there." "TMSA is a guide, a standard, a tool and most importantly an opportunity. You can better your organisation. If we have the attitude, we have no choice – we have to do it, then we are just making trouble for ourselves."

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The Superintendent Blues, or should we say, the superintendent's Grays? - Saturday, December 01, 2007

In the last 12 years, a lot of things have changed! Vetting, TMSA, port state audits with teeth, pre-approved dry-dock plans, new building plan approvals, software system project management, fuel management, emissions!  So is there any way to improve the superintendent’s colour from gray to something healthier looking?
How Task Assistant, helps portray a company in the best light without adding needless bureaucracy?

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Ulysses streamlines software updates (Digital Ship, June- July 2007, p.34) - Friday, July 20, 2007

Maritime software company Ulysses Systems is improving its software updating process, so users can do more updating by satellite instead of by CD.

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Shipboard management systems -The software that manages safety (Safety at Sea Internation, 05/07/07) - Thursday, July 05, 2007

Regulations and port controls are placing an ever-heavier burden of administration on crews. For many crew members, this type of work seems far removed from the practical seafaring that is their first love, and the time needed to complete such ''office'' tasks is often resented as a distraction from their ''proper job''.

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How do we reconcile a Blame Culture with a Continuous improvement culture at the same time? - Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Today we are still living in a blame culture in the maritime industry. In the case of Port States, this is getting worse. So how do we manage internal controls and continuous improvement under this conflict between blame culture and continuous improvement culture?

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TANKEROperator in Dubai - Report (Tanker Operator, June 2007, p.57-60) - Sunday, June 24, 2007

TANKER Operator's one day conference in Dubai on 18th April, with speakers from Emarat Maritime, NYK Line, Mid East Shipmanagement, Vela, Oasis Maritime,International Tanker Management (ITM) and ABS, was the scene of much lively discussion about how the tanker industry is evolving. Karl Jeffery reports.

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User convenience and the protection against liabilities - Thursday, May 31, 2007

There is no doubt that if you are concentrating on one area intensely something may slip by in another. But our industry is not very forgiving. Minor overlooked items can affect terminal relationships and immediately affect clearances for future business. Worse still, an improperly managed defect discovered by the coast guard can begin a long and expensive process with the coast guard.
Can you rely on people to consciously look for these warnings, to know that any warnings exist to begin with, or even to know the appropriate document titles?

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FleetBroadband vs. VSAT -the future of satcom (Digital Ship, March 2007, p.4-11) - Thursday, May 31, 2007

Dimitris Lyras, chairman of Lyras hipping, spoke about the effects of technology on productivity in the ship management sector, and how to prioritise the technology needs within an organisation.

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Tanker Operator TMSA conference (Digital Ship, March 2007, p.14-15) - Thursday, May 31, 2007

THE ADVENT OF TMSA has fuelled a huge amount of debate about what it means to be a ''quality vessel operator''. Dimitris Lyras, director, Lyras Shipping, and chairman of the Tanker Operator TMSA conference, explained to the audience how he has noted a gradual change in attitudes to the initiative over the past two years.

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TANKEROperator in Dubai (Tanker Operator, April 2007, p.15) - Friday, May 18, 2007

The second in our series of one-day tanker conferences takes place in Dubai on 18th April. Under the title of ''Evolution in Tanker Operations'', this full-day conference will take place at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, chaired as usual by Lyras Shipping director Dimitris Lyras.

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Is planned maintenance just for compliance? (Tanker Operator, April 2007, p.2) - Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A planned maintenance system has lately been seen as a system to satisfy TMSA. Some companies have for a long time believed it is way to maintain information and know-how and to present it to interested parties at the time of need. But just as many have never believed it, says Ulysses Systems.

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OSG's IT for tanker safety (Digital ship, Jan-Feb 2007, p.1-4) - Thursday, March 15, 2007

OSG's IT for tanker safety (Digital ship, Jan-Feb 2007, p.1-4) Capt. Panos Hatzikyriakos, head of safety, quality and environment with Greek tanker giant OSG, talked about some of the IT systems OSG uses at Tanker Operator's recent TMSA conference in Athens, that chaired by Mr. Dimitris Lyras and sponsored by Ulysses Systems

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Are common insured marine process failures easy to avoid? - Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The benefits arising from the adoption of a well-written planned maintenance system can be divided in two categories: those of efficiency and those of prevention. Like any good solution it must either increase efficiency of the people involved or improve a process.

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Constantinos Tomasos: Achieving Long Term Benefits (Elnabi, Feb 2007, p.34) - Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The managing director of Tomasos Brothers, Mr. Constantinos Tomasos gave to ELNABI some aspects regarding the user perspective

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Constantinos Tomasos: Achieving Long Term Benefits (Elnabi, Feb 2007, p.34) - Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The managing director of Tomasos Brothers, Mr. Constantinos Tomasos gave to ELNABI some aspects regarding the user perspective

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Software helps in TMSA by making management of information easier(Elnabi,Feb2007,p.32-34) - Tuesday, February 20, 2007

There is no difference between TMSA and any good management practice. For the software producer the challenge is to achieve maximum time saving in achieving awareness, with minimum user preoccupation in system understanding and system management. System preoccupation obstructs focus on the business issues

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System addicts?(Ship Management International, Issue 5, Jan /Feb 2007, p 88-91) - Thursday, February 15, 2007

The naysayers claimed that ship management systems would struggle to take off, but a glimpse at the maritime sector shows growing adoption of such organisational tools. But despite the advantages, how badly do all managers really need them?

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System addicts?(Ship Management International, Issue 5, Jan /Feb 2007, p 88-91) - Thursday, February 15, 2007

The naysayers claimed that ship management systems would struggle to take off, but a glimpse at the maritime sector shows growing adoption of such organisational tools. But despite the advantages, how badly do all managers really need them?

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Simplicity the key to management software(Cyprus Shipmanagement Alert- Special ICT Report- IT&Com/s) - Thursday, February 15, 2007

As software solutions become more intelligent, simplicity for end-users and safe transfer of data become important. A select number of ICT providers contacted by Cyprus Shipmanagement Alert give their perspective on the maritime industry, showcasing options and identifying industry trends. They are PrimeTel, the alternative network solution operator, and software development houses Ms Logistik Systeme, SOFTimpact, Ulysses Systems and World-Link Communications.

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Simplicity the key to management software(Cyprus Shipmanagement Alert- Special ICT Report- IT&Com/s) - Thursday, February 15, 2007

As software solutions become more intelligent, simplicity for end-users and safe transfer of data become important. A select number of ICT providers contacted by Cyprus Shipmanagement Alert give their perspective on the maritime industry, showcasing options and identifying industry trends. They are PrimeTel, the alternative network solution operator, and software development houses Ms Logistik Systeme, SOFTimpact, Ulysses Systems and World-Link Communications.

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Is Document Management the same in all industries? - Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Conventional document management systems and corporate portals were never designed as support tools to enhance peoples’ performance in the organization. They were designed to overcome the distance and logistics of controlling documents and the password, access obstacles for many different systems in large organisations.
To support users in promoting consistency and continuous improvement, document management systems and corporate portals will need to be fitted with rich enterprise models tailored to each industry through intense modelling of the knowledge structures within each industry.

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Extra Work...or managed properly? (Economic Outlook, December 2006, p. 36) - Friday, December 22, 2006

When did you last see a colleague look down in a meeting and read e-mails from his handheld PDA phone instead of carefully listening to what was being said in the meeting? Probably very recently. This all-too-common scenario demonstrates an important reality; what is the lesson learnt? The widespread use of e-mail today confirms that Information Technology is vital to efficient coordination. The proper management of information can therefore save the company time and money. In an interview to Outlook, Panteleimon Pantelis, Service Director of Ulysses Systems, explains in a simple and comprehensible manner- just like Ulysses' programs- and tangibly, we would say, how a company can benefit from the use of professional software

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Looking for the optimum communication and software solution- DS & AMMITEC (ELNABI, Nov 2006, p.116) - Thursday, December 14, 2006

The development of satellite and software services has been extremely increased during the last few years in the Greek shipping industry. This year's Digital Ship in Athens gave the opportunity to shipping IT executives to examine all these new progresses. The seminar opened Mr. Nikitas Nikitakos president of AMMITEC.

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Effective information management saves money - Thursday, November 30, 2006

User convenience is the key to effective information management and significantly reduced operational costs. Systems must have the capacity to organize all relevant data, but as the marine industry has demonstrated time and time again, people cannot be coerced into reporting, or learning how to use a new system. Anyone can speak to the advantages of his software, but the bottom line is how the software performs in the field. Ulysses remains on the cutting edge of user-friendly software, as TA continues to lay the groundwork for better enterprise results.

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Making software more user-friendly - an abstract (Digital Ship, November 2006, p.20) - Monday, November 27, 2006

Digital Ship held a one-day conference during the SMM trade show in Hamburg, to discuss utilizes technology to create a higher level of usability in shipboard systems. Panteleimon Pantelis, services director, Ulysses Systems, spoke about his company's approach to making software more user-friendly.

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Making Marine Software Easy to Use Don't Go Superficial ( Digital ship, October 2006, p.16) - Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Farzin Karma, managing director Asia Pacific Ulysses Systems, gave a presentation examining how we can make software more user friendly for today's seafarers.

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TMSA discussed at length (Tanker Operator, September 2006, p.26-31) - Tuesday, October 17, 2006

TANKEROperator organised another in its successful series of conferences about the Tanker Management Self Assessment (TMSA) code, produced by oil majors as a means of encouraging shipping companies to continually improve their management systems. The latest conference was held recently in Singapore. The following are a few extracts from the conference where they directly apply to shipmanagement. Ulysses Systems was the main sponsor of the event. Mr. Dimitri Lyras advisor to the board of directors of Ulysses, was the chairman of the conference.

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How often do you need meetings mentoring and discussion to avoid everyday shipping risk? - Saturday, October 07, 2006

There are so many concurrent risks at each stage of operation for a shipping fleet that even frequent meetings with the most experienced personnel there to guide newer employees, is not sufficient to ensure that reminders are given for all proximate risks.

How can the Task Assistant can help?

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Why are documented procedures and checklists not the solution to avoiding problems - Monday, September 18, 2006

Effective documents require: Appropriate Content, Timeliness, Awareness of the forms.
How realistic or rational is it to expect people to remember the right form if there are different checklists for each cargo/voyage?
In reality, the storage, retrieval, and delivery of documents is only a small aspect of the success of using documents.
What else do we really need?
Is Task Orientation a solution in knowledge management?

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Does Knowledge Management Equal Power?By Neville Smith (ECDIS Today-Talking navigation, ISSUE SEVEN) - Friday, September 15, 2006

Is knowledge management a powerful tool for improving quality shipping operations or just another IT-driven buzzword? Neville Smith investigates.

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Ulysses Systems reported 6 new clients (Digital Ship, Aug 2006, p.11) - Sunday, August 20, 2006

Ulysses Systems has reported 6 new clients

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Ulysses Systems reported 6 new clients (Digital Ship, Aug 2006, p.11) - Sunday, August 20, 2006

Ulysses Systems has reported 6 new clients

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Ulysses seven quarters of growth (Digital Ship, Aug 2006, p.15) - Sunday, August 20, 2006

Maritime software company Ulysses Systems has experienced seven consecutive quarters of sales growth and expects 2006 sales to be three times 2005 sales. We talked to VP sales and marketing Martin Nygate

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Structuring oil and gas information (Digital Energy Journal, Feature Articles, 08 Aug 2006) - Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Ulysses Systems makes systems which structure information and co-ordinate activities in the oil tanker industry, both on ship and shore. Could the concept work in the oil and gas industry?

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New Clients for Ulysses (ELNAVI, Jul-Aug 2006, p.154) - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Task Assistant is rapidly gaining recognition as a vital tool for streamlining information and minimizing excessive user burdens. With its focus on "Usability," Task Assistant helps achieve understanding and coordination through the use of a Human Interaction Management System.

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New Clients for Ulysses (ELNAVI, Jul-Aug 2006, p.154) - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Task Assistant is rapidly gaining recognition as a vital tool for streamlining information and minimizing excessive user burdens. With its focus on "Usability," Task Assistant helps achieve understanding and coordination through the use of a Human Interaction Management System.

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Ulysses Systems- Task Assistant's 'Usability' attracts six new clients (NAFS, Aug 2006, p.82) - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Task Assistant is rapidly gaining recognition as a vital tool for streamlining information and minimizing excessive user burdens.

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Ulysses Systems- Task Assistant's 'Usability' attracts six new clients (NAFS, Aug 2006, p.82) - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Task Assistant is rapidly gaining recognition as a vital tool for streamlining information and minimizing excessive user burdens.

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User convenience: The key to effective information management - Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Effective information management is dependent primarily on perceived convenience. Information systems should assist people on board to make obscure information easy to find without preoccupying the user; to make reporting easy to understand and complete even under duress; to make written instructions clear and relevant to the task at hand; to ensure the expediency and accuracy of data transactions in light of stressful situations

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User convenience: The key to effective information management - Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Effective information management is dependent primarily on perceived convenience. Information systems should assist people on board to make obscure information easy to find without preoccupying the user; to make reporting easy to understand and complete even under duress; to make written instructions clear and relevant to the task at hand; to ensure the expediency and accuracy of data transactions in light of stressful situations

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Ulysses Systems -Τask Assistant GREEK VERSION (Efoplistis, Jul 04, 2006 p.79) - Tuesday, July 04, 2006

'Εξι νέους πελάτες απόκτησε πρόσφατα η Ulysses κερδίζοντας όλο και περισσότερο τόσο την ελληνική όσο και τη διεθνή αναγνώριση.

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Ulysses Systems -Τask Assistant GREEK VERSION (Efoplistis, Jul 04, 2006 p.79) - Tuesday, July 04, 2006

'Εξι νέους πελάτες απόκτησε πρόσφατα η Ulysses κερδίζοντας όλο και περισσότερο τόσο την ελληνική όσο και τη διεθνή αναγνώριση.

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How big will TMSA be? (Digital Ship, Jun-Jul 2006, p.3-12) - Monday, June 26, 2006

Full report from the TMSA in Tanker Operations conference in Singapore, organized by Tanker Operator, about the oil majors' new scheme to encourage risk management in tanker operations. The event was sponsored by Ulysses Systems and chaired by Mr. Dimitri Lyras Advisor to the Board of Directors of Ulysses Systems.

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The importance of familiarisation and the role it plays in minimising potential legal liability - Sunday, June 18, 2006

Conventional training methods do not guarantee memorization or familiarity with a company’s manuals or procedures. Instead, this incomplete training leads to situations wherein trainees have to repeat training onboard in the event of a change of the safety management system.
Even with detailed manuals, current training methods are not sufficient to ensure that users will successfully identify an interrelation between procedures if they are not linked to tasks. Consequently, these training methods do not guarantee correct prioritization at the point of decision making, which can lead to accidents and legal liabilities.
One should also keep in mind that manuals, which are more detailed, will result in longer training periods and greater training costs.

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The importance of familiarisation and the role it plays in minimising potential legal liability - Sunday, June 18, 2006

Conventional training methods do not guarantee memorization or familiarity with a company’s manuals or procedures. Instead, this incomplete training leads to situations wherein trainees have to repeat training onboard in the event of a change of the safety management system.
Even with detailed manuals, current training methods are not sufficient to ensure that users will successfully identify an interrelation between procedures if they are not linked to tasks. Consequently, these training methods do not guarantee correct prioritization at the point of decision making, which can lead to accidents and legal liabilities.
One should also keep in mind that manuals, which are more detailed, will result in longer training periods and greater training costs.

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Task Assistant's usablity attracts six new clients - Wednesday, May 24, 2006

LONDON 24 May 2006: As shipping companies are faced with exponentially increasing regulation and instances of criminalization, the only way to handle the burden in an economically viable and efficient manner is excellent information management

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TMSA gives Ulysses a boost, (Lloyd's Ship Manager, Apr 2006, p.16) - Monday, May 15, 2006

Ulysses Systems claims to have experienced a significant upturn in interest in its electronic management platform since summer last year, a factor which Dimitri Lyras, advisor to Ulysses' board of directors, accredits to "people attempting to get to grips with the Tanker Management and Self-Assessment [TMSA] programme".

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Ulysses Systems: Software should work the way people do. (Economic Outlook, Apr 2006, p.16) - Friday, May 05, 2006

For the past 10 years, Ulysses Systems has been an industry leading software company providing technological business services to the marine industry based on advanced telecommunication and information. The vision of this independent company, supported by private investment, with offices in London, Piraeus, Singapore, India and the United States, is to design software systems that understand how human beings perceive and process information. In other words, software that works the way people do. Mr. Panteleimon Pantelis spoke about Ulysses Systems in Economic Outlook

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Demonstrating due diligence is the industry's challenge to avoid criminalisation - Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The most serious scrutiny and fines understandably address issues not pertaining to isolated crew errors, but rather significant omissions in the planning and execution of ship management.  Moreover, it has been the operator, instead of the owner, who has been more frequently targeted by authorities in recent incidents. A further consequence  is a substantial loss of credibility in the eyes of regulators and legislators. This reinforces the perception held by many governments that further regulation of the industry is a necessity.

Above all, the criminalisation of seafarers who have long relied on procedures and practices, which are no longer deemed acceptable by external shareholders, remains the most significant threat.

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Digital Ship Dubai- Software Report Farzin Karma, Ulysses Systems (Digital Ship, Apr 2006, p.10) - Friday, April 14, 2006

Farzin Karma, managing director, Ulysses Systems Singapore, during the Digital Ship Conference in Dubai spoke about the continuing increase in seafarer tasks, and the necessity of introducing better tools to assist them.

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TMSA helps Ulysses increase sales (Tanker Operator, Mar 2006, p.13) - Friday, March 31, 2006

Late last year, software house Ulysses Systems announced that Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading, Arcadia Ship Management, Aegean Bulk, Pioneer Tankers, New Asian Shipping, Orient Marine had signed up as clients.

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TMSA helps Ulysses increase sales (Tanker Operator, Mar 2006, p.13) - Friday, March 31, 2006

Late last year, software house Ulysses Systems announced that Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading, Arcadia Ship Management, Aegean Bulk, Pioneer Tankers, New Asian Shipping, Orient Marine had signed up as clients.

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Νέες συνεργασίες με ελλnνόκτητες ναυτιλιακές GREEK VERSION (Naftemporiki, 16 Mar 2006, p.14) - Thursday, March 16, 2006

ΤΗΝ ΕΜΠΙΣΤΟΣΥΝΗ της ελληνικής ναυτιλιακής κοινότητας κερδίζει διαρκώς n Ulysses Systems. Η εταιρεία, με τα συστήματα πληροφορικής που έχει αναπτύξει, βοηθά τις ναυτιλιακές εταιρείες να ξεπεράσουν όλα τα προβλήματα ηλεκτρονικής διαχείρισης και...

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Νέες συνεργασίες με ελλnνόκτητες ναυτιλιακές GREEK VERSION (Naftemporiki, 16 Mar 2006, p.14) - Thursday, March 16, 2006

ΤΗΝ ΕΜΠΙΣΤΟΣΥΝΗ της ελληνικής ναυτιλιακής κοινότητας κερδίζει διαρκώς n Ulysses Systems. Η εταιρεία, με τα συστήματα πληροφορικής που έχει αναπτύξει, βοηθά τις ναυτιλιακές εταιρείες να ξεπεράσουν όλα τα προβλήματα ηλεκτρονικής διαχείρισης και...

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TMSA Seminar:The idea of business excellence is introduced in shipping (ELNAVI, Feb 2006, p.46) - Monday, February 20, 2006

Tanker operator newspaper and Ulysses Systems organized an interesting and informative TMSA seminar.

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Monitoring shipboard management ashore (Fairplay Solutions, Feb 2006, p.16-18) - Monday, February 20, 2006

With affordable broadband connections looking likely to become a norm in a very near future, monitoring shipboard management real-time ashore should be as straightforward as clicking online.

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Positive feedback for program maker (Safety at Sea International, Feb 2006, p.31) - Monday, February 20, 2006

A good shipboard management system should save both time and money but, with so many systems to choose from, the process of identifying the right one for your company can be confusing and difficult.

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How to cope with ISM, ISPS and TMSA (Safety at Sea International, Feb 2006, p.29-30) - Monday, February 20, 2006

The stream of new regulations seems endless and each brings with it the need to make staff and seafarers aware of new requirements and enable them to manage their new responsibilities as well as their existing tasks.

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Don't get screwed υρ over paperwork (Safety at Sea International, Feb 2006, p.28-29) - Monday, February 20, 2006

When inviting a master to comment οn how his or her role has changed over the years you can almost guarantee that the number-one bone of contention will be the issue of increasing levels of paperwork.

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TMSA requires performance support tools. - Saturday, February 18, 2006

Recent discussions about TMSA have brought a variety of concerns to the surface. No doubt, training, risk management, crew retention, defects reporting, planned maintenance and other requirements are attracting attention. As with any management code, using existing company strengths and building on these is a practical way to start. To this end Ulysses has to make it clear to its customers in which part of the undertaking we are able to help.

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TMSA requires performance support tools. - Saturday, February 18, 2006

Recent discussions about TMSA have brought a variety of concerns to the surface. No doubt, training, risk management, crew retention, defects reporting, planned maintenance and other requirements are attracting attention. As with any management code, using existing company strengths and building on these is a practical way to start. To this end Ulysses has to make it clear to its customers in which part of the undertaking we are able to help.

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TMSA - strong support, new business process (Digital Ship, Jan-Feb 2006, p.11-12) - Friday, February 03, 2006

Speakers from NYK Shipmanagement, OSG, Athenian, Andriaki, Transocean and Seaworld Trading showed broad support for the oil companies'TMSA initiative, with some reservations; and estimated the additional costs at up to $70,000 per vessel per year...

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2nd Lloyd's List Awards (ELNABI, Jan 2006, p.90) - Friday, February 03, 2006

The prizes of Lloyd's List aim at honoring the best companies of the Greek shipping and, through them, our shipping the world's top power.

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Lloyd's List Awards-Τα βραβεία της ελληνικής ναυτιλίας GREEK VERSION(Economic Outlook, Jan 2006,p.5) - Friday, February 03, 2006

«Με πρόχειρους υπολογισμούς είναι μαζεμένοι εδώ εφοπλιστές με συνολικό κεφάλαιο 100 δισεκατομμυρίων δολαρίων το λιγότερο».Το σχόλιο ανήκει σε τραπεζίτη ο οποίος θαύμαζε και αυτός το θέαμα σε κεντρικό ξενοδοχείο της Αθήνας.

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Η Ulysses Systems αναπτύσσει Τask oriented συστήματα GREEK VERSION (ECONOMIC OUTLOOK Jan 2006, p.38) - Friday, February 03, 2006

Νέα ηχηρά ονόματα εταιριών προστέθηκαν στον κατάλογο πελατών της Ulysses Systems

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Η Ulysses Systems αναπτύσσει Τask oriented συστήματα GREEK VERSION (ECONOMIC OUTLOOK Jan 2006, p.38) - Friday, February 03, 2006

Νέα ηχηρά ονόματα εταιριών προστέθηκαν στον κατάλογο πελατών της Ulysses Systems

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TMSA contributing to increase in sales at ULYSSES SYSTEMS (ELNABI, Jan 2006, p.93) - Friday, February 03, 2006

Ulysses Systems announced that Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd, Arcadia Ship Management, Aegean Bulk Co. lnc. Pioneer Tankers, New Asian Shipping Co., Orient Marine Cο haνe joined their roster of clients

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TMSA contributing to increase in sales at ULYSSES SYSTEMS (ELNABI, Jan 2006, p.93) - Friday, February 03, 2006

Ulysses Systems announced that Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd, Arcadia Ship Management, Aegean Bulk Co. lnc. Pioneer Tankers, New Asian Shipping Co., Orient Marine Cο haνe joined their roster of clients

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Not waving, but drowning by Michael Grey (Lloyd's List, 09 Jan 2006) - Monday, January 09, 2006

Michael Grey expresses his views regarding the bureaucracy in shipping industry.

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Η Ulysses Systems Μετράει πάνω από 50 πελάτες GREEK VERSION (EFOPLISTIS, Jan 2006, p.92) - Sunday, January 08, 2006

Η Ulysses Systems που σήμερα μετρά περισσότερους από 50 πελάτες παγκοσμίως, ιδρύθηκε το 1996 με έδρα το Λονδίνο και έχει γραφεία στο Λονδίνο, τον Πειραιά, τη Σιγκαπούρη, τη Βομβάη και το Detroit των ΗΠΑ.

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Η Ulysses Systems Μετράει πάνω από 50 πελάτες GREEK VERSION (EFOPLISTIS, Jan 2006, p.92) - Sunday, January 08, 2006

Η Ulysses Systems που σήμερα μετρά περισσότερους από 50 πελάτες παγκοσμίως, ιδρύθηκε το 1996 με έδρα το Λονδίνο και έχει γραφεία στο Λονδίνο, τον Πειραιά, τη Σιγκαπούρη, τη Βομβάη και το Detroit των ΗΠΑ.

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Το TMSA συμβάλλει στις πωλήσεις στην Ulysses Systems GREEK VERSION (ELNABI, Dec 2005, p.144) - Tuesday, January 03, 2006

H Ulysses Systems ανακοίνωσε οτι, οι Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd, Arcadia Shipmanagement, Aegean Bulk Co. Ltd, New Asian Shipping Co., Orient Marine Co. Ltd., προστέθηκαν στον κατάλογο των πελατών της.

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Το TMSA συμβάλλει στις πωλήσεις στην Ulysses Systems GREEK VERSION (ELNABI, Dec 2005, p.144) - Tuesday, January 03, 2006

H Ulysses Systems ανακοίνωσε οτι, οι Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd, Arcadia Shipmanagement, Aegean Bulk Co. Ltd, New Asian Shipping Co., Orient Marine Co. Ltd., προστέθηκαν στον κατάλογο των πελατών της.

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2α Ετήσια Ναυτιλιακά Βραβεία Lloyd's by Stefanos Papandreou GREEK VERSION (ELNABI, Dec 2005, p.12) - Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Σε μιά ιδιαίτερα και εντυπωσιακή ατμόσφαιρα δόθηκαν και φέτος τα δεύτερα βραβεία LIoyd's List. Τα βραβεία στοχεύουν στο να τιμήσουν τους καλύτερους της ελληνικής ναυτιλίας και στο πρόσωπο αυτών όλη την ναυτιλία μας πρώτη δύναμη στον κόσμο.

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Top names in Greek shipping honoured at Lloyd's List Awards(Ship. Int. Monthly Review, Dec 05,p.6-9) - Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The top Greek shipping personalities, companies and organizations of 2005 were honoured in a glittering gala dinner at the Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel on Friday, November 25, at the 2nd Annual Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards.

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TMSA: The Maturity Period Συμπόσιο απ'τη Lyrintzis Group (Ship.Inter.Monthly Review, Dec 05, p. 75) - Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Το 2o Ετήσιο Συμπόσιο με τίτλο...

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TMSA contributing to increase in sales at Ulysses(Ship.Inter. Monthly Review, Dec 05, p.47) - Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Ulysses System announced on early December that Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd, Arcadia Ship Management, Aegean Bulk Co. Inc., Pioneer Tankers, New Asian Shipping Co., Orient Marine Co have joined their roster of clients. The successes of Ulysses, which SHIPPING is continuously reporting over the last eight years, doesn't surprise us at all, as the company steadily improves its existing software and in general its services to the international maritime industry.

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TMSA contributing to increase in sales at Ulysses(Ship.Inter. Monthly Review, Dec 05, p.47) - Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Ulysses System announced on early December that Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd, Arcadia Ship Management, Aegean Bulk Co. Inc., Pioneer Tankers, New Asian Shipping Co., Orient Marine Co have joined their roster of clients. The successes of Ulysses, which SHIPPING is continuously reporting over the last eight years, doesn't surprise us at all, as the company steadily improves its existing software and in general its services to the international maritime industry.

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ToTMSA συμβάλλει στις πωλήσεις στην Ulysses Systems GREEK VERSION (NAYS, Dec 2005, p.96) - Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Η Ulysses Systems ανακοίνωσε οτι, οι Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd., Arcadia Shipmanagement, Aegean Bulk Cο.Ltd, New Asian Shipping Co., Orient Marine Cο. Ltd., προστέθηκαν στον κατάλογο των πελατών της

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ToTMSA συμβάλλει στις πωλήσεις στην Ulysses Systems GREEK VERSION (NAYS, Dec 2005, p.96) - Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Η Ulysses Systems ανακοίνωσε οτι, οι Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd., Arcadia Shipmanagement, Aegean Bulk Cο.Ltd, New Asian Shipping Co., Orient Marine Cο. Ltd., προστέθηκαν στον κατάλογο των πελατών της

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LLOYD'S LIST GREEK SHIPPING AWARDS 2005 Supplement - Thursday, December 22, 2005

Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards 2005 - Ulysses Systems is the winner for the Technical Innovation Award 2005 which was sponsored by Chevron Fuel & Marine Marketing.

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Mare Forum Shipfinance 2005 ITALIAN VERSION (Technologie & Transporti Mare / Nov- Dec 2005, p.92) - Tuesday, December 20, 2005

E sempre una bella circostanza quando rappresentanti di compagnie armatrici e rappresentanti di banche e organizzazioni finanziarie si incontrano, soprattutto in un periodo di particolare euforia e di sviluppo.

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The cost of change management for TMSA. Is it primarily a training problem? - Sunday, December 18, 2005

It is beginning to be widely accepted that there will be a significant cost to justifying the good practices of in house management in accordance with TMSA stipulations. Figures of $50,000 to $70,000 per vessel have been discussed. This is seen as a high price to pay for those who have continuously been trying their utmost to provide an economic and demonstrably responsible service.
Training and retraining are no doubt big parts of the TSMA budget. Risk management training is practically compulsory, while the required cultural change from time revered cost control to demonstrating competence is optional, but who can really avoid it?

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Το Task Assistant από τη Ulysses Systems GREEK VERSION (NAFTEMPORIKI, 13 Dec 2005, p. 14) - Tuesday, December 13, 2005

SEVEN companies more have been added to Ulysses' roster of clients.

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Το Task Assistant από τη Ulysses Systems GREEK VERSION (NAFTEMPORIKI, 13 Dec 2005, p. 14) - Tuesday, December 13, 2005

SEVEN companies more have been added to Ulysses' roster of clients.

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FROM THE MARKETPLACE (Newsfront, 09 Dec 2005, Vol. 6 / No. 46, p. 12) - Friday, December 09, 2005

Ulysses Systems have added new companies to its roster of clients

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FROM THE MARKETPLACE (Newsfront, 09 Dec 2005, Vol. 6 / No. 46, p. 12) - Friday, December 09, 2005

Ulysses Systems have added new companies to its roster of clients

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Δεξί Χέρι των Επιχειρήσεων Η Ulysses Systems GREEK VERSION (NAVLAGORA, 07 Dec 2005, p.11) - Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Ulysses Systems announced that Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd, Arcadia Ship Management, Aegean Bulk Co. Inc., Pioneer Tankers, New Asian Shipping Co., Orient Marine Co have joined their roster of clients. Due to the general increase in the number of the new vessels on one hand, and the current interest in companies going public and becoming larger through mergers and acquisitions on the other hand, the pressures of accountability have jointly contributed to this increase in sales for the company.

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Δεξί Χέρι των Επιχειρήσεων Η Ulysses Systems GREEK VERSION (NAVLAGORA, 07 Dec 2005, p.11) - Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Ulysses Systems announced that Transocean Shipmanagement, OSG, Naftomar Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd, Arcadia Ship Management, Aegean Bulk Co. Inc., Pioneer Tankers, New Asian Shipping Co., Orient Marine Co have joined their roster of clients. Due to the general increase in the number of the new vessels on one hand, and the current interest in companies going public and becoming larger through mergers and acquisitions on the other hand, the pressures of accountability have jointly contributed to this increase in sales for the company.

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Methodology in TMSA compliance discussed (Tanker Operator Nov-Dec 2005, p.26-31) - Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The second major TankerOperator conference specifically addressing the Tanker Management Self-Assessment scheme (TMSA) was held in Rotterdam earlier this month at the Maritime Europort expo.

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Methodology in TMSA compliance discussed (Tanker Operator Nov-Dec 2005, p.26-31) - Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The second major TankerOperator conference specifically addressing the Tanker Management Self-Assessment scheme (TMSA) was held in Rotterdam earlier this month at the Maritime Europort expo.

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3rd Annual Digital Ship Hong Kong Conference - IT Applications (Digital Ship, Nov 2005, p.6 - 11) - Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Shipboard IT applications, supporting shipboard computers from shore, and planned maintenance systems and purchasing systems: Some of the issues from the afternoon sessions of the Digital Ship Hong Kong conference.

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TMSA- at a cost? (Tanker Operator Nov-Dec 2005, p.1) - Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Frighteningly high tanker operating costs are associated with complying with TMSA scheme, leading tanker owners claim 

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TMSA Contributing to Increase in Sales at Ulysses Systems - Monday, December 05, 2005

LONDON 05 December 2005: Ulysses' Task Assistant works closely with each of their clients to help them effectively achieve the needs of most of the internal management requirements recently installed by OCIMF and TMSA.

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Greeks celebrate their industry's achievers (Newsfront Vol.6/ No. 45, 02 Dec 2005) - Friday, December 02, 2005

Some 1,100 shipping people from Greece and abroad gathered November 25 in Athens to celebrate the Greek maritime industry and honour some of those who have played a role in influencing many of its achievements. 

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Τιμήθηκε η ελληνική ναυτιλία. Απονεμήθηκαν τα Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards - Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Η ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ναυτιλία στο σύνολο της τιμήθηκε στο πρόσωπο ορισμένων από τους σπουδαιότερους εκπροσώπους της στη διάρκεια της τελετής απονομής των «Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards» που για δεύτερη χρονιά οργάνωσε στην Αθήνα η Lloyd's List.

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Angelicoussis is personality of the year at Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards by Nigel Lowry - Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Ulysses Systems, was the winner of the Technical Innovation Award for its Task Assistant software suite in the Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards 2005.

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TMSA well received with a few reservations (Tanker Operator September 2005, p.28-31) - Tuesday, September 20, 2005

TankerOperator’s one day conference during the recent Nor-Shipping event was a huge success with almost 70 tanker experts packing the room.

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TMSA and information technology (Digital Ship September 2005, p.23) - Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Tanker Operator ran a one day conference at Norshipping about the oil companies Tanker Management Self Assessment scheme (TMSA), including software tools which can help tanker operators to improve their operations and improve management control. 

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How valuable is your time? - Sunday, September 18, 2005

When we fumble around looking for the right way to organise our documents or find the right function in the software, we interfere with the real job we are actually trying to execute via the software. Unless the software interaction can work subconsciously the user will have to concentrate on the filing or retrieval whilst solving a serious business problem. Ever tried filing or retrieving a document while talking to someone on the telephone? It takes a lot longer, and in the case of filing you may file it in the wrong place.

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How valuable is your time? - Sunday, September 18, 2005

When we fumble around looking for the right way to organise our documents or find the right function in the software, we interfere with the real job we are actually trying to execute via the software. Unless the software interaction can work subconsciously the user will have to concentrate on the filing or retrieval whilst solving a serious business problem. Ever tried filing or retrieving a document while talking to someone on the telephone? It takes a lot longer, and in the case of filing you may file it in the wrong place.

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Too many jobs on the radar by Michael Grey (Lloyd's List- Monday August 15, 2005. p.6) - Monday, August 15, 2005

An effective article by Michael Grey, featuring the predicament of shipmasters overwhelmed by paperwork and its administration and featuring Mr. Dimitri Lyras' view on how software is the sensible business solution to the problem.

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What do you need in way of Research Development (R&D) for your marine software - Saturday, June 18, 2005

Like any industry in the midst of its greatest rate period of development, the software industry comes up with important sweeping innovations every so often. This creates a tidal wave of change every few years. PC’s, the Internet, processors, memory chips etc have given rise to tremendous changes in generic across industry software platforms. Software vendors take these sweeping underlying platform developments and apply them to the different industries they service. There is no doubt that this evolution will continue, especially in the marine industry where some of the underlying innovations introduce much new value.

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Productivity Management Software (Digital Ship, Jun-Jul 2005, p.28) - Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Dr. Stuart May, Chief of Product Design at Ulysses Systems discusses of how future maritime software will be geared around, improving productivity of different employees, making it easier to co-ordinate different tasks and gather accurate data.

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Addressing TMSA Efficiently - Wednesday, May 18, 2005

This is a short discussion on what Ulysses can best do for you to help address TMSA effectively, cost efficiently, and as far as possible without unnecessarily occupying the attention of your valuable colleagues

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Would you reject a good LNG and Tanker master because he cannot understand your company's software? - Thursday, April 21, 2005

ELNABI, Issue 376, April 2005-Special Report,Greek Oil Tanker Industry p.40
Ulysses' Task Assistant helps ship managers face new operating requirements such as OCIMF's Tanker Management and Self Assesment. TA is easy to use and deployment is as rapid. Customers of Ulysses appreciate this and comment accordingly.

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Νέα μέλη για την Ulysses Systems GREEK VERSION (ELNABI, Apr 2005 Market News, p.80) - Thursday, April 21, 2005

Η Ulysses Systems μπαίνει δυναμικά στον χώρο των Tankers και LNG...

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Νέα μέλη για την Ulysses Systems GREEK VERSION (ELNABI, Apr 2005 Market News, p.80) - Thursday, April 21, 2005

Η Ulysses Systems μπαίνει δυναμικά στον χώρο των Tankers και LNG...

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Tanker company valuations and TMSA (Tanker Operator, Mar 2005, p.6) - Friday, March 25, 2005

Will the introduction of TMSA lead to shipping companies being valued more on quality of operation rather than commodity value of vessels? By Dimitris lyras

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Do the knowledge by Neville Smith (Lloyds List- Wired World- 22 Mar 2005, p.6) - Tuesday, March 22, 2005

In recent weeks, K-line, Dioryx, Liquimar and Columbia Shipmanagement have all contracted to use Task Assistant. 

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Are Planned Maintenance Systems too sophisticated for their job? - Friday, March 18, 2005

The question is : "should companies use an Excel spreadsheet or a planned maintenance software system?"
Many companies have got by with Excel spreadsheets as schedulers for many years, and find that this allows adequate scheduling co-ordination.When confronted with the decision to purchase a more comprehensive planned maintenance system their reaction is, "why upset something that works, and why burden the crew with even more clerical work?"

A full software planned maintenance system should save considerable time on board and ashore, because it should remove a lot of the clerical work already done by chief engineers. This is outlined below

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Are Planned Maintenance Systems too sophisticated for their job? - Friday, March 18, 2005

The question is : "should companies use an Excel spreadsheet or a planned maintenance software system?"
Many companies have got by with Excel spreadsheets as schedulers for many years, and find that this allows adequate scheduling co-ordination.When confronted with the decision to purchase a more comprehensive planned maintenance system their reaction is, "why upset something that works, and why burden the crew with even more clerical work?"

A full software planned maintenance system should save considerable time on board and ashore, because it should remove a lot of the clerical work already done by chief engineers. This is outlined below

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TMSA no problem for Golar (Tanker Operator, Mar 2005, p.5) - Thursday, March 17, 2005

Golar Management, which operates 13 LNG tankers, says it does not anticipate any problems from the OCIMF TMSA (Tanker Management Self Assessment) scheme, because it asks for things which Golar does already.

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Task software suits LNGC sector (LNG World Shipping Magazine, Spring 2005, p.37) - Thursday, March 17, 2005

Ulysses' Task Assistant (TA) software helps ship managers face new operating requirements such as OCIMF's Tanker Management Self Assessment requirements without further burdening seafarers.

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Task software suits LNGC sector (LNG World Shipping Magazine, Spring 2005, p.37) - Thursday, March 17, 2005

Ulysses' Task Assistant (TA) software helps ship managers face new operating requirements such as OCIMF's Tanker Management Self Assessment requirements without further burdening seafarers.

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Using Maintenance software (Tanker Operator, Mar 2005, p.18) - Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has a requirement for tanker operators to use computerized planned maintenance systems, if they want to score a level 2 under TMSA's

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Ulysses Systems take up particularly strong in the Tanker and LNG sectors (Navlagora, 11 Mar 2005) - Friday, March 11, 2005

Η «Dioryx», η «Lίquimar», η «CoIumbia Shipmanagement» και η «K-Lίne» είναι οι πελάτες που υπέγραψαν πρόσφατα με την «UIysses Systems» συμφωνία για την εφαρμογή του Task Assistant.

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Ulysses Systems take up particularly strong in the Tanker and LNG sectors (Navlagora, 11 Mar 2005) - Friday, March 11, 2005

Η «Dioryx», η «Lίquimar», η «CoIumbia Shipmanagement» και η «K-Lίne» είναι οι πελάτες που υπέγραψαν πρόσφατα με την «UIysses Systems» συμφωνία για την εφαρμογή του Task Assistant.

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New clients for Ulysses Systems (Digital Ship, Jan-Feb 2005, p.8) - Thursday, February 24, 2005

Maritime software company Ulysses Systems reports that it has signed up shipping companies M.O Ship Management, TECTO, Iino Marine Services, World Tankers and Andriaki Shipmanagement as clients for its Task Assistant.

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New clients for Ulysses Systems (Digital Ship, Jan-Feb 2005, p.8) - Thursday, February 24, 2005

Maritime software company Ulysses Systems reports that it has signed up shipping companies M.O Ship Management, TECTO, Iino Marine Services, World Tankers and Andriaki Shipmanagement as clients for its Task Assistant.

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Greece Maritime Software (Digital Ship, Jan-Feb 2005, p.12) - Thursday, February 24, 2005

During the Digital Ship Conference in Athens, Mr.Dimitris Lyras, special advisor to Ulysses Systems, reviewed the decision-making processes, which ship owners go through when deciding whether to install software systems.

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'IT can help shipowners manage risks' (ELNABI, Issue 373, Jan 2005, p.78) - Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Eliminating confusion with regard to IT in shipping is the target of Task Assistant. Mr. Panteleimon Pantelis Director of Ulysses Systems is discussing of how IT and Task Assistant can help shipowners to manage the risks

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'Monitoring the Performance of Stock Listed Shipping Companies' (Economic Outlook, Dec 04, p.16) - Tuesday, February 01, 2005

'A stock listing is seen as a very coveted end for many shipping companies, there are unfortunately some obstacles as far as the stock markets rewarding real management expertise'. Mr. Dimitris Lyras, Advisor to the board of Directors of Ulysses Systems presents his views on monitoring the performance of Stock Listed Shipping Companies.br\>

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Oil majors praises Golar's software (Digital Ship, Jan-Feb 2005, p.1,2) - Monday, January 31, 2005

London based Golar Management, which operates 13 LNG tankers, recently won plaudits in an oil major audit, for its effective use of shipmanagement software.www.golargas.com

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Technology at the service of the Shipping Industry (NAFS - Issue 42 - Dec 2004) - Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Capt. Michalis Hatzimanolis, Marine Consultant of Ulysses Systems addresses issues of concern regarding the role of technology in shipping industry today.

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Tanker Management is becoming more complex Naftika Chronika(Issue No 76 - Jan 2005 By Lisa Marelou) - Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Οι διαχειριστές δεξαμενόπλοιων χρειάζονται συστήματα πληροφορικής, που θα τους επιτρέψουν να συντονίσουν τις απαιτήσεις ποιότητας, ασφάλειας και διαχείρισης ώστε να αντιμετωπίσουν τις προκλήσεις που παρουσιάζονται.

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Tanker Management is becoming more complex Naftika Chronika(Issue No 76 - Jan 2005 By Lisa Marelou) - Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Οι διαχειριστές δεξαμενόπλοιων χρειάζονται συστήματα πληροφορικής, που θα τους επιτρέψουν να συντονίσουν τις απαιτήσεις ποιότητας, ασφάλειας και διαχείρισης ώστε να αντιμετωπίσουν τις προκλήσεις που παρουσιάζονται.

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Making Cost Effective Software Purchasing Decisions - Tuesday, January 18, 2005

A well-designed product has easy to use and easy to understand configuration means that can be operation to a very extensive degree by non IT specialist client personnel. Doing this work without reliance on vendors is a tremendous logistic aid to the success of software.
Moreover, the ability to eliminate middlemen in the initial or refining stages of configuration is paramount to maintaining an up to date and credible information base which in turn is essential to success. A marine software system with rudimentary configuration facilities will likely be as successful as a bulk carrier without in built facilities for machinery overhaul.

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Making Cost Effective Software Purchasing Decisions - Tuesday, January 18, 2005

A well-designed product has easy to use and easy to understand configuration means that can be operation to a very extensive degree by non IT specialist client personnel. Doing this work without reliance on vendors is a tremendous logistic aid to the success of software.
Moreover, the ability to eliminate middlemen in the initial or refining stages of configuration is paramount to maintaining an up to date and credible information base which in turn is essential to success. A marine software system with rudimentary configuration facilities will likely be as successful as a bulk carrier without in built facilities for machinery overhaul.

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600 vessels with Task Assistant from Efoplistis Magazine (Efoplistis Issue 141, Jan 2005, p.11) - Monday, January 10, 2005

New requirements from the Oil Majors are making the business of operating ships tougher than ever Ulysses is helping shipmanagers overcome these new challenges M.O Ship Management , TECTO, Iino Marine Services, World Tankers and Andriaki Shipmanagement are all new clients for Task Assistant, Ulysses System's shipmanagement software 5th December 2004 Shipmanagers need software systems that enable them to co-ordinate the quality, safety and 0perational requirements they now face.

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600 vessels with Task Assistant from Efoplistis Magazine (Efoplistis Issue 141, Jan 2005, p.11) - Monday, January 10, 2005

New requirements from the Oil Majors are making the business of operating ships tougher than ever Ulysses is helping shipmanagers overcome these new challenges M.O Ship Management , TECTO, Iino Marine Services, World Tankers and Andriaki Shipmanagement are all new clients for Task Assistant, Ulysses System's shipmanagement software 5th December 2004 Shipmanagers need software systems that enable them to co-ordinate the quality, safety and 0perational requirements they now face.

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Task Orientation and TMSA - Saturday, December 18, 2004

In this discussion we illustrate the extra level of co-ordination that is required to make sure that defects, change management, risk management and incident investigation do not cause confusion and do not generate inconsistencies in reporting and awareness.

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Task Orientation and TMSA - Saturday, December 18, 2004

In this discussion we illustrate the extra level of co-ordination that is required to make sure that defects, change management, risk management and incident investigation do not cause confusion and do not generate inconsistencies in reporting and awareness.

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The Majors prefer the Task Tassistant (Navlagora 13 Dec 2004) - Monday, December 13, 2004

Οι vέες απαιτήσεις που προβάλλουv όλο και περισσότερο με τηv πάροδο τωv ετώv οι Οίl Majors, κάvουvτη διαχείριση τωv δεξαμεvόπλοιωv δυσκολότερη όσο ποτέ στο παρελθόv. Τις δυσκολίες αυτές έρχεται vα βοηθήσει τους διαχειριστές τωv δεξαμεvόπλοιωv η «Ulysses Systems», με το ...

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The Majors prefer the Task Tassistant (Navlagora 13 Dec 2004) - Monday, December 13, 2004

Οι vέες απαιτήσεις που προβάλλουv όλο και περισσότερο με τηv πάροδο τωv ετώv οι Οίl Majors, κάvουvτη διαχείριση τωv δεξαμεvόπλοιωv δυσκολότερη όσο ποτέ στο παρελθόv. Τις δυσκολίες αυτές έρχεται vα βοηθήσει τους διαχειριστές τωv δεξαμεvόπλοιωv η «Ulysses Systems», με το ...

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World Tanker and Andriaki Shipping adopt Task Assistant (NEWSFRONT- Vol.5 / No.46 - 10 Dec 2004) - Friday, December 10, 2004

World Tankers and Andriaki Shipmanagement are among the shipping companies to most recently adopt Task Assistant

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World Tanker and Andriaki Shipping adopt Task Assistant (NEWSFRONT- Vol.5 / No.46 - 10 Dec 2004) - Friday, December 10, 2004

World Tankers and Andriaki Shipmanagement are among the shipping companies to most recently adopt Task Assistant

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'Task Assistant installed on 600 ships says Ulysses' by David Osler (Lloyds List 9 Dec 2004) - Thursday, December 09, 2004

SHIPMANAGEMENT software specialist Ulysses Systems has announced that Japanese shipping major M.O Ship Management is using its Task Assistant program. Other recent clients include Tecto, Iino Marine Services, World Tankers and Andriaki Shipmanagement, writes David Osler

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'Task Assistant installed on 600 ships says Ulysses' by David Osler (Lloyds List 9 Dec 2004) - Thursday, December 09, 2004

SHIPMANAGEMENT software specialist Ulysses Systems has announced that Japanese shipping major M.O Ship Management is using its Task Assistant program. Other recent clients include Tecto, Iino Marine Services, World Tankers and Andriaki Shipmanagement, writes David Osler

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New requirements from the Oil Majors are making the business of operating ships tougher than ever - Sunday, December 05, 2004

LONDON 05 December 2004: Ulysses is helping shipmanagers overcome these new challenges. Mitsui O.S.K, TECTO, Iino Kaiun, World Tankers and Andriaki Shipmanagement are all new clients for Task Assistant™, Ulysses System’s shipmanagement software

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How do you predict the business related bottom line success of a software system? - Thursday, November 18, 2004

Enterprise software functionality is vastly more extensive than a mobile phone functionality and therefore much more dependent on Usability for busy users. Also in both cases, confused users can resort to previous lower productivity but intuitive methods to bypass awkward functionality. Therefore the effect of usability of adoption, utilisation and ROI is paramount.

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How do you predict the business related bottom line success of a software system? - Thursday, November 18, 2004

Enterprise software functionality is vastly more extensive than a mobile phone functionality and therefore much more dependent on Usability for busy users. Also in both cases, confused users can resort to previous lower productivity but intuitive methods to bypass awkward functionality. Therefore the effect of usability of adoption, utilisation and ROI is paramount.

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Shipping and Bureaucracy (Efoplistis - ISSUE 138 - October 2004, p.98) - Friday, October 01, 2004

The below is a translation of a published interview of Mr. Hondos by the Editor of the Efoplistis Magazine Mrs. Armogeni. Mr. Nicholas Hondos took over as CEO of Athenian Sea Carriers (with Mr. Minos Kiriakou as the owner) the summer of 1999. From 1994 until June of 1999 he has taken various prestigious post in places like the American Classification Society ABS in Greece and the Middle East. He sponsored as a business development director in the shipping sector for Europe and the Middle East. Beforehand he had worked in various positions at Siros's shipyard Neorion for 13 years.

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How do you predict the business related bottom line success of a software system? PART 2 - Sunday, April 18, 2004

In our last circular we pointed out the importance of Usability in ensuring that the Return on Investment expected of a software purchase is realized. In this document we will look at the costs.

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How do you predict the business related bottom line success of a software system? PART 2 - Sunday, April 18, 2004

In our last circular we pointed out the importance of Usability in ensuring that the Return on Investment expected of a software purchase is realized. In this document we will look at the costs.

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Competing on quality in the shipping industry - Thursday, March 18, 2004

Mr Lyras is Advisor to the board especially on marine matters for Ulysses Systems: Ulysses System is a marine Software Company based in the UK. Ulysses builds shipping software and has a number of clients such as: Eletson and BP.

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"Ulysses invites shipowners to set out on a voyage of cost recovery" (Lloyd's List, Jan 19, 2004) - Monday, January 19, 2004

Software provider claims Task Assistant could save a medium-sized fleet as much as $85,000 a vessel each year, writes Neville Smith

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Software that works on ships dealing with ISPS - Thursday, December 18, 2003

Do we really expect officers on board to go through searches and retrievals for all these items of information?How reliably will this happen when the master has to make sure a new officer becomes familiar with this information?What happens when there is a reason to be preoccupied with a non-routine but not unexpected issue like a crew health problem or a port state inspection? What is the effect for a ship management company of inefficient handling of reference information and verification information for ISM and ISPS? Can software assist?

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Software that works on ships dealing with ISPS - Thursday, December 18, 2003

Do we really expect officers on board to go through searches and retrievals for all these items of information?How reliably will this happen when the master has to make sure a new officer becomes familiar with this information?What happens when there is a reason to be preoccupied with a non-routine but not unexpected issue like a crew health problem or a port state inspection? What is the effect for a ship management company of inefficient handling of reference information and verification information for ISM and ISPS? Can software assist?

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Does Software Really Work On Ships? - Saturday, October 18, 2003

Mariners have little tolerance for things that do not work well at sea, so budgets for maritime software are often justifiably delayed by apprehension as to whether the solution will really work. More IT friendly companies will worry whether the benefit will come along soon enough to justify the financial pain which will be felt immediately.

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Smart management cuts costs - Friday, July 18, 2003

How often a shipboard incident, a vetting problem, a machinery breakdown or human error, is something you could have anticipated but didn't? It is rare that an accident is caused by truly new factors. The challenge for managers is to disseminate information and shared experience across their fleets in a way that helps prevent incidents. How is it possible to train crews so that the right information reaches the right person at the right time? Even if the cause of an accident or problem is new how do you effectively share that knowledge?

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The ISPS Code - Regulatory Overload? Can you cope? - Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Introduced with the shortest lead-time yet, the ISPS Code requires managers to find the time and money to ensure compliance by the deadline and then continued compliance, year after year. How can Managers cope with the ISPS Code and ensure that they remain on top of all compliance areas, without unrecoverable out of pocket expense?

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The ISPS Code - Regulatory Overload? Can you cope? - Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Introduced with the shortest lead-time yet, the ISPS Code requires managers to find the time and money to ensure compliance by the deadline and then continued compliance, year after year. How can Managers cope with the ISPS Code and ensure that they remain on top of all compliance areas, without unrecoverable out of pocket expense?

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Can Shipmanagers cope with the introduction of the ISPS Code and other new requirements?(DS, Jun 03) - Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Speaking at Nor-Shipping last week, Dimitris Lyras questioned whether shipmanagers are going to be able to comply with new regulations unless they develop a new approach to management systems.

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Stop training mariners in using illogical software. - Sunday, May 18, 2003

With new developments in ship technology, strict procedures for safety and security as well as endless checklists, forms and certificates, there are plenty of reasons to send mariners on training courses. So why add to their already heavy workload training on using complicated software?

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Stop training mariners in using illogical software. - Sunday, May 18, 2003

With new developments in ship technology, strict procedures for safety and security as well as endless checklists, forms and certificates, there are plenty of reasons to send mariners on training courses. So why add to their already heavy workload training on using complicated software?

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Keep Software Costs in Perspective - Tuesday, March 18, 2003

The cost of ship-shore software is relatively insignificant for a shipping company when one considers the numerous potential benefits that a quality marine software system can deliver. In fact, software is potentially one of the best investments a shipping line can make in terms of Return On Investment. So why does it face such a great deal of attention and scrutiny?

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Keep Software Costs in Perspective - Tuesday, March 18, 2003

The cost of ship-shore software is relatively insignificant for a shipping company when one considers the numerous potential benefits that a quality marine software system can deliver. In fact, software is potentially one of the best investments a shipping line can make in terms of Return On Investment. So why does it face such a great deal of attention and scrutiny?

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Ulysses Systems and Fuji Trading form Strategic Alliance - Monday, January 20, 2003

TOKYO 20 January 2003: Fuji Trading Company, Ltd, and Ulysses Systems, Inc. have signed a strategic business alliance to jointly market, distribute and support the Ulysses Systems' Task Assistant product suite in Japan.

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One should never lose ones fear of the sea - Saturday, January 18, 2003

The operators have to ask themselves, how would they revise their management ideas so as to look good in an incident in today’s media environment. We could plausibly make the assumption that in an industry where failure is unacceptable and success is taken for granted, records demonstrating due diligence are the only way to stand up to scrutiny in an inevitable incident. Any audit taken in the interim must scrutinize the continuous application of diligence.

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One should never lose ones fear of the sea - Saturday, January 18, 2003

The operators have to ask themselves, how would they revise their management ideas so as to look good in an incident in today’s media environment. We could plausibly make the assumption that in an industry where failure is unacceptable and success is taken for granted, records demonstrating due diligence are the only way to stand up to scrutiny in an inevitable incident. Any audit taken in the interim must scrutinize the continuous application of diligence.

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CSX Lines choose Ulysses for Quality and Safety - Thursday, January 09, 2003

LONDON 09 January 2003: To ensure best practice in quality and safety management, CSX Lines announced today its decision to deploy the Task Assistant' Quality and Safety package from Ulysses Systems on all 17 vessels and in land-based offices. A detailed review of all major Safety Management Systems (SMS) available to the maritime industry found that Task Assistant was not only the most effective, but could also provide the most significant cost and time savings.

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Golar LNG invests in system to promote safety and increase efficiency - Monday, January 06, 2003

LONDON 06 January 2003: Responding to global demands for heightened environmental responsibility, ship safety and the desire to drive increased efficiency and profitability, Golar LNG today chose to install the Task Assistant™ suite of maritime software from Ulysses Systems on all company vessels and in land-based offices. Task Assistant™ will provide planned maintenance, purchasing, crewing, and quality and safety applications to Golar.

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How Do We Buy Software Today? - Wednesday, December 18, 2002

There are many ways to manage information electronically on board and ashore. Today, you can find numerous designs of Document Management Systems, Planned Maintenance Systems and designs of Purchasing etc.
Do companies have such diverse goals that they each need to manage information differently? There answer would be ship operators don’t work that differently, however to exercise their competitive edge this becomes a key factor. So how does this relate to information technology?

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How Do We Buy Software Today? - Wednesday, December 18, 2002

There are many ways to manage information electronically on board and ashore. Today, you can find numerous designs of Document Management Systems, Planned Maintenance Systems and designs of Purchasing etc.
Do companies have such diverse goals that they each need to manage information differently? There answer would be ship operators don’t work that differently, however to exercise their competitive edge this becomes a key factor. So how does this relate to information technology?

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International Safety Regulations: What should be the role of computerisation? - Wednesday, September 18, 2002

The fire that spread on the ‘Eurasia Dream’ at the port of Fujairah led to a significant destruction of both the vessel and its cargo. The investigations that followed led to the conclusions that the vessel’s crew was inadequately updated on issues of safety and emergency response. Important safety rules and instructions were overlooked while the procedures of the safety system in place were either deficient or improperly implemented and carried out.

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International Safety Regulations: What should be the role of computerisation? - Wednesday, September 18, 2002

The fire that spread on the ‘Eurasia Dream’ at the port of Fujairah led to a significant destruction of both the vessel and its cargo. The investigations that followed led to the conclusions that the vessel’s crew was inadequately updated on issues of safety and emergency response. Important safety rules and instructions were overlooked while the procedures of the safety system in place were either deficient or improperly implemented and carried out.

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BP Shipping goes Live with Task Assistant - Tuesday, September 10, 2002

LONDON 10 September 2002: Ulysses Systems and BP Shipping are delighted to announce that Task Assistant has gone live. Task Assistant will be rolled out to the fleet as each new building enters service.

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"Ulysses" signs Alliance Agreement with leading environmental & safety risk management consulting group - Tuesday, September 03, 2002

LONDON 03 September 2002: Risk, Reliability and Safety Engineering (RRS Engineering), and Ulysses Systems, Inc. have signed a business alliance agreement to jointly market the collaboration of their risk, reliability, and safety consulting services with the Ulysses Systems' Task Assistant'.

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Can Computerising your business be simple? - Monday, September 02, 2002

This paper is about simplifying the perceived complications by comparing the process to other much more complicated and risky technical decisions a shipping company customarily makes and yet succeeds.

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Upper Lakes Group uses Task Assistant to implement its Quality and Safety Management Systems - Saturday, August 31, 2002

LONDON 31 August 2002: After continuous positive feedback from crew, Upper Lakes Group is stepping up implementation of Ulysses Task Assistant to manage its fleet of 18 vessels operating on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. All forms, manuals and procedures are being entered into the system, integrating the entire QS management system, with deployment on the remaining vessels being carried out during the next few months.

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Eurasian Dream highlights court view on seaworthiness (Lloyd's list, Aug 27,2002) - Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Aside from being one of the more colourful judgments this year, the case of the Eurasian Dream has provided plenty of insight into the way the courts view the seaworthiness issue.

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ISM deficient partially discharged tanker ordered to depart US waters - Sunday, August 18, 2002

We thought you might find this case highlighted in the London P&I club "Stoploss" b The full report of the investigation by USCG can be found here:

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ISM deficient partially discharged tanker ordered to depart US waters - Sunday, August 18, 2002

We thought you might find this case highlighted in the London P&I club "Stoploss" b The full report of the investigation by USCG can be found here:

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Let's take the plunge into genuine risk assessment - Saturday, August 17, 2002

Has the industry lost the plot over the ISM Code? Capt Terry Ogg, examines the issues involved (Reproduced article of Lloyds List, Wednesday August 28, 2002)

There are commercial and economical implications for shipowners now, and in the future perhaps, training and onboard operational structure issues for the shipping industry at large. Now that the scramble for ISM certification is over, isn't it time we revisited the clear language of the ISM Code, took a deep breath of its meaning and took the plunge into genuine risk assessment?

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Let's take the plunge into genuine risk assessment - Saturday, August 17, 2002

Has the industry lost the plot over the ISM Code? Capt Terry Ogg, examines the issues involved (Reproduced article of Lloyds List, Wednesday August 28, 2002)

There are commercial and economical implications for shipowners now, and in the future perhaps, training and onboard operational structure issues for the shipping industry at large. Now that the scramble for ISM certification is over, isn't it time we revisited the clear language of the ISM Code, took a deep breath of its meaning and took the plunge into genuine risk assessment?

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Warning on work convention - Friday, August 16, 2002

A new convention covering work and rest for seafarers has just come into force which have a "significant impact upon employers" according to Neil Northmore of Bond Pearce. (Reproduced article by kind permission of Lloyd's List, Tuesday August 27 2002.

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Warning on work convention - Friday, August 16, 2002

A new convention covering work and rest for seafarers has just come into force which have a "significant impact upon employers" according to Neil Northmore of Bond Pearce. (Reproduced article by kind permission of Lloyd's List, Tuesday August 27 2002.

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Eurasian Dream highlights court view on seaworthiness - Thursday, August 15, 2002
Aside from being one of the more colourful judgments this year, the case of the Eurasian Dream has provided plenty of insight into the way the courts view the seaworthiness issue. (Reproduced by kind persmission of Lloyd's List, Tuesday August 27 2002)

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Eurasian Dream highlights court view on seaworthiness - Thursday, August 15, 2002
Aside from being one of the more colourful judgments this year, the case of the Eurasian Dream has provided plenty of insight into the way the courts view the seaworthiness issue. (Reproduced by kind persmission of Lloyd's List, Tuesday August 27 2002)

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Ulysses Systems and ShipServ Form Strategic Alliance - Tuesday, July 02, 2002

LIVONIA 02 July 2002: To provide customers with an integrated software package that allows a simplified yet more effective e-procurement process, ShipServ and Ulysses Systems, Inc. have agreed to formally integrate and jointly market their maritime software packages to companies that wish to extend their in-house enterprise management systems to seamlessly conduct automated transactions via the world's leading maritime procurement network.

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Ulysses Systems and Rydex Corporation Limited Form Strategic Alliance - Tuesday, June 18, 2002

LONDON 18 June 2002: Rydex Corporation Limited, an Immarsat Ventures company and Ulysses Systems, Inc. have created a strategic business alliance to jointly market and integrate their marine software and communication systems. The partnership will result in a powerful collaboration of technologies combining Ulysses' state-of-the-art ship performance management software and a leading ship-shore communications delivery platform from Rydex.

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The Eurasian Dream Incident liability and implementing an effective SMS - Wednesday, May 22, 2002

How easily can an incident be blamed on managerial oversight? The fire that spread on the "Eurasian Dream" at the port of Fujairah (see Lloyd's List article "Eurasian Dream ISM Code Warning" May 22nd, 2002) led to a total loss of the vessel and its cargo. The investigations that followed led to the conclusions that the vessel's crew was inadequately updated on issues of safety and emergency response.

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ISM Code must create safety culture and not become paper exercise, delegates urge (LL, May 2002) - Thursday, May 16, 2002
'The ISM Code - making it really work' was the title of an important conference held this week by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.

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Jenny Pantelis at the Digital Ship knowledge management conference (Digital Ship, May 2002) - Wednesday, May 01, 2002
Jenny Pantelis, solutions consultant with UK maritime software company Ulysses Systems, talked about how the Ulysses software can help a shipping company build up a "corporate memory", gathering together useful knowledge from all over the organisation and managing it in a way that people can access it easily.

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Ulysses Systems and iShipExchange Form Strategic Alliance - Wednesday, May 01, 2002

LONDON AND HONG KONG 01 May 2002:  IShipExchange and Ulysses Systems, Inc. have signed an agreement to jointly market and integrate their marine software systems. This partnership will produce for both company's customers the capability to combine iShipExchange's electronic exchange of information, communication and commerce for maritime procurement with the advanced knowledge management and organizational features of Ulysses Systems' Task Assistant.

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Ulysses Systems signs joint marketing agreement with leading environmental protection group - Monday, April 29, 2002

DETROIT 29 April 2002: O'Brien Oil Pollution Service, Inc. (OOPS) and Ulysses Systems, Inc. have signed an agreement to jointly market their collaboration of maritime consulting services and the Ulysses' Task Assistant' applications for the marine industry.

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Leading environmental protection group selects Ulysses' Task Assistant for internal workflow process - Monday, April 15, 2002

DETROIT 15 April 2002: O' Brien's Oil Pollution Service, Inc., the largest qualified individual and spill response management provider in North America, has selected Ulysses Systems Task Assistant software to coordinate all its internal workflow processes, according to company president and founder Jim O'Brien.

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The user - centered software challenge (ELNABI, April 2002) - Monday, April 01, 2002
The marketing director of Ulysses Systems (U.K.) Mr Costas Fafalios comments on the latest developments of information management in shipping and Ulysses' Task Assistant concept

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Selling software to shipping (Digital Ship, Mar 20, 2002) - Wednesday, March 20, 2002
Maritime software developers could do more to understand the software needs of the shipping industry, argues Dimitris Lyras, managing director of Lyras Shipping

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Ulysses on a voyage of discovery (Lloyd's List, Mar 18, 2002) - Monday, March 18, 2002
WHAT do you get when you cross a small London Greek shipping company with a US electronic software company and a dose of cognitive techniques? The answer is Task Assistant, an information knowledge management platform which provides a new level of information control for the shipowner and manager which is both relevant and timely organised by role and task.

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Who Deals With A Defective Mast Riser Shutoff Valve? - Tuesday, March 05, 2002

How can we prevent action remaining in abeyance as a result of too many people being involved and too little co-ordination between them?
The answer is simple; we need to let the common sense of the marine personnel help to get the matter resolved with minimum fuss but we also need to catch the omissions that common sense people tend to make from time to time.

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Who Deals With A Defective Mast Riser Shutoff Valve? - Tuesday, March 05, 2002

How can we prevent action remaining in abeyance as a result of too many people being involved and too little co-ordination between them?
The answer is simple; we need to let the common sense of the marine personnel help to get the matter resolved with minimum fuss but we also need to catch the omissions that common sense people tend to make from time to time.

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Ulysses Systems' Task Assistant(TM) Chosen by Upper Lakes Group For Its Great Lakes Fleet - Monday, March 04, 2002

DETROIT 04 March 2002: Upper Lakes Group, Inc. has selected Ulysses Systems' Task Assistant(TM) as the ship management software of choice for its fleet of 22 dry bulk cargo vessels that sail on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway systems.

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Ulysses Systems' Task Assistant(TM) Selected by Oglebay Norton For Great Lakes Shipping - Tuesday, February 12, 2002

DETROIT 12 February 2002: Oglebay Norton Marine Services Company has selected Ulysses Systems' Task AssistantTM as the ship management software of choice for its fleet of commercial ships that sail on the Great Lakes waterways, announced Michael Siragusa, vice president and general manager of ONMS.

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Who deals with a defective Mast Riser Shutoff Valve? - Friday, February 01, 2002

An example of how enhanced information flow through efficient document management can assist in avoiding omissions.

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What does software have to do with a frozen fuel oil in deck lines? - Friday, January 18, 2002

How much consistency can you get in warnings when you have no formal way of distributing training and familiarization information to vessels?
In such cases information technology can help by collecting and processing information from people and instruments; by presenting this information so that better decisions can be achieved; and by helping people overcome natural human shortcomings, and improve performance.
The application that will therefore be used, should be carefully chosen and interact with people. Information Technology must be designed to be compatible with the way people naturally think and work. Achieving these parameters the IT could effectively solve problems.

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What does software have to do with a frozen fuel oil in deck lines? - Friday, January 18, 2002

How much consistency can you get in warnings when you have no formal way of distributing training and familiarization information to vessels?
In such cases information technology can help by collecting and processing information from people and instruments; by presenting this information so that better decisions can be achieved; and by helping people overcome natural human shortcomings, and improve performance.
The application that will therefore be used, should be carefully chosen and interact with people. Information Technology must be designed to be compatible with the way people naturally think and work. Achieving these parameters the IT could effectively solve problems.

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ASC's Great Lakes Fleet to be Outfitted With Ulysses Systems' Task Assistant(TM) - Tuesday, December 11, 2001

DETROIT 11 December 2001: The American Steamship Company (ASC) and Ulysses Systems, Inc., a leading provider of computer products and services, have reached an agreement to install the latest version of Ulysses' Task Assistant(TM) ship management software on its fleet of Great Lakes vessels.

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Ulysses Systems opens new Singapore Office - Monday, December 03, 2001

SINGAPORE 3 December 2001: Ulysses Systems is at the forefront of providing technology to the shipping industry. The company, headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, has just opened its Asia office in Singapore. Its software,Task Assistant,provides an operating platform on which all of the ship management functions operate. Formed in 1996, the company's clients include giants in the industry around the world such as ExxonMobil and Lyras Shipping.

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Focusing on the job? - Monday, December 03, 2001

SINGAPORE 3 December 2001: In a time when technology is the buzzword that drives industries, Ulysses Systems Inc is intent on providing the shipping industry with innovative technology that simplifies rather than complicates daily work. Tom Leskie, CEO of Ulysses Systems Inc, announced at their office opening in Singapore today that the shipping industry needs smart maritime technology that focuses on the job and job processes.

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Ulysses Systems and Resurgence Software Form Strategic Alliance - Wednesday, November 28, 2001

NEW ORLEANS 28 November 2001: Resurgence Software and Ulysses Systems, Inc. have signed an agreement to formally integrate and jointly market their maritime software packages. The alliance will provide customers with an integrated software package that takes advantage of Ulysses Systems' advanced knowledge management and organizational features and Resurgence Software's equipment failure analysis and reliability benchmarking tools.

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The Science Behind the Solution. - Sunday, November 25, 2001

SINGAPORE 25 November 2001: If world-renowned cognitive psychologist and computer scientist Professor Roger Schank had his way, he'd want a complete revamp of the curricula of universities that produce followers and not thinkers.

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If you are uncomfortable using a software tool, can it be part of an efficient process? - Sunday, November 18, 2001

Intuitive access to a seamless information and reporting system is essential whether you are approving spares purchase quantities or planning a voyage.
A good decision and a quality process are dependent on easily accessed relevant information, appropriate reporting and well designed co-ordination.

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If you are uncomfortable using a software tool, can it be part of an efficient process? - Sunday, November 18, 2001

Intuitive access to a seamless information and reporting system is essential whether you are approving spares purchase quantities or planning a voyage.
A good decision and a quality process are dependent on easily accessed relevant information, appropriate reporting and well designed co-ordination.

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Ulysses Systems Announces Its Membership in the Microsoft Certified Partner Program - Tuesday, November 13, 2001

DETROIT 13 November 2001: Ulysses Systems Inc. today announced it is a new member of the Microsoft Certified Partner Program. This new status will enable Ulysses Systems to provide customers direct access to resources and training solutions to support Microsoft technologies and products.

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New regulations combined with routine expediting. Can we make sure we don't suffer omissions? - Thursday, October 18, 2001

During an intense voyage when one of the ships in your fleet is occupying you with a technical problem how likely are you to remember to send the master all the reminders and material to prepare for a pending oil company vetting inspection.
How likely are you to remind the chief engineer to remember to box up and put ashore a piston head for reconditioning? How well will you plan a downtime repair of another vessel?
There is no doubt that if you are concentrating on one area intensely something may slip by in another.

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New regulations combined with routine expediting. Can we make sure we don't suffer omissions? - Thursday, October 18, 2001

During an intense voyage when one of the ships in your fleet is occupying you with a technical problem how likely are you to remember to send the master all the reminders and material to prepare for a pending oil company vetting inspection.
How likely are you to remind the chief engineer to remember to box up and put ashore a piston head for reconditioning? How well will you plan a downtime repair of another vessel?
There is no doubt that if you are concentrating on one area intensely something may slip by in another.

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Integrating Maritime Operations - Ship Shore Communications (Digital Ship, Sep 1, 2001) - Saturday, September 01, 2001
The products of the ISM Solutions series by Ulysses Systems are Microsoft-based "local" databases, which are planned to be web-enabled in the near future.

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Total Life Cycle of Software - Saturday, August 18, 2001

The "total life cycle cost" of a system includes many factors, and license fees represent one of the smaller ones. If you estimate that you will use an application for 5 years (a very conservative outlook), then the impact that the application has on the business is by far the largest factor - much larger than even the cost of implementation.

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Managing ISM Compliance - Monday, July 30, 2001

A few years ago we attended meetings at IMO when the International Safety Management Code and its Guidelines were being drafted. That experience gave us an early warning about the future expectations from the industry. Whereas prior to ISM we already had to contend with controlled manuals and procedures these earlier experiences addressed much narrower areas of operations ...

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Business to Business e-Commerce Trends in Shipping - Monday, July 30, 2001

There is at present a large movement towards the preparation for the use of the Internet for maritime commerce. A number of new companies are emerging in the maritime field of Business-to-Business e-commerce, which are mainly built up from consortia of maritime companies such as owners, managers, financiers etc.

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Portals in shipping today - Monday, July 30, 2001

The problem with Portals in shipping today is that they have to achieve immense expertise in content management, marketing, service provision plus outstanding standards in software design and implementation all at the same time, or so they assume.

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Measuring and Monitoring the Effectiveness of ISM Code Compliance - Monday, July 30, 2001

Much effort is needed with statistical analysis to provide us with indications of what to do, whereas our own intuitive understanding as ship managers provides far quicker enactment of positive change. In other words, in shipping we can easily see where we need to improve so that there is no need for statistical analysis yet. Also, implementing the solutions to known safety and efficiency shortcomings is very time consuming, so by the time we implement the management changes, more statistics will be available. So, statistical analysis should come after you have identified all likely problem areas and made all possible efforts to eliminate them ...

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Making Knowledge Management Work - Monday, July 30, 2001

Many companies outside shipping use document management systems to provide some degree of uniform process and management of information. The Task Assistant, in offering role-related and task-related indexing, offers the following conceptual advantages over conventional document management systems.

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ISM safety or confusion? - Monday, July 30, 2001

The International Safety Management Code (ISM) now demands that all activities in shipping that in any way involve safety and the prevention of pollution, whether they be on board ship or ashore, are documented and are observed through procedures that can be readily checked. Every relevant communication and record has to be documented and filed in such a way they can be easily traced. It is demanding legislation.

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ISM demands better maintenance - Monday, July 30, 2001

The International Safety Management (ISM) Code has brought auditing to maintenance planning and to risk assessment of machinery. This has been the easy part. The difficult part is how to improve maintenance and reliability, which presumably is what the Code is all about.

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How to incorporate Risk Assessment - Monday, July 30, 2001

In the last decade, the shipping industry has seen the introduction of further and significant international legislation addressing maritime safety and pollution prevention. The most important of these new regulations are: the ISM Code, the STCW 95, OPA 90 and GMDSS. The new regulations have been led to a large extent by technical thinking, almost to the exclusion of the commercial realities that govern the industry ...

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Disseminating Corporate Memory - Monday, July 30, 2001

To obtain meaningful improvements in procedures as a result of corporate experience, the distribution of corporate experience must be such that, before each critical operation, the relevant operator is warned and advised to a degree sufficient to convince him to take into consideration the corporate experience when performing the critical operation.

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The Development of an Enterprise System for Ship Management in Accordance with the ISM Code - Monday, July 30, 2001

This paper charts the development of an innovative information system designed to support the information needs of management and operational personnel of shipping companies, with particular reference to enabling and maintaining compliance with the International Safety Management (ISM) code.

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Critical Issues of Computerisation for Ship Operators - Monday, July 30, 2001

Will computerisation make shipping companies significantly more profitable? The answer is probably not. Actually, it is a question of proportion. If your income as a shipping company is highly connected to the efficiency of your procedures maybe you can derive considerable improvement from well-conceived computerisation.

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Ulysses Systems (U.K.) Limited to take over marketing development of ISM Solutions - Thursday, July 19, 2001

LONDON 19 July 2001: Following a business restructuring, Ulysses Systems (UK) Limited has taken over the support, marketing and development of the ISM Solutions platform from Ulysses Marine Electronic Market Limited which was established in 1996 and was incorporated as a UK limited company in January 1997.

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Task Assistant as an Aid to Ship Vetting - Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Vetting inspections are becoming stricter and more demanding. Although most Shipping companies are able to comply with the requirements of the major oil companies, they often lose track of the rapid changes of these requirements which are recorded and kept in previous inspection records. Bearing in mind that these requirements vary from one oil company to another, the problem is compounded.

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Task Assistant as an Aid to Ship Vetting - Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Vetting inspections are becoming stricter and more demanding. Although most Shipping companies are able to comply with the requirements of the major oil companies, they often lose track of the rapid changes of these requirements which are recorded and kept in previous inspection records. Bearing in mind that these requirements vary from one oil company to another, the problem is compounded.

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Ulysses Systems brings experienced team to new US headquarters in Detroit - Thursday, July 12, 2001

DETROIT 12 July 2001: Ulysses Systems Inc., a leading worldwideprovider of computer products and services, has announced the opening of its US headquarters in Detroit/Livonia to serve the global maritime trade, in addition to the oil & gas and power generation industries.

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Ulysses Systems and Open Text Corp. form software development agreement - Monday, June 18, 2001

DETROIT 18 June 2001: Ulysses Systems Inc., a leading provider of computer products and services, and Open Text Corporation, a worldwide leader in collaborative commerce software for e-business, today announced an agreement that will enable the integration of both companies' software.

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Seatrade Safety At Sea Award (Intertanko Weekly News, Apr 11, 2001) - Wednesday, April 11, 2001
An INTERTANKO member Lyras Shipping Ltd and Ulysses Systems UK Ltd were recipients of the Innovation Award for 2000. On this occasion it was for the development of the Integrated Shipping Management Solutions (ISMS) system.

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Paper Work - A Safety Issue (Scandinavian Shipping Gazette, Mar 1 ,2001) - Thursday, March 01, 2001

At Goeteborg Shipping Week this January, a software product aimed at minimizing paperwork.

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The Odyssey of Ulysses (Digital Ship, Feb 1, 2001) - Thursday, February 01, 2001
The market for ship management software may be dominated by large, brutally competitive companies, but the success of small outfits like Ulysses Systems prove that there is room for the small guys too.

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Ideas About e-Procurement (Digital Ship, Jan 2, 2001) - Tuesday, January 02, 2001
Dimitris Lyras, managing director of Lyras Shipping, provides some ideas about maritime e-business.

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Lyras Guides System Award Win (Lloyd's List, Nov 1, 2000) - Wednesday, November 01, 2000
Plenty of London Greek shipping experience, combined with sound cognitive principles, has been channelled into the Task Assistant software platform, which was first launched in 1998 but this year garnered both the Lloyd's Ship Manager CITIS and Seatrade awards for innovation.

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Tailor Made System Gives Seafarers User-friendly Back-up (Lloyd's List, Sep 28, 2000) - Thursday, September 28, 2000
The ISM Code poses considerable challenges for users and enforcers alike, requiring, as it does, all activities onboard and ashore which in any way relate to safety and pollution prevention be documented and followed by auditable procedures. Furthermore, all relevant communications and records need to be documented and traceable.

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All Is well with 900 ambassadors onboard (International Cruise & Ferry Review, Sep 1, 2000) - Friday, September 01, 2000
If your flagship had embarked on a cruise with a full passenger roster of 2,500 including 900 VIPs you would be excited about the opportunities this could unfold. However you would, no doubt, feel obliged to make a few phone calls to ensure that at least 100 of your own "master diplomats" and indirectly 800 of your lower ranking "diplomats" did their part to make the best of this occasion.

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V Ships and Kuwait Oil Adopt Task Assistant Plafform (Ocean Voice, Sep 1, 2000) - Friday, September 01, 2000
Both V Ships and Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) have adopted the Task Assistant software platform, which was originally launched in 1998 as part of a joint development venture between Ulysses Systems and Lyras Shipping.

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Ship/Shore Coordination: Managers adopt Task Assistant S/W platform (Asian Shipping, Aug 1, 2000) - Tuesday, August 01, 2000

Kuwait Oil Tanker Co (KOTC) and V Ships are the latest companies to adopt the Task Assistant software platform which is designed to facilitate communication and coordination on board ship and between a company's offices and its fleet.

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Task Assistant Software Platform Finds Approval with KOTC and V Ships (Le Lloyd, Jul 26, 2000) - Wednesday, July 26, 2000
First launched in 1998, the Task Assistant software platform designed to facilitate communication and coordination on board ship and between a company's offices and its fleet, continues to win approval with major ship owners and managers.

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Tanker Owners Sign Up for Shipmanagement Program (Lloyd's List, Jul 20, 2000) - Thursday, July 20, 2000

Kuwait Oil Tanker Co and V Ships have become the latest shipowners to adopt Task Assistant, the software platform communicate and co-ordinate on board ship and between a shipowner's office and its fleet.

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Keeping Safety Simple (Compuship, Jun 1, 2000) - Thursday, June 01, 2000

Ulysses Systems won the Ocean Voice award for innovation in maritime IT and communication as well as the Seatrade 2000 award for Innovation. We talked to Dr Nikos Mikelis.

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CITIS Awards (Ocean Voice, Jun 1, 2000) - Thursday, June 01, 2000

The first CITIS awards were presented at the close of the first day of CITIS 2000, by Fotis Karamitsos of the European Commission. These three awards were introduced to recognise innovation in IT and communications in shipping.

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ISM Code: One man's burden, another man's opportunity (Baltic Exchange "Ship Management",Mar 1 1999) - Monday, March 01, 1999

A few years ago we attended meetings at IMO when the International Safety Management Code and its Guidelines were being drafted. That experience gave us an early warning about the regulators' expectations from the industry.

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ISM Software: Turning Burdens into Opportunities? (Compuship, Jun 1, 1998) - Monday, June 01, 1998

With the second of the three crucial ISM-Code implementation deadlines now upon the shipping industry, attention has been focussing on the ability of administrative software packages to help companies gain ISM certification.

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ISM Software Claims New Approach (Fairplay Solutions, Jun 1, 1998) - Monday, June 01, 1998

A software package that is designed to simplify implementing the ISM Code uses a system of modules

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ISM Code Remains a Dominant Concern (Lloyd's List, Nov 17, 1997) - Monday, November 17, 1997

Probably uppermost among the many regulatory issues preying on the minds of Greek shipping executives internationally is the International Safety Management Code (ISM).

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Easing the Burden of ISM Compliance (Lloyd's List, May 11, 1997) - Sunday, May 11, 1997

We called it the "brains book" and it contained within its hard covers most of what we needed to know about the way we operated our ship.

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