Ocean Transportation News — July, 2008

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GAC Sets Up New Company in Kazakhstan; Focuses on Central Asia
GAC, a Swedish provider of shipping, logistics and marine services, has established a new operation in Kazakhstan. GAC Kazakhstan LLP was registered in Almaty, the country's capital and commercial center. GAC's initial goal was to secure logistics business conducted with GAC China, which has seen significant growth over the past two to three years, the company said. That business consists primarily of movements from...
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CargoGulf Speeds Up NVO Services From U.K. to the Middle East
CargoGulf, a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVO), is now offering faster transit from the United Kingdom to the Middle East. The company has begun direct groupage services to...
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Container Management Systems Launches IBC Savings Calculator
SAP AG has made available a new software application, which allows companies to measure, report and consume energy. The vendor's Industry Value Network group for chemicals has worked to develop energy-management capabilities within SAP's Environmental Compliance application. The group set out to create a tool that would...
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Tideworks Technology Debuts Graphical Application for Marine Terminal Ops
Tideworks Technology Inc., a vendor of software for marine terminal management and planning, has created DigitalBridge. The Web-based graphical application allows terminal personnel to monitor activities in real time. It offers visibility into key performance indicators. An easy-to-use browser interface presents terminal data using...
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Service Is 'Sterling' and Costs Are Lower at Crowley Maritime
A conversation with Tom Sheridan, manager of information technology at Crowley Maritime, Jacksonville, Fla.
Crowley Maritime Corp. is a family- and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation, logistics and emergency response services in domestic and international markets. To better manage its six divisions and automate business-to-business communications, the company recently implemented the Gentran Integration Suite (GIS) from Sterling Commerce, a division of AT&T based in Columbus, Ohio.

Q: How did you become involved with this software implementation project at Crowley?

Sheridan: I joined Crowley in the early '90s as a pricing analyst. I had been recruited after Crowley purchased a solution from my previous employer, a company called DXI, which had developed software to automate tariff filings in the shipping industry. DXI had a contract with the Federal Maritime Commission and also developed a product for...
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