January 3, 2004
March, 2004. The Tampa Bays Pilots Association have implemented the KlienPilot Dispatch and Billing application. The system manages the rotation and dispatch of pilots from stations at Egmont Key and the Port of Tampa Bay. A special feature concerning ‘Safety Zones’ was added to the system to keep additional vessel traffic out of specified areas when certain ship types are transiting these secure zones.
The system also identifies vessel conflicts; at double booked berths, in certain high risk channels, and for excessive vessel draft. Klein provided an Internet interface which allows pilots, agents and the general public to have different levels of secure interaction with the system. The Klein Billing module automatically creates invoices on completed pilotage jobs and interfaces this information with the existing 3rd party Financial Accounting package.
February, 2004. Klein was asked to prepare a paper for conference delegates on the topic of ‘Integrating VTS with Port Operations’, at the 10th International Symposium on Vessel Traffic Services as organized by the Marine Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKMD) and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).
David Lloyd wrote the paper which was presented to delegates by Charles Paterson in Hong Kong on February 10, 2004. Klein is well qualified to comment on this topic as it has been supplying ports with vessel traffic software solutions since the 1980’s, and is now capable of enhancing the Management Information Systems data base aspects of any VTS system having recently developed a full set of MIS-VTS interface specifications. The integration of these two systems enables confirmation of VTS targets from the MIS list of scheduled vessels traffic as well as real time way point and ETA updates from the radar and AIS information on the VTS side.
January, 2004. Klein has implemented a comprehensive Tug Dispatch, Billing and Accounting system to manage ship assist activities at all US East and Gulf Coast operations centers for Moran Towing Corp. of Greenwich, CT. Klein is now supplying three new system enhancements to assist in the management of customer financial transactions.
These include ‘Generic Cash’ which allows Moran to apply a single agent payment to multiple invoices for separate vessel owners. The new ‘Consolidated Billing’ feature enables multiple and varied vessel owner accounts to be billed to a single vessel agent. The ‘Commissions and Rebates’ enhancement, currently in progress, provides for sophisticated performance based account evaluations involving retroactive calculations to determine the correct level customer entitlements.