Saab to Supply KleinPilot to Great Lakes Pilotage Authority and U.S. Coast Guard

May 19, 2016

Defense and security company Saab has been awarded separate contracts from the Canadian Great Lakes Pilotage Authority and the Great Lake Pilotage Division of the United States Coast Guard to upgrade their Great Lakes Pilot Management System to the latest version of Saab’s KleinPilot.

1The new KleinPilot system will replace the existing Saab supplied system installed in 2006. It will be used by the two organizations and the three U.S. Great Lakes pilotage associations to manage and coordinate the dispatch of marine pilots on the Great Lakes and automatically generate billing in accordance with the applicable tariffs. Saab will host and administer the shared system on behalf of the two organizations on a secure site to ensure the confidentiality of the parties and data.

The KleinPilot is based on Saab’s state-of-the-art N-Tier management information system platform and will include the following new features and functionality: Fully web based user interface to facilitate easy user access

  • Agent web portal for agents to submit pilotage requests and monitor assignment status
  • Pilot web portal (and optional iPhone application) to receive assignments, record job information and submit time cards

The new system is scheduled to commence use in live production for the start of the Great Lakes navigation season in March 2017.

The Great Lakes Pilotage Authority is a Canadian federal crown corporation responsible for providing a safe and efficient pilotage service within the Great Lakes region for commercial vessels.

The U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes Pilotage Program is a specialized program that manages the processes and procedures for the United States registered pilots on the Great Lakes.

Pilotage within the international waters of the Great Lakes is managed by the two organizations under a memorandum of arrangements between Canada and the United States.

KleinPilot is a product of the Maritime Traffic Management product area of Saab, a leading provider of Maritime Enterprise Software.


Saab Exhibiting at 10th IHMA Congress May 30th – June 2nd, 2016 in Vancouver

December 15, 2015

We are looking forward to being part of the 10th International Harbour Master Association Congress being held in Vancouver May 30th –  June 2nd, 2016. The theme is Global Port & Marine Operations “Port Expansion – the Challenges”. Saab Technologies Managing Director, Pete Behrendt will be speaking on Day 1 of the congress on “Collaborative Decision Making and the Port Common Operating Picture”.

We invite you to visit the Saab Maritime Traffic Management booth to see our latest product offerings in port management systems, VTMIS, coastal surveillance, AIS and portable pilot units.

Visit the congress web site for more information: 10th IHMA Congress.


Saab Hosts 2015 KleinPort Customer Advisory Meetings in Darwin

September 14, 2015

Saab Technologies Ltd. hosted its annual KleinPort Customer Advisory meetings in Darwin, Australia from August 18th to 21st, 2015. This year’s attendees included representatives from Darwin Port Corp., Flinders Ports Plc, Fremantle Ports Authority, Maritime Safety Queensland, Pilbara Ports Authority, PNG Ports Corp. Ltd. and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Darwin VTS CentreThe Customer Advisory meetings provide a regular opportunity for Saab Technologies management to meet with KleinPort customers and partners to exchange views and information about Saab’s product development plans and the customers’ actual experiences with their KleinPort systems.

“The KleinPort user group represents ports and authorities that hold responsibility for over 70% of port traffic in Australia,” said Peter Behrendt, Saab Technologies’ Managing Director. “We had very productive discussions including Port Collaborative Decision Making (Port CDM) concepts and the latest KleinPort developments.”

The meetings included a tour of the Port of Darwin’s VTS centre (pictured) where port staff use an integrated Saab KleinPort and Saab V-3000 VTMIS to safely manage port traffic.

The next Customer Advisory meetings are scheduled for May 24th – 27th, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada to coincide with the 2016 International Harbour Masters Association (IHMA) Congress being conducted in Vancouver May 30th – June 2nd.

Saab Technologies Ltd. (previously Klein Systems Group Ltd.) is a Saab Defence and Security company, and a leading provider of Maritime Enterprise Software.

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