Making Ports More Efficient since 1985

Saab Technologies Ltd. (formerly Klein Systems Group Ltd.) is an international software and services company specializing in enterprise software solutions for maritime ports and pilotages. The company was founded in 1985 by Peter Klein as Klein Systems Group Ltd. It was acquired by Saab AB in 2012 and changed its name to Saab Technologies Ltd. in 2015. The company’s head office is located in Vancouver, Canada and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab AB. It is certified ISO 9001:2008. In 2016, Saab acquired Phaeros BVBA, a Belgian company, founded in 1999, providing off-the-shelf software applications dedicated to the port and cargo terminal industry. Phaeros’ installed base in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australia and product expertise in terminal management significantly added to the depth and expertise of the Ports and Terminals product segment of Saab Maritime Traffic Management. In addition to Vancouver, Saab now has offices  in Antwerp, Belgium and Chennai, India engaged in supplying and supporting port and terminal management solutions.

Saab has over 30 years of experience delivering software solutions for maritime ports, terminals, vessel traffic and coastal surveillance organizations, pilotage authorities, tug operators and maritime community systems. We make a positive difference in the business of maritime operations by providing leading software and service solutions through customer commitment and unparalleled business understanding. Our mission is to make our customers more efficient.

Saab Technologies Ltd. and the Ports and Terminals product segment are part of the Maritime Traffic Management product area of Saab AB. Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

Our People

Saab Technologies’ dedicated and talented staff of over 30 people has more than 200 years of combined experience in maritime operations and related software. Its technical and sales teams have developed deep subject matter expertise in maritime business and operations practices.

Pavel Skournik – Head of Ports and Terminals

KleinSystems-1005-2Pavel Skournik was appointed Head of Ports and Terminals in 2017. He was previously VP Operations and has been with the company since 1997 when he was hired as a software developer. Pavel has progressed through a series of roles in systems analysis and software development.  During that time he has been engaged in the design and development of a broad range of pilot, port and terminal software systems including having the lead role for the current KleinPort and KleinPilot applications. Prior to joining Saab Pavel was a software developer with National Semiconductor in Israel. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Mattias Wågman– Acting Head of Marketing & Sales

Mattias Photo smallMattias Wagman was appointed acting head of Marketing and Sales in 2017. He has been with Saab for over 10 years since he first joined in 2007. Prior to joining the Saab Technologies team in Vancouver, Mattias was responsible for all the sales & marketing in the Asia/Pacific region for Saab’s TransponderTech head office in Linköping Sweden. His focuses are mainly with Saab’s AIS products and Network systems as well as the VTS and Coastal Surveillance system solutions. Mattias’s knowledge of Saab’s advanced system solutions, enables him to help our customer’s find an optimal system solution that will cater to their vessel traffic, operations and maritime needs. Mattias also holds a B.Sc Degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Linköping

Nico Berx – Acting Head of Marketing & Sales

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Nico Berx is acting head of Marketing and Sales. Nico, has a M.Sc degree in Electronics Engineering and Computer Sciences and has over 25 years of experience in Ports and Terminal in various roles and areas: equipment, terminal operating systems, port management systems, technology, design of ports and terminals, process design and optimisation, consultancy and managing investments in ports and terminals. Nico is passionate about technology and solutions to enable ports and terminals to do better for their customers while keeping a close eye on their profitability and efficiency. Nico is looking forward to exploring together with you how your organisation will benefit from Saab’s solutions and products.

David Dagert –  Director Business Development

Image result for david Dagert saabDavid Dagert was promoted to Director Business Development in 2013. He has over six years global sales experience with Saab Technologies and over 25 years in the software industry. Prior to joining the company, he was engaged in software solution sales to the international shipping industry. David has a degree in computer science.


David Lloyd – Business Development Director

David Lloyd rejoined the company in a sales and marketing role in January 2014. He was previously with the company from 2002 to 2008 in VP and COO roles. He has over fifteen years’ experience in the software industry which followed an extensive career in commercial deep sea shipping. David has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Transportation and Finance from the University of British Columbia.

Charles Paterson – Business Development Director

Charles Paterson has been with the company since 2001. He has over 30 years of experience in the aviation and maritime transportation industries, including ten years in the shipping industry as vessel fleet operator. Charles has a BA in Economics from Bishop’s University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.


Everhardus (Van) van den Heuvel – Business Development Director

IMG_4633-001Everhardus (Van) van den Heuvel has been with Saab since 2012.  Van has over ten years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence. His career also includes senior roles in the telecommunications, industrial control and defence equipment industries.  Prior to joining Saab Technologies Van was responsible for Saab’s Naval and Public Safety portfolio for Canada.  He has a BASc. Engineering (Electrical) and MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Tom De Smedt – Director Marketing & Sales

TOM PIC 7Tom De Smedt joined Saab Technologies in 2016 as a result of the acquisition of Phaeros where he was responsible for marketing & sales worldwide for the previous 9 years. Prior to Phaeros, Tom worked in different sales roles with Cosmos for over 8 years and has thus gathered nearly 2 decades of experience in maritime software solutions and processes globally. Tom has a Masters degree in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp and a Post Graduate degree in Law & Management of ICT from the University of Namur.

Sheila Xu – Controller

Sheila Xu has been company Controller since 2008 and has a CPA, CGA designation. She has over twenty years accounting and three years auditing experience in global companies. Prior to joining the firm, Ms Xu was a controller with Dalian Searich Sino-British College in China. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Dalian Polytechnic University in China and a Bachelor of Business administration degree from Simon Fraser University.

Lei Zhao – Principal Software Engineer

Lei Zhao has been a member of the Saab Technologies’ development team for over ten years and is the system architect and analyst for KleinPort’s N-tier technology and application business rules. He has also been the senior team lead for the configuration and deployment of a number of major KleinPort systems. Lei has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Southeast University of China.