Load Management Software For Dry-Bulk Vessels By Autoship Systems Creates Waves

Autoship Systems Corporation (ASC) of Vancouver, Canada has recently released Autoload/Bulk 6.0 – a loading instrument software with specific features tailored to meet key requirements of dry-bulk cargo vessels. Autoload/Bulk has features that will improve load management efficiency, increase safety of operation, plus help meet Class requirements and local jurisdiction environmental regulations.

Product Features
Autoload/Bulk 6.0 has a very well laid out graphical use interface that clearly displays strength and stability, allows easy tank management, and has vessel views that are both realistic and precise. The strength and stability information to be displayed may be configured by the user. In addition, the user has the option to have the data updated either automatically or on demand. The Autoload/Bulk 6.0 tank and weight dialogues are logical in their function, and very easy to use. Sensor connections (if fitted) can be used to update tank data automatically. Dry-bulk weight data includes cargo properties such as stowage factor. However, what really makes Autoload/Bulk 6.0 a program for bulk operators are the following new features:

  • Loading And Unloading Sequence Development
    Loading and unloading sequence of tanks and holds can be readily prepared far in advance of actual loading or unloading, thus ensuring that all pertinent stability and strength limits are not exceeded during the actual loading/unloading process. Any number of steps may be included in the sequence. Edit, save and report functions are complete and easy to use. 
  • Ballast Exchange Preparation
    Ballasting sequence can be easily setup, all the while monitoring strength and stability parameters. Easy to use editing, saving and reporting functions are included. 
  • Longitudinal Strength Curves Always Visible
    LS strength curves of bending moment and shear force along with the respective limit curves are superimposed on a profile of the vessel. Because they are always visible, a problem can be readily seen. 
  • Bulkhead Shear Force Correction
    Shear force correction is calculated for double-bottom vessels and alternative hold loading as per DNV and Lloyd’s Register requirements. 
  • Damage Stability Assessment
    Single and multi-hold damage stability is assessed in real-time, taking into account cargo permeability.

It is also important to note that Autoload/Bulk is a true first principles program – unlike some of its competitors. The unique hydrostatic engine of Autoload/Bulk 6.0 ensures that all stability data at any angle of heel and trim are fully accurate. Many of Autoload‘s competitors are only first principles with respect to a vessel’s hull, and not its tanks.

These features translate into the following benefits:

  • Improve Load Management Efficiency
    The accurate, easy to develop loading and unloading sequence and ballast exchange functions ensure smooth operation with predictable results.
  • Increase Safety Of Operation
    During the development of a loading/unloading sequence, the user creates a series of steps defining the loading changes. At each step, the program displays all key stability and strength values. In addition, the program graphically displays the longitudinal strength curve. These features allow the user to develop and monitor safe vessel conditions at all times.
  • Meet Local Jurisdiction Environmental And Class Regulatory Requirements
    Autoload 6.0’s ballast exchange function allows the user to develop accurate ballasting/de-ballasting operations that will meet local jurisdiction ballast regulatory requirements whilst still ensuring that vessel stability and strength parameters remain within acceptable limits. Bulkhead shear force correction, as well as single and multi-hold damage assessment functions are key in helping the program user develop vessel conditions that meet Class requirements.