Member of the Spliethoff group, Wijnne Barends is Europe’s leading short sea operator specialising in the transport of timber, peatmoss, steel sheets and cable, as well as a range of other dry cargo. With a fleet of over 30 vessels Wijnne Barends trades
in all European littoral waters, from the White Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south. Wijnne Barends also offer services to captain-owners, including chartering, crewing, financial management, ISPS certification, insurance, and technical management.
Wijnne Barends has been using ShipNet for over 15 years, and it plays a key role in chartering, operations, and accounting. Peter Mooij, Controller Operations, feels that “ShipNet gives us a good grip on the data, we know what is coming in, and what is
going out, and it allows us to check the business process, which minimises the risk of errors going unnoticed.”
As soon as the Chartering Department are offered a cargo they input it into the ShipNet Voyage Estimator, using it as a supplement to the experience of their charterers, to establish if it is of interest. In this the ability to rely on ShipNet for accurate
steaming distances, historic costs, and vessel data that has been entered is valuable.With the baseline voyage set up, ShipNet provides an environment to store relevant information about the projected voyage, and gives them a starting point for negotiations
with other parties, ensuring that the ultimately fixed voyage will be profitable. Once this is established, the voyage can be fixed and passed to operations.
The ShipNet generated fixture note allows information to be sent to the vessel, agents, and brokers, as well as importing voyage estimates into the ShipNet Position Book for use by operations. At present vessel information is updated daily through importing
an Excel form submitted by the vessel, however through 2012 a project to implement ShipNet Vessel Reporting System will automate a lot of the recording of vessel performance data. With the fixture receipt and pro forma DAs in the Position Book
all the relevant voyage details are also available to the accounting department, who use the ShipNet Finance and Accounting package.
Wijnne Barends’ use of ShipNet has increased over the years, according to Peter Mooij, “we’ve been using ShipNet since 1996, and we’re still learning ways in which we can make more of the system”. Demonstrating this, the integration capabilities of ShipNet
are being used to make linkages between operations and accounting, such as using ShipNet to generate invoices.
Wijnne Barends is one of the only European shortsea operators to be actively engaged in new builds, bringing vessels into service that are optimised for current prevailing trading conditions. With their modern fleet and robust processes supported by ShipNet
software they are confident they are well equipped to meet the challenges of the future.
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