Stena Line Group is an
international transport and travel service company operating
Europe's most comprehensive route network. With 5,700 employees, 35
vessels and 19 ferry routes in Scandinavia and around the United
Kingdom and connections between eight countries, Stena Line has a
significant share in all its market sectors.
Stena demands maximum efficiency and safety across its
activities, so when building the IT system supporting its freight
operations the company selected Hazcheck
Toolkits for the database of IMDG Code regulated
cargoes behind its booking procedures. In addition to reducing IT
project development time and cost, incorporating Hazcheck Toolkits
data and programmes means that Stena's systems are continuously
updated by Exis Technologies in line with currently implemented
IMDG Code Amendments and errata.
Kevin Arman, Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor for
Stena Line Limited said, "Stena Line has always invested
intelligently in our internal business support systems, to ensure
we deliver maximum efficiency for our own staff and more
importantly to provide the highest levels of service to our
customers. We consider very carefully any externally developed
software that is to be incorporated into our own systems. So a
number of years ago, when designing and then building our existing
IT systems which support our operational activities, the Company
selected Exis Technologies as our partner - to provide a
computerised version of the IMDG Code that could be fully
integrated into our Freight reservations and check-in system.
Because we continue to work with Exis this also demonstrates our
confidence in their products and satisfaction at the excellent
levels of support they provide to us, in respect to what is a very
important cargo to all within the transportation industry.
The main reason is that Hazcheck Toolkits is effectively an
electronic mirror-image (as a database) of the IMDG Code and
thereby handles all such regulated cargoes according to the IMDG
Code accurately and efficiently within our booking routines to
support our operational procedures. In addition this reduces our
own IT-related development time and costs, as the incorporation of
the Hazcheck Toolkits data and programmes means that these critical
parts of our systems are always current, by regularly uploading
updated files provide by Exis Technologies which correspond with
the current amendment in force of the IMDG Code and its errata.
As safety is always our primary objective, we have extended our
business relationship recently by investing in
Code e-learning courses designed and hosted
by Exis. This course framework allows us to provide a very
effective training programme to our shoreside and seagoing
personnel (new and existing), ensuring we meet our legal
obligations relating to the training of shore-side personnel in
accordance with the provisions of Chapter 1.3 of the IMDG Code.
Stena Line are delighted to have Exis Technologies as our
preferred supplier in relation to their computerised products
relating to hazardous cargo, to complement the primary version of
the Code (books) we have always used operationally, and because
they do provide exceptional service to us".
Toolkits are DG databases and a library of
routines for incorporation into cargo booking, handling and
planning systems. These provide dangerous goods validation
functionality for integration into an existing or planned system or
e-learning is a cost-effective online training
tool for all shore side staff involved in the handling and
transport of dangerous goods by sea. It was developed
with the support of the International Maritime
Organization, and gives high quality training that complies
with both the general awareness and function specific training
requirements in the IMDG Code.