New Product Partnership Enables a Smoother Experience at Port
Harbor Lab, an innovative e-disbursements platform for Shipowners, Ship Management companies and Charterers, and Veson Nautical, the global market leader for commercial maritime software, have announced a secure, turnkey integration between their two systems. The product partnership will enable joint clients to intentionally share relevant data between the Veson IMOS Platform (VIP) and Harbor Lab, streamlining engagements with local port agencies to drive time and cost savings.
Harbor Lab provides an end-to-end Disbursement Accounting (DA) processing solution designed to give immediate access to vital port and disbursement information and free up valuable resources for Disbursements departments.
With over 8,000 port calls processed to date, the Harbor Lab platform’s Disbursement Accounting Tool brings Shipowners and agents together through one online port directory. The solution brings enhanced visibility and efficiency to the process of selecting, nominating, or appointing a port agent, evaluating disbursement accounts, and checking port costs. Shipowners and operators can allocate the costs associated with each vessel call and make important decisions based on this information, which can result in significant savings.
“Traditional paper-based disbursement accounting is administrative-heavy, involves complex communications chains, and has significant room for error,” said Antonis Malaxianakis, CEO, Harbor Lab. “Harbor Lab’s DA Tool entirely streamlines this process and empowers the vessel operator to oversee their expenses in-house through their own Disbursement Accounting teams using technology and algorithms. Accurate port data drives the DA Tool and gives complete visibility of tariffs and other port fees that the operator may otherwise find difficult to clarify.”
Combining Harbor Lab’s powerful disbursement accounting capabilities with the broader operational workflows within the Veson IMOS Platform allows for a truly process-driven workflow. Operators can securely nominate Harbor Lab as the Hub Agent from within VIP, and then seamlessly receive accurate Port Disbursement details directly into VIP, thereby streamlining the process, while ensuring accuracy. With a more streamlined process, mutual clients can realise operational and financial efficiencies by simplifying communications with their agency hub partners.
Mr. Malaxianakis added: “Through Harbor Lab’s partnership with Veson Nautical our mutual clients can integrate their fleet management data with verified port tariffs and costs to make powerful commercial decisions. The collaboration brings the industry digitalised solutions that create visibility and transparency.”
“We at Veson are very pleased to welcome Harbor Lab to the Veson Partner Network, which was created to simplify our clients’ digital data-streams by leveraging tried and true integrations to form strategic collaborations with other best-of-breed solutions,” said Jere Richardson, Chief Commercial Officer, Veson Nautical.
“Agent activity, document handling, and Port Disbursement management are essential to successful and profitable voyage operations. This integration helps unlock a new level of transparency and efficiency for our clients by allowing the secure and automatic exchange of data needed to discharge and invoice their customers as activities progress. Our goal is to help facilitate a smoother experience at port.”