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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 

Autoship Systems Corporation (ASC) of Vancouver, Canada has delivered its Autoload Onboard Stability software to Polaris Marine of Australia for Tasmanian Ports Corporationís (TasPort) new purpose-built landing craft, 'John Duigan'.

Autoload offers a simple-to-understand display of key hydrostatic values that are critical for safe vessel operations, freeing the user to focus on critical decisions because the system takes care of all the needed calculations required for operational planning and actual operations in terms of stability and longitudinal strength. Autoload has controls for weights, tank loads and external forces such as wind. Because a 3D model is used, rather than look-up tables, an accurate prediction of behaviour can be achieved. Additional modules can be added for more specific control of cargo weights. The Bay Plan module handles containers, the Deck Plan module deals with Ro-Ro cargo and the Crane module simulates the effect of lifting dry and/or immersed cargo with single or double cranes. For every module, the stability and strength parameters are updated as cargo is moved, providing up-to-the-minute guidance on safety and compliance. Autoload can be connected directly to the fleet’s booking system to import cargo booking and vessel scheduling data. 3D cargo stowage plans are easily developed using Autoload to see the stowage of cargo on deck in 3D view. Autoload also connects to the on-board tank sensor system.

TasPorts subsidiary Bass Island Lines will operate the John Duigan to meet the freight needs of the communities on King Island in Bass Straight, Australia. The decks were designed to fit a variety of various-size containers, bulk, vehicles, livestock and project cargo. The vessel also has a large refrigeration capacity.

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