Höegh Autoliners, a leading global provider of Ro/Ro (Roll On/Roll Off) vehicle transportation services, today announced that it has chosen AIMMS optimization technology and Ab Ovo as implementation partner to develop its own integrated planning solution. Höegh Autoliners owns and operates about 55 PCTC vessels (Pure Car and Truck Carriers) in global trade systems, making around 3,000 port calls per year. The company’s customers range from international car manufacturers to producers of heavy construction machinery and rolling goods. Therefore, its flexible fleet is designed to cater to a variety of rolling stock for the various industries. The goal of the Business Planning System is to ensure optimal fleet balance and allocate each vessel to its respective ideal trade.
“We take pride in having a very flexible fleet, but to maintain that level of flexibility and operate in the most cost-efficient way, we were in need of a solution that would allow us to simulate and optimize critical business decisions,” says Christian Olsen, Business Solutions at Höegh Autoliners AS. “Are we allocating the right vessels for each trade? How should we structure and compose our fleet to maximize profits going forward? These are all important questions which need the appropriate decision support for using the AIMMS-based Business Planning System (BPS).”
The BPS will replace physical (file-based) handovers between planning levels and offer a single planning database that provides relevant and up-to-date planning information to all stakeholders. It offers an integrated solution which combines forecasted demand data, available resources and customer and production commitments. The BPS will support the company’s planners in a controlled and cooperative manner, enabling them to evaluate different planning scenarios and react to unexpected changes in a timely manner. Using a friendly user interface that facilitates collaboration across the company’s 20+ global offices, planners will be able to:
Add and remove vessels from each trade
- Add and remove ports per schedule
- Change demand forecasts
- Add and remove trades
- Restructure trades and loops
Höegh Autoliners CEO Ingar Skiaker said: “With a market that is increasingly dynamic and cost focused, we as a transportation provider must frequently make quick decisions on where to deploy our vessels for the best service while making the most efficient use of our vessels. Such decisions require qualified analysis and this is where AIMMS computing power comes in. Their system will assist us in creating correct analyses at a fast pace, enabling us to serve the market even better.”
The AIMMS-based solution will be delivered by Ab Ovo and the Höegh Autoliners team. The Ab Ovo Group, selected by Höegh Autoliners for their insight and knowledge of the maritime industry, is proud to be of service to Höegh Autoliners. “Our main objective is to improve, together with the Höegh project team, the forward steering capabilities of this leading Car Carrier” said Mr. W.J. Groenewoud, CEO of the Ab Ovo Group.
“We are pleased to see that Höegh Autoliners is using AIMMS technology to support its global planning processes.” added AIMMS VP EMEA Christophe Frère.
About Ab Ovo
Ab Ovo is an innovative and independent business & software solutions provider. We provide business consultancy and interim management as well as highly specialized software solutions. Ab Ovo is a key player in the field of European logistics with extensive experience and expertise in supply chain management, logistic processes and advanced planning, scheduling & optimization solutions. We deliver unique software solutions based on in-house software development and specialist third-party software from a select number of highly innovative partners. Offices are located in the Netherlands (Rotterdam and Amsterdam), Germany (Düsseldorf) and Sweden (Stockholm).
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AIMMS is an innovative technology company with offices in Europe, the US and Asia. For over 25 years, the company has been developing and selling a unique mathematical optimization platform. AIMMS customers can create high business impact with optimization engines and solutions that enable optimal decision making on complex strategic, tactical or operational problems.
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