Shipping software company expands senior leadership team

IT and Communications, Liner Shipping and Trade, Ship Agencies — By on February 28, 2017 at 4:27 PM

Nik Wittern

Softship Data Processing GmbH Ltd – the global provider of liner and agent software applications – has expanded its global sales team with the appointment of a new Sales Director for its operations across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America. The move follows the launch of the company’s ‘Softship Advanced Port Agency Solution’ (SAPAS) software, a cloud-based workflow management system designed specifically for ship agents.

Nik Wittern takes up the role of Sales Director with primary responsibility for developing the company’s regional profile amongst ship agency businesses. He joins the Hamburg-headquartered global IT company with a wealth of sales, marketing and project management experience across the maritime and logistics industries spanning ship owners and container leasing companies through to ports and engineering companies.

Softship, which provides a range of software solutions for container lines, break-bulk and ship agency businesses both large and small, claims that increased demand for its SAPAS software is a response to sustained pressure on ship agents and their ability to operate at a profit.

Nik Wittern, commented: “Ship agency is not a high margin business, but these companies – which are critical to the entire shipping supply chain – face sustained pressure on their ability to operate at a profit and provide a high-quality service. Softship’s SAPAS technology, which is designed specifically for ship agency businesses, can enable them to operate every element of their business efficiently. From rapidly generating automated offers through to managing port calls and sending flawless disbursement accounts while they are on the move in port. This gives them a significant advantage over agency businesses that cannot operate with the same agility.”

Softship’s range of software solutions have been installed in more than 120 shipping companies worldwide, and are designed to streamline and deliver efficiencies to the many processes that comprise shipping operations, from commercial, operations, equipment control, finance and more. The company’s modular solutions are tailored to meet the needs of each business, and also provide a range of business management tools that allow shipping executives to carefully analyse their commercial and operational activities.

The company is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, and has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2001 (ISIN: DE0005758304). It also operates offices in Miami, Manila and Singapore and employs around 100 people, all of whom have in-depth shipping knowledge.

Softship.SAPAS is available from http://www.softship.com/sapas

About Softship

Softship is the leading provider of software solutions and related services to the international liner shipping and agency industry. Founded in 1989, Softship’s software has been installed in more than 120 companies across the world. Its software products are designed to streamline and deliver efficiencies to the many processes that comprise liner shipping (commercial, operations, equipment control, finance and more) as well as providing a range of business management tools that allow shipping executives to fully analyse their commercial and operational activities.

Flexibility is achieved through Softship’s modular format where clients purchase or lease only the solutions they require. Software can be easily modified to meet specific market or company requirements and is delivered as a locally installed application or through a hosted solution. Packaged suites of software applications are available for principals, agents and NVOCCs. Tailored versions are also available for shortsea and feeder operators.

The company is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany and has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2001 (ISIN: DE0005758304). It also operates offices in Miami, Manila and Singapore and employs around 100 people, all of whom have in-depth shipping knowledge.

More information is available at www.softship.com

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