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Multiload© for Windows
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MULTILOAD© for Windows is SMM (UK) Ltd.'s highly innovative loading software/instrument system to carry out the complex and tiresome ship loading calculations. It is one of the most efficient, yet friendly packages of the international shipping market. Today most ships, including newbuildings are equipped with Loading Instruments that just cover basic Class Requirements. MULTILOAD goes far beyond the basics, in order to become a major tool in the hands of Ship Operation and the Captain Onboard for more than 1000 vessels.
Special MULTILOAD Options for Bulk Carriers

Draft Survey

Before and after any loading or discharging operation it is necessary to perform a Draft Survey. In MULTILOAD we have incorporated as an option our Draft Survey Option allowing the Master to perform Draft Survey Analysis correctly and accurately. This Option not only does the calculation but also gives detailed instructions of how to perform a Draft Survey, through extensive On-Line Help. 

Cargo Loading Sequence with Report (including “free mode” method) 

This NEW Multiload Option “Cargo Loading Sequence with report” including “Free Mode” method is a total solution to the requirement for Bulk Carriers to prepare a Loading or Unloading Plan before arriving to the Terminal (as per Common Structural Rules Chapter 4, Section 8, par. 2.1.2, where the Loading / Unloading Sequence is to be agreed with the terminal on the basis of achievable rates of change of ballast).

During Ship Loading/Unloading in Port it is very important that the Master is in a position to give a step by step report as to what quantities of cargo from which holds should be loaded / discharged.

This MULTILOAD-Option generates and prints the loading/discharging sequence. Most importantly it checks at many intermediate stages (every 2,5 minutes real time loading or unloading cargo) the Stability or Strength as well as Drafts, Trim and other ship parameters.

At the end of each stage you get remarks if some parameters have exceeded permissible values. 

Air Draft Calculation From Hatches 

This MULTILOAD Option presents on screen the air drafts from the mid point of Cargo Hatches. Additionally there is a custom point where you can input any of its coordinates and obtain the Air Draft for the current loading condition. The same option prepares a printed report with Air Draft Information. 

Multiload warning regarding SOLAS Chapter XII- Regulation 14 

After 1st July 2006, all bulk carriers of 150 m in length reaching the age of 10 years (keel laying date), must comply with SOLAS Chapter XII-Regulation 14 – New Safety Requirements for Bulk Carriers “Restriction from sailing with any hold empty”.

In Multiload you can have warning indicators with regard to Regulation 14 above. This warning will appear on the weight input screen of Multiload as well as on the first page of all Multiload print outs. 

Departure - Arrival Calculation

A unique tool for instant creation of Arrival Condition from the Departure, or visa versa. Ideal for Panama Canal Transit. Automatically takes into account voyage miles, speed, consumption, ROB’s, desired safety margins, FO, DO, and FW tank capacities and consumption sequences as well as any bunkering operations. 

Max. Allowable Steel Coils Loading 

This Option offers a unique advantage to all Multiload and Non-Multiload users. Given the Length and Weight of any given Coil, for a particular Cargo Hold this Study in the form of Manual and/or Multiload Option, determines the Maximum Number of Tiers (1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, etc.) of Coils that can be loaded with 2, 3, or 4 Numbers of Dunnage respectively. 

Ship Loading Plan on screen 

With this MULTILOAD Option you get a graphical representation of the ship with all Deadweight Items shown on profile and plan views. You may also see the percentage full for each Compartment/Tank in representative color. In the Plan View of the Vessel, partially loaded compartments are partially painted in left-to-right direction, according to percentage.

Finally you can scroll through the Compartments and Tanks and view their content details.

A blue line denotes the ship current Water Line.

If the SF & BM Diagram to the Ship Loading Plan Option is available, press the switch button to change from Ship Loading Plan on Screen and back.

If you would like to switch to a big view of the Plan press the maximize button or double click on the Plan's title. Press the restore button to switch back to normal view and continue your loading. 

 Ship’s Girder Deflection and Deadweight Gain or Loss 

This special Multiload function apart from the typical Girder Deflection due to longitudinal Bending Moment incorporates the thermal deflection at midships due to air-sea water temperature difference. This is especially important when navigating at Plimsoll marks in cold waters (e.g. North Atlantic) with sun. In this condition the Hogging of the Hull is increased (or the Sagging is reduced) as the deck is warmed up with the sun radiation. 

Real Time Loading / Water Ballast Exchange 

This Option is applicable for Loading or Discharging. Given the Loading/Discharging Rates MT/Hour, MULTILOAD will load/discharge groups of Tanks that you select and generate in a few minutes a list of Ship Drafts, Total Cargo, Strength, Stability, Trim, Propeller Immersion, Air Drafts and Bridge Visibility against time (in 10 minutes internals).

At the end of this report there will be a list of the extreme values of the above mentioned parameters and at what time those will take place. 

Printout of N.C.B/Canadian/Australian Form for Grain Loading 

Ships that load/discharge grain in US ports, Canada and in Australia are requested to fill the National Cargo Bureau's (N.C.B.) form, the Canadian form and the Australian form for Grain Loading respectively.

Using this MULTILOAD Option you get the N.C.B. or the Canadian or the Australian form printed in a matter of seconds ready for submission to the Cargo Surveyor. 

Autoload 

Autoloading will be an Indispensable Tool for your Chartering Department.

This is the most powerful MULTILOAD-Option. The AUTOLOAD Option does all the work of ship pre-loading calculation for you.

AUTOLOAD uses a powerful Artificial Intelligence (AI) routine that maximizes the Vessel Utilization Factor, given the cargo weight to be loaded and a set of operational constraints (100% V.U.F means that all cargo loaded occupies 100% of the assigned compartments). It automatically distributes the cargo while keeping all other requirements within permissible values, if this is possible. Alternatively, if the restrictions set by the user are contradictive, then MULTILOAD will try to establish a solution that will meet some but not all of the constraints. In this case a feasible solution can be obtained by adjusting the cargo to be loaded values accordingly. 

Cargo Compartment Group Definition 

When you first run MULTILOAD on your computer, you have to define the Cargo Compartment Groups that will be used in the Cargo Assignment Into Groups function. 

You can define which compartments belong to each group, the filling sequence and the filling method to be used.

Filling Sequence defines the order that the compartments of each Group will be loaded. Equal Filling Sequence numbers denotes that the compartments will be loaded symmetrically.  

Cargo Assignment Into Groups 

With this MULTILOAD function you can calculate the Vessel Utilization Factor (100% V.U.F. means that all cargo loaded occupies 100% of the assigned compartments) for every combination of Cargo Type and Cargo Compartment Group. It is especially useful for Tanker Loading where we have cargo tank groupage. In this screen you can also see the cargo left out. For each cargo group, you can select between two filling methods: Leave Last Slack (which loads all the compartments up to 100% full, leaving the last one slack) and Even Distribution, which loads the compartments evenly (the same percentage to full). 

Manufacturers default lists of General Cargo Items 

Another use of the Detailed General Cargo Loading is when a specific compartment is divided in various spaces. These spaces can be defined only by the Manufacturer and each particular space is described with details such as lower and upper bound for VCG, left and right for TCG, aft and fore for LCG check and also max load for each space. In Manufacturer’s List you can load cargo of variable weight and VCG, LCG & TCG in each defined space in a particular hold, as long as is within the specified bounds. This will group the weights in each particular space and will calculate the resulting load and centers of gravity in the particular hold. All above descriptions are derived from vessels’ manuals and after collaboration with the company. These descriptions are already saved as Item Lists for each specific compartment and the User can use them any time. 

Deadweight & Air Draft Tables Manual 

This very handy booklet contains Deadweight and Air Draft Tables in both metric and British Units. This manual is a quick reference for typical questions like the deadweight at a given draft or the air draft at a given hatch or at radar mast for a given mean draft and trim. It also includes hatch coaming dimensions, tank top breadth between hoppers in Cargo Holds, etc.

 

Special MULTILOAD Options for Tankers

Real Time Tanker Loading  

This Option is applicable for Loading or Discharging. Given the Loading/Discharging Rates MT/Hour, MULTILOAD will load/discharge groups of Tanks that you select and generate in a few minutes a list of Ship Drafts, Total Cargo, Strength, Stability, Trim, Propeller Immersion and Air Drafts against time (in 10 minutes internals). At the end of this report there will be a list of the extreme values of the above mentioned parameters and at what time those will take place.  

Oil Cargo Transfer with Report 

Oil Majors require that during Oil transfer the vessel must report Draft, Stability and Strength Results at hourly or 2-hourly time intervals.

This ML Option keeps record of all basic results during oil transfer based on Observed Ullages, Cargo Temperature, Trim and List and prints the results in a report as required by your ISM or ISO System.   

Real Time Tanker Loading with Sensors 

This option allows real-time monitoring of your vessel’s loading condition, via sensors installed in your vessel’s compartments. It requests cargo data from each compartment (namely Ullage and Average Temperature for oil cargo and Innage for water ballast), calculates current weight based on said data, performs all the necessary checks and provides Multiload results.

It also performs a Forecast check on the Loading Condition (how will it be affected over a specific amount of time, given that the current weight changes continue at the same rate).

At all times the SF & BM Diagram along with the Ship Loading Plan (where applicable) will reflect the current state of your vessel’s Loading Condition. If you wish to stop the operation you have to click the Stop Online button. Note that you will have to wait for all compartments to be accounted for before the Exit button becomes available.

Air Draft Calculation From Manifolds 

This MULTILOAD Option presents on screen the air drafts from the Manifolds. Additionally there is a custom point where you can input any of its coordinates and obtain the Air Draft from Manifolds for the current loading condition. The same option prepares a printed report with Air Draft Information.

Departure - Arrival Calculation  

A unique tool for instant creation of Arrival Condition from the Departure, or visa versa. Ideal for Panama Canal Transit. Automatically takes into account voyage miles, speed, consumption, ROB’s, desired safety margins, FO, DO, and FW tank capacities and consumption sequences as well as any bunkering operations.

Multiload's Direct Damage Stability (DDS) module  

The Multiload's Direct Damage Stability (DDS) module (Type 3) according to MARPOL 73/78 Annex I Reg. 28 and IBC Code Chapter 2 allows tanker/chemical operators to load non-standard cargoes or non-standard configurations while ensuring that loading operations comply with requirements for Damage Stability, Intact Stability and Longitudinal Strength. The DDS module allows the user to investigate the compliance of any given loading procedure and can be used to demonstrate compliance during Flag State, Port State, Classification or Independent Chartering Inspections. The Multiload's Direct Damage Stability (DDS) module (Type 3) provides calculations for Intermediate Stages as well.   

Special MULTILOAD Options for General Cargo & RO-RO Vessels

Detailed General Cargo Loading

This Option is essential when loading General Cargoes. You can load various part cargoes of variable weight, VCG & LCG in any compartment. 

This Option will group the weights and will calculate the resulting load and centers of gravity in the particular hold. 

Essentially this option bypasses the standard calculation of a slack compartment which works only for the Homogeneous Bulk cargoes. When part cargoes of different stowage factors and sizes are loaded then this option should be applied.

Special MULTILOAD Options for Containerships

Detailed Container Loading including Baplie file import

Although the MULTILOAD BASE PROGRAM offers container loading by compartment, this option provides the best description of container loading in the following 2 ways:

  • A total weight for the Containers within the Specified Compartment.
  • Container by Container through view details of each compartment looking at each bay.

This Option offers graphical representation of container arrangement within each cargo space.

For each container the following information is available:

  • Weight in MT
  • Loading Port
  • Discharging Port
  • Container Special Number
  • IMO Dangerous Cargo Making
  • Other Information 

The Multi Selection feature of MULTILOAD helps to input the information in many containers simultaneously thus saving time. As the weight of each container is inputted in the container by container case the user gets all major results of Trim - Draft - Stability and Strength instantaneously. 

VGM (Verified Gross Mass) 
 
 
Involves the following developments:

 

·          Reading of Verified Gross Mass (VGM)  weights from Baplie 2.2

·          Printout of all the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) weights 

Also, support Verified Gross Mass is provided to our Multiload for Windows application. Specifically, Multiload can import baplie files containing VGM information correctly and will display which of the loaded containers are verified along with all available information for each. It can also generate a special VGM report that contains all loaded containers per cargo hold and indicates which of them are verified, along with the verification method, its date and the extra documentation (if available). This report can either be printed or saved as an excel file. 

Export BAPLIE Feature
 
More specifically, this new feature enables the user to create or retrieve a container loading condition and then click the "Export Baplie" button on Multiload's Detailed Container Loading screen. Then, the user shall fill-in the required data fields, such as "Sender" and "Receiver" Identification codes (as agreed between partners), "Control", "Message" and "Conveyance" Reference numbers, the vessel's "Call Sign" and the 5 digit code of the "Port of Departure". All the above data are described as mandatory by SMDG's Baplie documentation. Finally, the User must click the "Export" button to select the filename of the export file and the location where this file will be stored.
 
Kindly note that, only containers that have all the required data are included in the export file. Required data, besides bay, row, tier and weight are "Serial No", "ISO Size Code" and "Port of Loading / Discharge". If a current loading condition includes containers missing some of the above data, these containers will appear in a list and the user can get a printout of them, in order to fill them and continue.
Maximize your Vessels' Operational & Chartering Flexibility Onboard and in the Office
  • Specially Designed for Easy-Use, by the Master, Chief Officer.
  • Proven Reliability, having Major Market Share in Greek Shipping Industry.
  • Computer Based Training Availability.
  • Both Fleet & Ship Versions for harmonized Office and Onboard use.
  • Minimum system requirements 
  • Installation notes
  • Running the program/technical support
MULTILOAD can cover your Needs
  • Available as Base Program, a self sustained loading package fully covering Class Requirements.
  • The Base Program offers 43 functions (more than any other ship loading program in the market). 
  • There are up to 50 MULTILOAD Options to choose from, if cargoes need extra features or more specialization.
  • Full support and free training to your masters and chief officers, before they join the vessel.
  • Approved by ABS, LRS, NKK, BV, DNV, HRS, etc..
Covers all your Ship Operation Manuals
  • Trim and Stability
  • Grain Loading
  • Loading Manual
  • Loading and Unloading Sequence
  • Water Ballast Exchange Manuals
Provides instantly technical information, such as
  • Capacities (grain, bale)
  • Trimmed and Untrimmed Volumes
  • Max. Homogeneous Load
  • Grain Heeling Moments
  • Tank Top Areas
  • Tank Top/ Deck Strength
  • Cargo Tank Ullage/Level Data
The following checks via MULTILOAD are effected
  • Plimsol & Port Draft Restrictions
  • Propeller Immersion
  • Bridge Visibility
  • Local Strength Diagrams
  • Air Draft from Hatches or Manifolds
  • Air Draft from Radar Mast
  • Automatic check on Sloshing danger
  • Minimum Forward Draft for Slamming
  • SOLAS Chapter XII Reg. 14
Offers Special Functions, such as
  • Different Colors for Different Cargo Types
  • Steel Coils Loading
  • Automatic Selection of Stability Criteria
  • Real Time Loading
  • Automatic Shear Force Correction (in Alternate Loading Conditions)
  • Cargo Split & Auto Trim
  • Auto Loading
  • Departure-Arrival Calculation
  • Detailed General Cargo Loading
  • Oil Calculation
  • Bunkers Survey
  • Electronic DWT & Cargo Scale
  • Auto Trim
  • Detailed Container Loading
  • Draft Survey
  • Timber Loading
  • Detailed Tanker Loading
MULTILOAD Base Program Features
  • Fleet Based Program for Office Use
  • On-Line Help Utility in Every Screen
  • Import/Export of Loading Conditions by e-mail
  • All Print Outs include Preview and PDF functions (IMO A749, A167 and Grain)
  • Trim, Stability, Longitudinal and Torsional Strength Analysis
  • Electronic Dead Weight Scale
  • Automatic Shear Force Correction and Automatic Selection of Stability Criteria
  • Plimsoll Marks and Port Draft Restrictions
  • Fwd. Draft Restriction for Heavy Weather
  • Easy Cargo Definition for all Ship Types: (Bulk Carriers, Tankers, Chemical, LNG, LPG etc.)
  • Optimum Capacity Utilization of Cargo Tanks or Holds and Automatic Cargo Distribution
  • Autotrim and Cargo Split and Autotrim Functions
  • Viewing Details of Compartments [Bounds, Volume (Trimmed, Untrimmed, Bale, V.C.G., L.C.G., Max. Tank Top Strength, Max. Homo Load, Tank Top Areas etc.]
  • Air Draught Calculation from Radar Mast / Propeller Immersion
Additional Options
  • Air draft calculation from Hatches or Manifolds
  • Departure-Arrival Calculations  
  • Draft Survey
  • Cargo Loading Sequence with Report    
  • Autoload
  • Ship Loading Plan on Screen – Ship Graphics
  • Vessel List Calculation
  • Warning for Sloshing Effect in Tanks or Ballast Holds
  • Visibility Check
External Options

For increased versatility and better service to our clients we now offer for individual ships the External Multiload Options (without the need of purchasing Multiload Base Program)

Typical Applications include:

  • Bunkers survey and ROBs Monitoring
  • Oil/Chemicals Loaded Quantities Calculations
  • Draft Survey
  • LNG/LPG loaded quantities calculations
  • Maximum Allowable and Actual Steel Coils Loading   
  • MACS Cargo Securing Calculations
Importance of MULTILOAD Features
The average cargo claims cost across all three vessel types (Bulk carriers, containers and tankers) is more than USD 100,000 over the past ten years. Costs fell in 2014 but the frequency continued to rise. There has been an overall rise in frequency over the past 10 years but that rise is seen for claims above USD 5,000 which indicates that the claims costs are rising.

Of the three types of vessel, bulk carriers recorded the highest average claims costs and also the highest frequency of claims over the past ten years.

The most common immediate cause is improper cargo handling, which, also, emphasises how important it is for crews to monitor entire cargo operations to secure as much evidence as possible about damaged cargo. 

Claims caused by cargo not being in the proper condition when loaded, or caused by the nature of the cargo such as inherent vice can be very costly. It can be difficult for a shipowner to prevent this from happening, so detailed records should be kept on board showing that best practices have always been followed during loading, transit and discharge.
 
In view of these needs, on a single weight input/results screen MULTILOAD© can handle many different cargoes for any single vessel and automatically take care of all technical matters. MULTILOAD's built-in characteristics optimise and ensure that excellent maritime practice and international requirements are met.
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