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AJAX-Powered Online Search Tool for Shippers Launched

Uses AJAX to Provide Fast Interactive Search

(SYS-CON Media) - INTTRA, e-commerce platform for ocean shipping,introduced OceanSchedules.com, a free online search service for shippers and forwarders to quickly and easily search global ocean carrier sailing schedules.

The new site is available at www.oceanschedules.com, as well as via the INTTRA.com homepage, and from within INTTRA's online transaction site - INTTRA-Act.

"We know that for most multi-carrier shippers and forwarders, searching for comprehensive schedules data mean visiting and downloading data from a number of different sources. We want to raise the bar by bringing all the voyage data together in one place and combine it with the most advanced technology to provide a global, comprehensive and interactive schedules resource," said Harry Sangree, Managing Director, OceanSchedules.com

OceanSchedules.com offers free hosting of any carrier schedules via an EDI connection. The site currently hosts 4.4 million voyage records, representing the INTTRA carrier network, OceanSchedules.com participating carriers and their Alliances. These three groups represent over 80 percent of the slot capacity of the world's top 25 carriers according to data for 2007 from AXSMarine.

Besides the voyage search, the site also provides free carrier branding and link for users to request additional information on a voyage. According to INTTRA officials, the result is more choices and more scheduling results for users than current offerings in the market, or than can be obtained by visiting individual carrier sites.

"Doing it 'my way,' as Frank Sinatra used to sing, has been common practice in the ocean trade, which only amounted to many duplicated efforts that didn't always provide users a comprehensive global solution to their scheduling needs," said Sangree. "OceanSchedules.com streamlines the process of searching for a voyage that includes researching alternative routes, selecting a carrier and sailing, and making a booking."

Moreover, Sangree notes that all OceanSchedules.com data is provided by direct electronic links from carrier systems, making the data the most current and accurate available to any Web-based platform. And he points out that the tool contains many filtering options that help users quickly and accurately sort their selection. Users can filter data by the day of the week, transit time and carrier to quickly and easily access relevant voyage information. And with free registration, users can set preferences for even faster filtering.

Using advanced technology, the tool presents results in an interactive format with related information presented alongside each matching result.
These include the vessel name, voyage and Lloyds number, carrier contact-request button and link to the carrier site. In addition, any user with an INTTRA login can make an electronic booking on a selected voyage for any of their carriers that support online bookings via the INTTRA platform.

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