March 15, 2004

Manpower Software extends MAPS

Manpower Software, is launching important new modules for its MAPS Crew Manning and Taskforce products. With added functionality for berthing, payroll admin, ILO 180 compliance and intelligent time capture, Manpower says that MAPS has become "a full lifecycle crew management system."

Two new modules have been added to the core duty rostering functionality of MAPS Taskforce, a fully modular, end-to-end system for time management of on-board crew.

The first of these, Sentinel 180, is designed to improve compliance with ILO 180 working hours legislation. With Sentinel 180 installed, fleets can proactively comply with ILO 180, track both standard hours worked and overtime more accurately, feed these to payroll and automatically generate ILO 180 reports. Sentinel 180 thus frees managers from time-consuming manual collection of hours worked and preparation of complex ILO 180 reports.

Intelligent Time Capture, the second new Taskforce module, ensures that crew are clocking on/off within allowed boundaries of the rostering plan and are working at the right venue. It also provides a messaging capability to notify crewmembers of late schedule changes. The Sentinel 180 and Rostering modules can be installed independently and additional modules added as required.

MAPS Crew Manning also has two new modules, Payroll Admin and Berthing.

Payroll Admin is the only integrated solution for shipside Payroll Admin and is tailored for the specific requirements of the cruise industry. Its purpose is to manage the payroll and export data to external payroll systems for local deductions and payslip generation.

The new MAPS Berthing module is a major advance in crew berthing. With MAPS Berthing installed, users can automatically allocate crew to cabins according to multiple criteria and thus quickly produce accurate berthing plans. MAPS Berthing optimizes the use of crew cabins and reduces the administration overhead for crew berthing.

MAPS Payroll Admin and Berthing integrate with the core MAPS crew database and other MAPS Crew Manning modules including Crew Scheduling, Fleet Planning, Crew HR, Training and Certificates Manager, Recruitment, Travel Admin, Communications Center and Reporting.

MAPS Crew Manning provides a comprehensive crew and ship management solution from the smallest details of crew information up to the biggest challenges such as fleet planning.

Philip Morgan, Manpower Software's director of cruise and maritime sales, commented, "With these new introductions we offer a true 'full lifecycle' crew management system that's modular, integrated and easy to extend. We've designed them in close consultation with our customers because our target is to keep MAPS in the No. 1 position. By listening to what the cruise industry really needs Manpower Software can continue to make the crewing process more efficient and more cost-effective for cruise fleets and concessionaires of all sizes."