Boatracs Announces Boatracs BTForms Installation for United Tugs Inc.
provider of integrated satellite communications and software solutions to the
maritime industry, announces it has completed the installation of Boatracs BT
Forms, an electronic forms product, on multiple vessels for United Tugs Inc
., a full service
marine towing contractor.
The project entailed the conversion of seven of United Tug’s
paper forms into an electronic version that captains can complete with their onboard
PC, providing an efficient and easy-to-use form that transmits data in a cost
effective and timely manner.
“BT Forms has been an important piece of our compliance
plan,” said Tom Dantin, vice president of operations for United Tugs in a
Boatracs press release. “Our goal was to reduce the manual work and paper
needed to document compliance for the Responsible Carrier Program — to make the
data collection as simple and automated as possible. On the vessel, BT
Forms has been extremely successful in helping us gather the information needed
for compliance without adding to the captain’s workload. On the shore
side, we use BT Forms to streamline our record keeping and reporting.”
BT Forms is an end-to-end software solution developed to
help commercial maritime operators increase operational efficiencies by
converting paper forms to electronic versions that reduce the resources
required for internal reporting and record keeping for regulatory compliance.
With BT Forms, Boatracs says, the vessel and shore see the exact same
information. On the vessel, BT Forms uses smart forms that verify and validate
complete information before transmission, reducing manual errors at the point
of data collection. The hosted BT Forms web application on the shore side can
then compile the data into a variety of reports for managers.
“United Tugs is a forward thinking company and has been a
valued customer of Boatracs since 2004. With a commitment to using
technology to improve operations, they have added BT Forms to our core Boatracs
satellite communications offering to further enhance their access to critical
operational and compliance information,” said Irwin Rodrigues, president &
CEO of Boatracs. “Optimized for satellite transmission, Boatracs BT Forms
is a highly flexible software solution for data communications and reporting between
any vessel and its shore side office. It is exciting to see this
product being used to solve a variety of operational issues, including