The SeaSupplier system has been developed in the past six years and started as a communications link to suppliers of the Stolt parcel tankers fleet. 'This is the first contract we have signed in the cruise sector,' Terry Kearney, coo of SeaSupplier told Seatrade Insider. Although reluctant to disclose the length of the contract, Kearney revealed, 'it is less than five years but more than one.'
Kearney says the cruise industry requires a product quality level that is higher than in other areas of shipping and it also has the advantage of knowing in advance where the ship is located in order to execute a rapid supply exchange. He notes that just under 40% of all marine purchasing transactions are flawed due to incorrect specification, wrong product in the wrong place and invoice inaccuracies.
The SeaConnect system will provide electronic connectivity between RCCL and key vendors responsible for supplying up to 80% of RCCL's marine goods and services. It will integrate with RCCL's J D Edwards purchasing system and provide electronic and standardized transactions with marine suppliers to eliminate imprecise, paper-based activities.
RCCL expects to reduce its marine procurement costs (which Michael Allsup RCCL, vp supply chain management told Seatrade Cruise Review this time last year amount to around $600m annually) by 15-20%. The current project will go live in April and will be fully operational by late July.