OTAL To Invest $5 million in New IT System

The Bollore Maritime Division (BMD) is investing $5 million in a new software management system called iQ-Ship. As a group company OT Africa Line (OTAL) will benefit from this system, which is designed to enhance the quality of service provided to its customers worldwide.

Qiva Inc, a leading producer of supply chain logistics and global transportation management systems, has developed the system.

iQ-Ship will enable OTAL to simplify and automate several internal processes, which will in turn, reduce the time and costs required to execute OTAL's com- mercial, logistics and financial functions and allow staff more time meeting customers' needs.

During 2002, OTAL plans to deploy the application in several phases beginning with line activities. This is scheduled to be complete by spring/early summer and will then be extended to cover the European agency network, the target completion date being the end of 2002. iQ-ship will then be implemented throughout OTAL's Asian and African networks during 2003.

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