What is SOF? Why is it important?
Date Published: 2019-09-13
As a shipowner, ship management is a daunting task, especially when one seeks to maximize productivity with ship capacity and time use at each port call. In order to do so, at the completion of each port call, all port activities relating to the ship must be carefully documented and evaluated. One crucial document is the Statement of Facts (SOF). So what is the SOF and why is it important?
What is Statement of Facts (SOF)?
- The ship's arrival/departure dates and times
- The Notice of Readiness (NOR) Tendered and Accepted
- Time spent waiting for berth
- Time spent for shifting berth
- The cargo operations commencement or stoppage
- Time spent for cargo operation
- Any delays including weather, cranes down, strikes, or other activities related to cargo operations productivity
- The quantity of cargo loaded or discharged per day or per shift
- The number of gangs working on that particular shift
Why is it Important?
In the case of voyage chartering, SOF plays a vital role in the calculation of laytime usage which determines if any demurrage or despatch amount is incurred.
- The numbers of hours worked per shift with the respective loaded or discharged cargo
- The number of delayed hours with detailed events
Seatech Systems provides a port activity management software which not only provides the required SOF data mentioned but also includes timesheet features for working gangs. A timesheet is input by each gang working per shift with the activity details of their shift included. Seatech's web-based software can be accessed from anywhere and is also mobile-friendly.
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