Find a Vessel for Your Cargo
Action Cargoes allows you to find vessels that meet the requirements for a specific cargo and pull them into a worksheet for further evaluation.
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Accessing Action Cargoes
To request access to Action Cargoes, contact your VIP administrator. Action Cargoes will not be visible in the Chartering menu until your VIP administrator enables the configuration flag CFGNewChartering and assigns security rights for the appropriate users or user groups. If Action Cargoes is visible but grayed out in the menu, the flag has been enabled, but security rights have not been assigned.
Once the configuration flag has been enabled and security rights assigned, Market Insights and Action Cargoes will no longer be grayed out and you will be able to access them.
Search by Vessel
To search for vessels that fit set criteria, follow these steps. Action Cargoes will show the vessels that meet these criteria, as well as provide an estimate of the Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) and other voyage details for each vessel.
1. Adjust the search parameters to narrow your search
Under Vessel Filters, you can adjust the following search parameters:
Regions (Trade Areas)
Threshold for Laden
Include Laden Vessels (toggle on/off)
Include Contract Positions (toggle on/off)
Run tasks & alerts rules (toggle on/off)
Minimum Star Rating
Minimum GHG (Green House Gas) Rating
Under Cargo, you can adjust the following search parameters:
Laycan Range (UTC)
Max Load Wait Time (Days)
Load NOR Hours
Loading Time (Hours)
Load Laytime Terms
Discharge NOR Hours
Discharge Laytime Terms
CP Draft (m)
Under Market Pricing, you can adjust the following search parameters:
Bunker Symbol Basis Date
At Sea Bunker Symbol
At Sea Bunker Rate (Manual Entry)
In Port Bunker Symbol
In Port Bunker Rate (Manual Entry)
Freight Basis Date
Freight $/ton Symbol
Misc. Expenses (Lumpsum)
2. Search for vessels
Once you have set your search parameters, select Search for Vessels to run a search.
Vessel Details Panel
To view additional, more detailed information about a vessel, select the vessel name or row in the table. The Vessel Details panel will appear on the right side of the screen.
Vessel Restrictions: Data pulled from Tasks & Alerts will appear above the vessel name in the Vessel Details panel to alert you if the vessel is restricted for some reason.
To open a voyage estimate populated with the selected vessel’s information, select Open Estimate.
Note: The vessel must exist in the VIP environment in order to populate a voyage estimate with that vessel’s information. If the vessel does not exist in VIP, but you have an IHS Fairplay license and the configuration flag CFGAllowFairplaySearch is enabled, the vessel information will be imported from IHS when Open Estimate is selected.
To update vessel information in the Data Center, select Update Vessel in the Vessel Details panel. This will open Vessel Details in VIP.
In the Overview tab, you can view information on the vessel’s location.
In the Profile tab, you can view more details on the vessel particulars, such as the vessel’s IMO number, name, flag, operator, vessel owner, vessel type, age, build year, and deadweight.
If the vessel does not exist in your VIP environment, the vessel information shown in the Profile tab will be pulled from IHS. If you open the vessel or create an estimate in VIP, the vessel particulars will be updated using data from IHS, but only if you have an IHS Fairplay license.
In the Estimate tab, you can view an estimate of the Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) and other voyage details for the vessel.
Edit Estimate Display
To change the overview display, select Edit Estimate Display at the bottom of the Vessel Details panel. You can select which fields you want to be visible and change how those fields are ordered in the Vessel Details panel. Once you’re done, you can save the display by selecting the Save button in the top right corner of the screen, next to the Saved View name.
The changes made with Edit Estimate Display will be included in the Saved View and saving a view will capture the overview display set up.
Create New Worksheet
To create a new worksheet, select the cargoes you wish to be included by checking the box beside their name, then select Create New Worksheet. This will generate a new worksheet for each selected vessel in Estimates for the same cargo.
To download your search results, select the Download Results button in the upper right corner of the screen. Your search results will download as a .csv file.
Add or remove columns
To add or remove columns in the grid output, select the Select columns button in the upper right corner of the screen. This setup will also be saved in the Saved View (public/private).
Search Query Information
To view information on the search performed, select the Search Query Information icon in the view toolbar. The information provided on this screen is useful for troubleshooting and for understanding the search results that appear in the Grid output and Map output.
When Enabled, users can access Market Insights and Action Cargoes as features within the Chartering Module without any additional licensing.
Market Insights will provide the ability to search through vessel positions in the market using operational data and the latest AIS positions that a vessel reports, and narrow your search to find matching vessels that can meet theoretical laycan windows.
Action Cargoes will use your existing Cargo Book and allow you to find vessels that could meet the specific demand. The tool will use aspects of the cargo as filters as well as the laycan window to narrow the search for matching vessels.
Allow Fairplay Search
Enables Fairplay search in the Vessel List; requires a valid license. CFGFairplayUsername, CFGFairplayPassword, CFGFairplayDistillateFuelType, and CFGFairplayResidualFuelType must also be enabled.
Username for the Fairplay subscription; requires a valid license. CFGAllowFairplaySearch, CFGFairplayPassword, CFGFairplayDistillateFuelType, and CFGFairplayResidualFuelType must also be enabled.
Password for the Fairplay subscription; requires a valid license. CFGAllowFairplaySearch, CFGFairplayUsername, CFGFairplayDistillateFuelType, and CFGFairplayResidualFuelType must also be enabled.
Fairplay Distillate Fuel Type
The IMOS Fuel Type Code for Fairplay's Distillate Fuel type; requires a valid license. CFGAllowFairplaySearch, CFGFairplayUsername, CFGFairplayPassword, and CFGFairplayResidualFuelType must also be enabled.
Fairplay Residual Fuel Type
The IMOS Fuel Type Code for Fairplay's Residual Fuel type; requires a valid license. CFGAllowFairplaySearch, CFGFairplayUsername, CFGFairplayPassword, and CFGFairplayDistillateFuelType must also be enabled.
Fairplay Certificate DNS
Certificate DNS for Fairplay vessel import.