Harbor Watch Dispatch

Cloud-Based Solutions for Maritime Scheduling, Dispatching, Communication and Data Management

Dispatch Dynamics Inc

Digital Maritime Dispatch

Software with a High Technology Readiness

Built by Dispatch Dynamics, Harbor Watch Maritime Information System provides commercial off-the-shelf software with a high technology readiness. Access to actionable, trusted data is provided by a cloud-based dispatch application with interactive scheduling, instant communication and real-time employee data management.

Harbor Watch organizes the complex hiring rules and rights of maritime labor in any seaport.  It merges cloud-based technology with the benefits of a virtual brick-and-mortar hiring hall.  Harbor Watch provides new ways to mitigate the risks associated with seaport congestion, severe weather, COVID-19, flooding, earthquakes and power outages.

Harbor Watch is the only web-based dispatch application for maritime labor in the shipping industry.  

Maritime Dispatch... Simplified

Whether a Port is manned by union labor, independent contractors or paid employees, job orders are displayed online, in real-time... every time. Workers are dispatched according to hiring rules, incorporating compliance, certifications and worker safety. Streamlined workflow processes provide for the rapid deployment of any workforce to single or multiple locations. Industry tailored processes provide the tools to:   

  • Dispatch independent contractors or employees
  • Manage labor costs more efficiently
  • Reduce administrative overload
  • Access One-Step Remote Hiring
  • Automate multiple dispatch processes
  • Integrate dispatch with a payroll interface
  • Communicate instantly with groups large and small
  • Track workers' daily jobs, training and point-of-hire certifications
  • Provide enhanced worker safety and security protocols

Harbor Watch has performed flawlessly for seven years in three ports, serving up to 5000 users with ZERO downtime.

Rapid Dispatch for any Business or Industry

Harbor Watch software is table driven with no hard-coding. Core components can be reconfigured, removed or rebranded to dispatch any business or industry.  Rapid Dispatch is a scheduling and communications application providing industry tailored solutions for ... 

FERRY BOAT OPERATORS,  EMERGENCY RESPONDERS, BUILDERS/ CONTRACTORS/TRADES, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.  MASS NOTIFICATION,  HR/SCHEDULING,  TRAINING TRACKER SOFTWARE

ORGANIZE PORT LABOR WITH THREE POWERFUL FEATURES

Harbor Watch remotely organizes scheduling, dispatch and workflow processes in any seaport.  THREE dynamic applications interface to schedule employees or independent contractors. Software reduces administrative overload, manages labor more efficiently and ensures that all safety and security protocols are enforced. 

INTERACTIVE EMPLOYER/CONTRACTOR WORK ORDER APPLICATION

Harbor Watch Work Orders provide Employers or Contractors with an external interface to selected DDI dispatch applications allowing employer to build and transmit a work order in 3 minutes. 

DYNAMIC DISPATCH/SCHEDULING/COMMUNICATIONS APPLICATION

  • Real-Time Scheduling. Schedules and dispatches workers to any location by job type, on-line, in real-time..
  • One-step Remote. Allows workers to schedule their availability on interactive website from their mobile phone.
  • Certifications, Licenses, Training, Skills. Provides searchable database to individual worker’s training, years-of-service, certifications, licenses, and skill-sets at at point-of-hire.
  • Text Messaging Communication. The Hiring Board on Smart Scheduler provides five unique text messaging tools to contact workers INSTANTLY...  individually or in groups.

MOBILE WEBSITE: ORDERS & JOBS IN REAL TIME 

Daily work orders and jobs displayed in real time on mobile website.  Using cell phone workers access  website with personal password to schedule their availability to work by day or week. 

UNION/NON-UNION CRAFT-BASED DISPATCH

In union and non-union seaports around the world, maritime labor is most commonly dispatched by craft and/or seniority.  Harbor Watch has six craft-based dispatch applications with three seniority options.  The Smart Scheduler offers three dispatch options: card-swipe, drag-and-drop and automated roll over. 

NOTE:  Harbor Watch SmartScheduler accommodates multiple dispatch options for seaports dispatching more than one craft-type simultaneously.

CERTIFICATIONS, TRAINING and FRINGE BENEFITS

Employers need confidence that workers assigned to their jobs are trained, dedicated and certified.  SmartScheduler provides dispatchers and administrators with a searchable database to identify and display each worker's certifications, training and skills. Point-of-hire feature in the SmartScheduler immediately notifies both the employer and dispatcher with a text message if a worker's certification, skills or training do not match the job requirements.  Workers with restrictions are identified and blocked on the schedule.

NOTE:  SmartScheduler accommodates multiple craft/dispatch options.

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REMOTE HIRING MEETS LABOR CHALLENGES

In addition to dealing with six named hurricanes, flooding, power outages and arctic storms in 2020, maritime labor on the East and Gulf Coasts continues to find ways to survive the complications of COVID-19 and the "new normal" created by a worldwide pandemic.

The Virtual Hiring Hall tools in Harbor Watch allow union locals and port employers to dispatch workers in real-time and send text messages from their SmartPhones or wireless laptops.

Workers, using their mobile phones, are provided with access a secure website to shape-up remotely for daily/weekly shifts.  Automated text messages are sent to workers confirming all hiring transactions. 

Workers are dispatched by port facility according to established hiring rules. Work history and all text messages are updated and recorded in real-time on each worker's personal web pages.

MOBILE WEBSITE DISPLAYS JOBS & WORK ORDERS IN REAL-TIME

Harbor Watch dispatch provides a mobile-responsive website fully integrated with the real-time dispatch module.  In addition to displaying live work orders and scheduling, each Harbor Watch website displays the latest news, weather and and shipping information.  Using mobile phones to access their website, workers watch as dispatcher fill scheduled jobs in real-time.

Maritime jobs are filled according to seniority and each local's hiring rules. Text messages are sent to members confirming their daily jobs. End of day, Harbor Watch SmartScheduler emails completed dispatch orders to Port Employers. 

Dispatch Dynamics also offers optional versions of Harbor Watch with remote shape-up features that allow members or employees to change their own availability without calling the Hall.

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DISPATCH, COMMUNICATE OR SEND SMS MESSAGES WITHOUT POWER OR WIRED INTERNET

With the click of a mouse or a tap on a SmartPhone employers, union officials and dispatchers are able to communicate instantly with labor in the portr...without electricity or wired internet.  The Harbor Watch SmartScheduler provides five separate text message options:  VOIP from the Hiring Board, SMS to individual members, SMS to gangs working a particular ship, gate or warehouse; SMS to members scheduled and dispatched, SMS messages to groups large or small. 

In 2020 the Gulf Coast states experienced six named hurricanes, flooding, power outages and even an Arctic storm. During these and other natural disasters, the web-based dispatch applications deployed by Harbor Watch can add even more value to the maritime industry.

In 2019 the Port of Charleston received a bomb threat.  Longshore Local used Harbor Watch to send 5000 text messages* in one hour; insuring that all members exited the Port safely. 

*Multiple text messages sent to each member working at the Port.

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USMX FUNDS PROOF OF CONCEPT PILOT - HARBOR WATCH DISPATCH

IN A FLAWLESS PROOF-OF-CONCEPT PILOT FUNDED BY USMX, HARBOR WATCH PROVIDED A COMMON PLATFORM FOR BOTH EMPLOYERS AND UNION LEADERS TO MAKE FASTER AND MORE EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT DECISIONS.

During a two week pilot in Charleston, SC Harbor Watch provided three fully functional craft-based dispatch applications for Checkers, Longshore and Maintenance unions. Three Port employers also participated in the Pilot.

EMPLOYERS - BENEFITS DELIVERED

During the two week pilot Harbor Watch was able to effectively document ILA member point-of-hire certifications, restrictions and Incidents. During point-of-hire, Harbor Watch was able to increase the number of certifications authenticated from 5 to 12 certifications per member.

• Worker's failure to meet job certifications emailed to employer BEFORE dispatch

• Provides Employers with interactive Work Orders

• Employers receive ILA member data identifying check-offs and jobs with fringe benefits

• Tracks and updates ILA Member Training (i.e. EEO, Safety, Sexual Harassment, etc.)

•  Dispatch Orders with member's photos support employer identification and enhance port security.

ILA LOCALS & INT'L - BENEFITS DELIVERED 

In addition to providing three ILA Locals with fully functional web-based dispatch applications, during the two week Pilot, Harbor Watch was able to identify significant revenue losses due to errors and ommisions.

(1)    Number of members paying ZERO dues to Int'l

(2)    Annual Projected Loss from ILA Dues to Int'l ($16-$24 Million per annum)

(3)    Local Dues Collected - Revenue Loss

(4)   Fringe Benefit Misclassification - Revenue Loss