Make savings your next port of call.
Over 250 of the world’s largest trading houses and shipping companies chose DA-Desk to do their disbursement accounts. By doing so, these companies reduce tons of time-consuming paperwork, they benefit from low or no banking costs, possibly the best FX rates in the market and they get automated, embedded compliance in their daily processes. DA-Desk is focused exclusively on the DA process, from port agent nomination to voyage closing, supporting the industry with continuous product and process improvements.
DA-Desk is the largest independent provider of global port cost management services.
In 2014, DA-Desk processed 140,000 disbursement accounts and helped operators save over $100 million! Altogether, scale, systems, processes, network and strong relationships with its customers and their agents has enabled DA-Desk to deliver substantial savings to its customers.
DA-Desk’s customers approve some $5 billion/year of port call-related costs via the online DA-Desk application. It also processes about $4 billion of agent payments through its PortPayables® service, a cross-border payment platform designed for shipping operators who use the application, a cash management service that’s delivered in conjunction with DA-Desk’s banking partner, Citigroup.
"As an independent port agency and marine services company we have been involved with the DA-Desk since November 2003. We have always found the DA-Desk and its employees to be professional and have enjoyed working with them to the benefit of our mutual principals to provide a seamless service."
FICS Managing Director,
Casper Shipping Limited, Middlebrough, UK
"As Agents, we are satisfied with the 24/7, round the clock professional services offered by DA-Desk, which, as Mauritius Shipping Corporation Ltd, is driven by the desire to meet the customers’ needs. Starting from Agency acceptance, PDA/FDA submission till receipt of final disbursement funds, the Principal/Agency relationship is enhanced/simplified by using DA-Desk."
Seeven V. PILLAY,
General Agency Business Unit, Mauritius Shipping Corporation Ltd, Mauritius,
"With disbursement accounts processed through DA-Desk, we benefit from prompt payment for our services."
Maritime Network SDN BHD, Malaysia,
"With DA-Recovery it takes less time to recover balances, even long-outstanding ones. We are fully satisfied with the service and find the price to be reasonable as well."
Mini Container Pool Chartering Limited, Cyprus,
"Very pleasantly surprised by the swift recovery from Africa that tends to have the most complicated cases. Having DA-Recovery following-up on the balances saves a lot of time for operators."
Euronav Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd., Greece,
"DA-Recovery proved to be a huge improvement as we were able to hand over this time-consuming task instead of using our own limited resources. The fee is very reasonable, especially considering successful recoveries from African countries that are usually very difficult. Overall, DA-Recovery process is very smooth and easy."
T.K.B. Shipping A/S, Denmark,
"We are very pleased with DA-Recovery’s persistent and knowledge-based approach. They helped to close DAs where documents were missing and successful reconciliation of balances resulted in full recovery. Follow-up and reporting is timely, also the rates are very reasonable considering the amount of work required. We will continue using this service."
UK-based shipping company,
"Western Bulk Chartering has used DA-Desk for its DA processing since 2008. During this time Western Bulk has steadily increased its port call volumes and found DA-Desk to be a reliable, professional and forward thinking company to grow together with. Being proactive in a constantly changing environment is extremely important, and DA-Desk though its relationship managers and support staff always ensure that challenges are identified, well explained and solved in a timely manner. With their investment in IT systems and people, Western Bulk Chartering is confident in the fact that DA-Desk works to the high levels of accuracy and integrity we require, whilst also enjoying the scale and cost benefits that come with partnering with DA-Desk."
Western Bulk Chartering
"Klaveness has used the DA-Desk System to appoint agents and finalise DAs since June 2014. We also use PortPayables to pay and settle balances with appointed agents. We have access to the PortPayables Financial Dashboard, where we have full transparency of port costs where we can check our preferential FX rates and our savings on bank charges. For us it was critical that our Voyage Management System could fully integrate with the DA-Desk System in order for us to have end-to-end, real-time workflow, which means auto population of our port expenses directly into our voyage management system. By fully integrating, we have had significant time savings and reduction in human typing errors.
Our voyage management system uses the DA-Desk Agency database when nominating agents to attend to our vessels. Using this database of Agencies gives us confidence that the agents we use are screened against relevant international sanctions lists. We use DA-Desk’s Agency database, because, to our knowledge, it is the industry’s most comprehensive, most up-to-date, and most stress-tested Agency database. This database is used daily, it holds almost 10,000 records and is maintained on a 24 x 7 x 365 basis.
Klaveness has always supported best practices and this vision is supported by DA-Desk. They have managed all stakeholders very professionally, ensuring that we realise both cost savings and efficient processes and we enjoy an integrated end-to-end workflow."
Per Erik Olsen
VP, Regional Operations Manager
AS Klaveness Chartering
"Clipper Bulk have been using DA-Desk since 2006 and have over the years added PortPayables, Dashboards and KPI's which has turned the use of DA-Desk into a streamlined process throughout the organisation, with cash flow optimization, easier closing and reconciliation of voyages and less paperwork.
On top of this we use PortsDirect and PortPoint from the Marcura Group product list
DA-Desk is an ideal solution to support the organisation, with 24/7 support"
Lars Lyngby Lyngstrand
Senior Vice President
Head of Global Operations & Head of Shipping Services
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