Swedish defence and security company Saab has been awarded separate contracts from the Canadian Great Lakes Pilotage Authority and the Great Lakes Pilotage Division of the United States Coast Guard to upgrade their Great Lakes Pilot Management System to the latest version of Saab’s KleinPilot.

The new KleinPilot system will replace the existing Saab supplied system installed in 2006. It will be used by the two organisations and the three U.S. Great Lakes pilotage associations to manage and coordinate the despatch of marine pilots on the Great Lakes and automatically generate billing in accordance with the applicable tariffs. Saab will host and administer the shared system on behalf of the two organisations on a secure site to ensure the confidentiality of the parties and data.

The KleinPilot is based on Saab’s state-of-the-art N-Tier management information system platform.

The Great Lakes Pilotage Authority is a Canadian federal crown corporation responsible for providing a safe and efficient pilotage service within the Great Lakes region for commercial vessels.

The U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes Pilotage Program is a specialised program that manages the processes and procedures for the United States registered pilots on the Great Lakes.

By Jake Frith