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Laytime2000 is a Windows program designed to assist in the preparation of Laytime Statements for the shipping industry.  The program includes all of the key elements necessary for managing laytime calculations including:

 Creating laytime statements

 Editing statements

 Entering and editing laytime chronology

 Calculating demurrage or despatch time

 Calculating amount due or payable

 Preparing printed laytime statements

 Storing and exchanging electronic statements

When you install Laytime2000 on your PC, you have everything you need to begin preparing your own laytime statements, or editing statements created by others.  By linking into a back-office database, you can also archive and exchange electronic statements with others inside and outside of your company.  By including electronic laytime files as email attachments, you can share laytime statements with others in your company, or those that you do business with who also use Laytime2000.  And, of course, you can print laytime statements that can be sent by mail or facsimile (or electronically in a portable electronic format such as PDF) to your customer, agent, or partner company.

Laytime2000 is intended to require a minimum of training. 

To get started with Laytime2000, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the Laytime2000 software on your PC.

  2. When installation is complete, launch the program.  (You can do this by checking the box on the last step of the installation, or by selecting the new Laytime2K entry in your Start menu.)

  3. Click on the "Add" button on the toolbar in the main program window.  This will create a new laytime statement for a voyage.

  4. Begin filling in the data corresponding to each of the fields in the Voyage form that is presented to you.  You don't need to fill in all of the fields.  You can use the TAB key to move from field to field conveniently.

  5. On the Port tab of the Voyage form, click on the Add button to create a new Port record to be part of this laytime statement.

  6. Begin filling in the data corresponding to this port.  Again, you don't need to fill in all of the fields if you don't want to.  Just use the TAB key to move easily through the fields.

  7. On the Chronology tab of the Port form, you'll find a table that is to be filled with timestamped records for each period during laytime at that port.  You can use the buttons on that tab to add entries.  Start with the Append button.  As you add entries, you'll see the table is built almost automatically for you.  By hittingt e “end”or “home” keys, you can also directly edit entries in the table according to what actually occurred at that port.

  8. When you are satisfied, press the Close button on the top of the Port form.  This will save away all of the information concerning that port.  And now you will be looking at the corresponding Voyage form again.

  9. Click on the Summary tab of the Voyage form, and you'll see the results from the information that has been entered thus far.

  10. Click on the Print button at the top of the Voyage form, and you will be able to print a complete laytime statement with the information that you've entered.

  11. Click on the Close button on the Voyage form, and all of this information will be saved away.  Now you'll be looking at the Main form again.  Now the new voyage record will appear in list.  

  12. Select the "Save As..." item under the File menu, and enter the name of a file into which this information will be saved -- so that you'll be able to come back later and further edit this information.

Congratulations!  You've now created, edited, printed, and saved your first Laytime statement using Laytime2000!



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Last modified: November 24, 1999