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Dear Hogia Ferry Systems' partner,
 
December is here, Christmas and New Year's just around the corner and it is time to recap - take a look at what we have been up to in 2014.
 
It has been a good year for us - a lot of exciting things have happened within the company. To name a few; Bintan Resort Ferries in Singapore went live with BOOKIT, BOOKIT Conference on Ameland was a great success and BOOKIT has matured even more as a product - we are comfortable with its stability and performance and our product portfolio has grown with new features and enhancements to existing functionality.
 
We are also very proud to present our partner Atos Worldline and the new members to join the BOOKIT family - Calmac and Argyll Ferries who are operated by David MacBrayne Ltd. More about this is found below.
 
We wish you Happy Holidays and are looking forward to continued cooperation in 2015!
 
Kind regards, Hogia Ferry Systems

Welcome Atos Worldline and David MacBrayne Limited
Scottish David MacBrayne Ltd (DML) has awarded Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, and Hogia Ferry Systems a contract to provide a modern integrated booking and ticketing system to the multi-award-winning ferry operator CalMac Ferries Ltd and Argyll Ferries Ltd, serving the Clyde and Hebrides. With almost 5 million passengers per year served by a fleet of over 30 ships to 27 destinations , CalMac Ferries is one of the largest domestic ferry operator in Europe. 

Niclas Blomstrom, Managing Director Hogia Ferry Systems says “We are proud to have been selected by Atos and their subsidiary Worldline to be a strategic partner and increasingly so when we were awarded the contract by DML after a very thorough tender process. In this highly competitive market, this confirms that our BOOKIT software is top ranked and that Hogia is an appreciated provider of high quality and reliable standard IT systems.”

The work has begun and the implementation project will continue well into 2015. 

Read the entire press release by clicking here.

Congratulations SOL!
We are happy to share the news that our client Swedish Orient Line are doing really well and are significantly increasing their business.

They are now operating three new lines; between Finland, Germany, Benelux and the UK.  Two new ro-ro routes between Kemi, Oulu and Lübeck and Kemi, Oulu, Lübeck, Zeebrugge, Antwerp and Tilbury respectively will be serviced by three modern 1A super ice class vessels. The third line goes between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge and vessels Slingeborg and Schieborg, own by Wagenborg Shipping, will be operating the route.

SOL have also introduced a third vessel between Rostock and Hanko. As of the end of January 2015 M/V Merchant will operate on this shortest connection between Germany and Finland.

For more information, please read the press releases on SOL's web page.

 

LNG ferry for Destination Gotland!
Rederi Ab Gotland has signed a contract with Guangzhou Shipyard International in China for a new LNG-powered ro-pax.

When delivered in 2017, it will be the first Swedish-flagged passenger vessel using LNG. The new vessel will have a passenger capacity of 1 650 passengers.

To read the press release, click here (in Swedish).

BOOKIT News
2014-R3 has been out for a while and most of our clients have already taken the release. There are a lot of interesting enhancements and features included so if you don't have it yet, please take some time to read through the release notes found on the customer portal.

2015-R1 is done and the testing phase has begun. The release notes are not out yet but we can already reveal a few things; renewed loyalty scheme, renewed multi-leg support and more consistent terminology throughout the product.

 
BOOKIT Conference
September 15-17 we had our annual BOOKIT Conference on Ameland. The conference was held together with Wagenborg Passagiersdiensten B.V. We feel that the conference was a great success and we want to thank all attendees. A special thank you to Wagenborg PD for all their help with arranging the conference!

On the customer portal presentation material made by HFS is available. Also lots of pictures from the conference can be viewed.

#hogiagoeswest

Ten developers from Hogia visited Microsoft’s head office in Redmond, USA. The trip was the launch of a more in depth collaboration between Hogia and Microsoft.
Hogia’s employees are to work side by side with experts from Microsoft and together look at Hogia’s new cloud solution. Follow our developers on social media via #hogiagoeswest.


Hogia has a long history with Microsoft and this strengthens our relationship even further. Hogia is a Microsoft Gold Partner.
 
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