In 1996 the company was sold to a communications company GN Comtext, part of the
Danish Great Nordic group, and in 2001 the business was sold again to the US
Corporation Easylink Services. Services.
Naturally these companies were primarily interested in the communications and
transaction processing business, but during this time Nick Goss and Mike Close
were able to keep the Cargo Systems division profitable and its image sound.
FORMATION OF PLANTASK LTD
PlanTask Ltd was set up in September 2002 to maintain and develop the business
of providing container ship planning systems called PLANMASTER and TASKMASTER.
The founding members are Managing Director Gerry Endenburg, and Directors
Michael Close and Nick Goss. The company is based in Cardiff, in the UK.
PLANMASTER is a comprehensive containership planning and stowage coordination
software for effective ship operation, targetted at Liner Operators, Ship
Managers, Container Terminals and Stevedores.
TASKMASTER is a computerised load monitoring system for containerships, tailored
for individual vessels, and is usually supplied with industry-standard,
Type-Approved computer hardware for installation of the vessel.
The Company has very close links with the Ship Message Development Group (SMDG).
This User Group develops and promotes the UN/EDIFACT EDI messages for the