Azam Marine to pioneer cell phone payments with Carus

Sept. 2010

Tanzanian fast ferry operator Azam Marine/Coastal Fast Ferries to implement CarRes in wake of new vessel order.

With the ink barely dry on their contract to purchase Kilimanjaro III the forward looking East African operator has teamed up with Carus to install their booking, ticketing, departure-control and administration system.

Operations Director, Hussein M Said, explains the decision to introduce the system as an important element of their strategic plan to create a professional infrastructure which will establish them as the foremost operator in the region; “With the newly delivered and ordered vessels, the terminal we have built and the new docking pontoon in Dar es Salaam we are moving ahead rapidly with our plans. CarRes will allow us to broaden our sales channels with online bookings for the public and our trade partners and improve our port procedures with the introduction of automated check-in processes”.

“One of the major challenges with this project is the lack of a banking infrastructure in Tanzania which gives us issues with taking payments online; one of the ways we will be combating this is to develop what we believe will be the industry’s first integration with mobile phone payment solutions” observes Anders Rundberg, CEO of Carus. “For many years we have been working with traditional payment gateways for processing credit and debit card transactions but very few Tanzanians have these cards or bank accounts so we need to tap in to the solutions that are available locally, and the use of mobile phones to pay bills is commonplace here.”

According to Anders this will be another fast track project for Carus with implementation slated to be just 6 weeks from start to finish: “We will install the system remotely and do the basic configuration before we arrive on site as we know most of the business rules & parameters we need to setup.” From Azam Marines perspective the fact that they are buying into a well-established solution that is constantly evolving gives them security in the knowledge that their investment will continue to provide them with a best of breed solution well into the future.

About Azam Marine/Coastal Fast Ferries

As international tourists discover the magnificent destination of Tanzania, Azam Marine and Coastal Fast Ferries are moving with the times to provide them with swift and comfortable ferry services.
The Tanzanian companies are pursuing a vigorous policy of modernizing and maintaining its fleet in line with fast-moving developments in the world of water transport.

The air conditioned catamarans were built in Australia to Azam’s specifications to provide that best possible services for Tanzanian travellers, international tourists and businessman.
The entire fleet of vessels has up to date communication and navigation instrumentation along with stringent safety equipment on board. The crews are well trained and experienced.

Azam Marine and Coastal Fast Ferries will be the first passengers ferry company in Tanzania to deploy a modern online ticketing system.

About Carus

Carus is focused on the passenger shipping industry providing advanced reservations and departure control solutions that are constantly evolving to meet the ever changing operational demands of our clients.

The Carus system, CarRes, is a tried and tested solution that provides the 24/7 reliability required by mission critical applications, especially when delivered as a Managed Service out of our computer centres in Europe and the USA.

CarRes is a Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) application designed for call-centre and web sales as well as port operations. In addition to the core functions for booking and check-in Carus provides both the hardware and software for automated check-in and boarding, routines for Customer Relationship Management and Business Intelligence (BI) as well as multiple standard interfaces utilizing web services, SOAP / XML and Unicorn.

For over a decade Carus has been serving a growing client base which includes operators in the Baltic, Europe, Africa, the United States and Australia. Carus clients cover every aspect of the ferry industry and operate virtually every type of vessel proving the versatility and flexibility of their solutions.