Dispatch Dynamics, Inc. is a South Carolina corporation providing unparalleled dispatch solutions for maritime labor. DDI's flagship product, Harbor Watch a Maritime Information System is the only web-based dispatch application in the maritime industry today. Harbor Watch was built, tested and perfected to serve the membership of the International Longshoremen (ILA) on the East and Gulf Coasts and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on the West Coast.

Since the launch of their first dispatch application in 2013 and a flawless proof-of-concept Pilot in 2015*, DDI's maritime software has had zero down time in any of its installations.                       

*NOTE: Proof of Concept Pilot funded by the United States Maritime Alliance, USMX.


  • Schedules and dispatches maritime labor online, in real time, every time

  • Has six craft-based dispatch applications w/interactive labor orders and an association module

  • SmartScheduler displays real-time work orders and "live" maritime dispatch

  • Dispatch uses: optical card swipe, drag-and-drop functionality or automated dispatch

  • User-friendly, interactive and mobile-responsive

  • Designed for users with little or no computer skills

  • Scheduler deploys members with point-of-hire certifications

  • Insures that port workers meet employer job certifications

  • Dispatch orders emailed to employers and port security with member photos

  • ​User data backed up every three minutes on triple redundant servers

  • Applications are scaleable, table-driven with no hard-coding 

  • Requires no installation or additional hardware 

  • Five lightening-fast SMS functions contact members/employees instantly

  • Virtual Hiring Hall includes remote hiring with instant text messaging

  • No Power? No Internet? Dispatch from a laptop with mobile hot spot

  • Functions can be changed "on the fly" by a credentialed user 

  • Applications interface seamlessly with most payroll and time/attendance applications

  • ​Translated into most languages

A Virtual Hiring Hall introduced by DDI early in 2020 provides all the functionality of a brick and mortar dispatch hall without the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Using remote hiring and instant SMS features, workers can shape-up on their mobile phones and receive instant text messages confirming availability and job assignments. In the event of a port-wide emergency, our multi-platform application can send thousands of text messages with the click of a mouse.  Digital records of users' work history are stored in the cloud instead of in a closet. To read more about the benefits of our Virtual Hiring Hall click on this article in  Maritime Executive. 

Due to the elegant simplicity of its table-driven programming, Harbor Watch can easily be re-branded or reconfigured to serve any line of business that deploys a mobile workforce in single or multiple locations.     

About Dispatch Dynamics, Inc. 

Harbor Watch

A Maritime Information System built, tested and perfected to dispatch maritime labor

"Harbor Watch is a great product; great service... everyone loves it.  Just wish it was around 34 years ago when I first started."
JN - ILA Local 1771, Charleston SC

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