McGREGOR Sea & Air Services (MSAS) has invested US$1.2 million in a computer system to automate its sea freight forwarding management functions in Hongkong. Mr Richard Fan, account manager of ICL which handled the project, said: ''The customers were looking for a platform which would enhance their business operations and match their expansion plans.'' MSAS selected the DRS6000 hardware as it was open, reliable with a proven track record in shipping, and was readily upgradable, he said. ''The Compass software is very user-friendly, provides management information and offers features that streamline daily operations. It simplifies work while improving results,'' Mr Fan said. Mr Steve Kong, sales manager of Compass, said the Compass software consisted of a base sea freight system and a variety of additional modules including air freight, accounting, import and export, warehouse inventory, electronic data interchange (EDI), and customer linkage. ''The Compass sea freight package can be expanded with additional software modules as a company grows or expands into other areas,'' he said.