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BIMCO joins Shipdex to promote shipping digitalisation

Representatives of the original nine Shipdex executive members were present at BIMCO to sign the agreement Representatives of the original nine Shipdex executive members were present at BIMCO to sign the agreement

BIMCO has signed an agreement with Shipdex to support the development and exchange of technical and logistics data across the shipping community, a deal which will also see BIMCO become an executive member of the Shipdex steering committee.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The two organisations note that they share a common interest in the promotion of standardisation and digitalisation of data exchange processes in the shipping industry, with recently elected BIMCO president Anastasios Papagiannopoulos having highlighted digitalisation as a key theme for his presidential term.

The agreement was signed by Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO deputy secretary general, and representatives from the original nine Shipdex executive members – Grimaldi Group, Mastermind Shipmanagement, Alfa Laval, MacGregor Group, Man Diesel & Turbo, Shipdex Consulting, Yanmar Company, G&C Shipping and Rolls Royce.

“This new venture will be of great benefit to our members and will complement BIMCO’s exciting portfolio of products and services,” said Mr Pedersen.

“Shipdex fits neatly with our objective to help ease the administrative burdens for ships and masters. Shipowners will be able to reduce time, administration and costs as this new system is quicker and easier to use, with zero disruption to the ship at sea.”

Shipdex chairman, Giancarlo Coletta, added; “We welcome BIMCO as an executive member of the Shipdex protocol, as we work with the shipping industry to exchange electronic technical data between all parties, in a safe, reliable and effective way.”

“We are convinced that Shipdex protocol is the best candidate to became the universal standard for the exchange of technical data. Securing the support of the final user is the next step ahead for the diffusion of real electronic documentation, when this happens the industry will save money, time, paper and space because the Shipdex protocol has all the necessary features to become the universal standard for shipping industry.”

Shipdex employs a common source database for storing, publishing and exchanging technical and logistics data across the shipping community. Instruction manuals, maintenance plans and spare parts catalogues can be shared between any company or organisation that wishes to use the protocol, in a neutral and standardised format.{/mprestriction}

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