International shipping association BIMCO and Shipdex have agreed to support the digitisation of data across the shipping community.
Shipdex is an independent and non-proprietary electronic standard protocol, or a collection of business and writing rules, which are designed to be used by shipowners, shipyards, manufacturers, classification societies and application service providers.
The agreement will see BIMCO become an executive member of the Shipdex steering committee, and both the parties will support the development and exchange of technical and logistic data to help drive efficiency.
In addition, the move will standardise information in the shipping industry, while decreasing the administrative load for ships and administrations.
The agreement was signed by various BIMCO representatives, including Grimaldi Group, Mastermind Shipmanagement, Alfa Laval Tumba, MacGregor Group, Man Diesel & Turbo, Shipdex Consulting, Yanmar Company, G&C Shipping and Rolls Royce.
BIMCO deputy secretary general Lars Robert Pedersen said: “This new venture will be of great benefit to our members and will complement BIMCO’s exciting portfolio of products and services.
“Shipdex fits neatly with our objective to help ease the administrative burdens for ships and masters.
“Ship owners 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.”
The Shipdex Protocol stores, retrieves, publishes and exchanges technical and logistic data across the shipping community via a common source database.
It allows any company or organisation to safely and securely share instruction manuals, maintenance plans and spare parts catalogues in a standardised format.
Image: Shipdex agreement signing. Photo: courtesy of BIMCO.