BIMCO joins forces with Shipdex to push digitalisation of data

BIMCO and Shipdex have signed an agreement to support the development and exchange of technical and logistic data across the shipping community, and to include BIMCO as an executive member of Shipdex steering committee.

The agreement was signed at BIMCO Head office, Copenhagen by Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General and representatives from the original nine executive members – Grimaldi Group, Mastermind Shipmanagement, Alfa Laval Tumba, MacGregor Group, Man Diesel & Turbo, Shipdex Consulting, Yanmar Company, G&C Shipping and Rolls-Royce.

The two organisations share a common interest to promote the standardisation and digitalisation of data exchange in the shipping industry, with recently elected BIMCO President Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, setting it out as a key theme for his presidential term.

Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General at BIMCO 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.”

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 become 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 Shipdex Protocol has all the necessary features to became the universal standard for shipping industry.”

The Shipdex Protocol is designed to be used by ship owners, shipyards, manufacturers, classification societies and application service providers, it uses a common source database to store, retrieve, publish and exchange technical and logistic 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 it, in a neutral and standardised format, safely and securely.