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May 24, 2023

Ship Management as part of your Digital Transformation

With more businesses embracing Digital processes, how can the shipping industry take advantage of digital transformation with Ship Management? Shipnet's John Wills takes us through some of the points to consider when choosing the right vessel management system for your business.

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Strategies for successfully implementing a Ship Management System                            


Shipping is frequently seen as a more traditional ‘slow and steady’ industry, being both slow to embrace change and steady in its progress towards modernisation.


Recently, the maritime industry has witnessed a significant shift towards digitalization and now, many shipping companies are looking to this new data to help streamline their operations and to drive continuous improvement.

Shipnet’s ship management system is a comprehensive software solution that integrates various modules that manage a vessel's day-to-day activities, including finance and accounting, voyage management, asset management, safety management, and procurement.

Knowing that solutions exist is only part of thejourney, though ...

Here are some strategies for implementing a ship management system as part of a digital transformation programme:

1. Assess your current processes

Before implementing your new solution, it helps to conduct a thorough assessment of your current processes. This will help you identify areas that need improvement and determine which modules will bring which benefits. For instance, you may require maritime software solutions to help with minimising the spares you need to keep at hand, of to better manage outstanding invoices via marine-specific accounting software or even boosting revenues through better management of vessel operations

2. Determine the benefits

Understanding the benefits of a ship management system is essential in gaining buy-in from stakeholders. Highlight the potential cost savings, increased efficiency, and improved safety that the system can provide. Additionally, explain how the system can enable better decision-making through easy to use analytics and dashboards.

3. Choose the right solution, not just the one you might know best

With several ship management systems available, choosing the right one can be a daunting task. Consider factors such as scalability, ease of use, and support. For ease of use and better integration, look for a vendor that offers a comprehensive solution that includes all the necessary modules for managing your vessel.

4.Train your crew

A ship management system is only as effective as the crew that uses it. Therefore, it is essential to provide comprehensive training to your crew on how to use the software solution. This will ensure that they can effectively utilize the system to realise the benefits you are expecting.

5. Implement in phases

It may be tempting to implement the vessel management system in one fell swoop. However, a phased approach is often more effective. Start with a few modules and gradually add more as your crew becomes comfortable with the software solution.

In conclusion, implementing a ship management system as an integral part of your digital transformation can be a dauntingt ask. However, by assessing your current processes, understanding the benefits, choosing the right solution, training your crew, and implementing in phases, you can ensure a smooth transition and put yourself ahead of the competition.

John Wills

VP Product

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