Fleet management systems: how software is evolving the maritime industry

It is likely that any company which operates ships, be they for goods or people, will have land-based offices as well as their oceangoing vessels. While the staff in the offices will often deal with procurement, employment, purchasing and scheduling of both vessels and essential works, the ship’s staff will manage other aspects of the operation alongside the safe transportation of goods and/or people from port to port.

Regardless of the size of the fleet, it is important that’s all aspects of the business are able to effectively communicate and manage processes effectively and accurately across the business including those who may be at sea. Traditionally many of these companies will be using several different platforms to managing complete various tasks and processes which then needs to be integrated into other systems to be able to be communicated or used elsewhere.

Streamlining fleet management

With the evolution of technology, maritime businesses both large and small are now able to access all in one solutions for their fleet management. This ship management software allows businesses to have access points to data, information and records from around the world including the transfer data from ship to shore and in reverse.

With the complete overview of data and a streamlined workflow that these packages allow, the business can ensure that it is operating in the most effective way possible and that all of its staff regardless of their location or position are able to access and input data.

Some of the key features of these fleet management systems include analytics, document and certification management, budgetary information, defect reporting, and the process of dry docking a ship. On top of this, because all of the information is housed within one system, it is easily and readily available to all those who need access to it via secure data transfer.

Accurate data synchronisation

There are of course times when a ship is not able to access a connection which will allow them to synchronise data. With off-line functionality, these software solutions enable staff on board to continue to access information and input Data where required. Once a reliable connection is restored, the system will automatically perform a synchronisation across the network and both land-based and ship-based staff will be able to see the most up-to-date information

Shipping and logistics

Of course, one of the primary concerns for any maritime business carrying either goods or people is logistics. Ship management software allows all users to access delivery information including the necessary documentation to shipments arriving at Port and any logistical considerations which need to be made throughout the transportation of goods or people. Because of the connected nature of the software, these details can be updated by those on board or on land as necessary and mean that any changes to regulations, inventory, or route for example can be immediately accessed by the entire Business.

With many other features, these software systems are revolutionising fleet management and enabling maritime businesses to streamline their workflow saving time and money in the process.