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Improving the operational efficiency and quality of shipping services

D2.2.2.3 Integrated Fleet Managment ICT Systems ILS 7June10.pdf


Operational competitiveness of shipping companies is largely dependent on the way they respond to market forces including: 

·    Economic trends

·    Legislation or regulatory requirements

·    Competitive activity

·    Technological advances

·    Industry structural changes

·    Factors affecting crew availability


Several of the above factors may act simultaneously to create a need for improved or changed processes at any moment, and the factors (as well as the strengths of influence) may vary over time.


Successful companies deal with the above by ensuring that their business processes enable them to operate efficiently at all times, and that all necessary information to enable decision making is available when needed and at the point of need. This requires integrated fleet management processes and support systems. However, this is a highly challenging task for shipping operators as they often rely on numerous proprietary applications often different ones for different vessels. 


Fleet Management Systems:

·          Communication Systems 

·          Fleet Management Application Software 

·          Administration and Documentation Management/Vessel Drawings/Handbooks 

·          Financial Management

·          Chartering 

·          Fleet Scheduling

·          Loading/Unloading 

·          Maintenance and Repair

·          Purchasing and Inventory 

·          Crew Management and Payroll

·          Voyage Management

·          Quality and Compliance 

·          Application Software Suppliers 


The objective of the study is to review integrated fleet management approaches and to suggest credible options, their strengths and weakness.

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   Glossary Terms


Chartering is the arrangement made between a ship owner and a cargo owner for the transportation of goods by means of one or more ships. The goods are transported from the shipper (sender) to the receiver. In order to make this market more flexible as well as cost and time efficient, a brokerage network is in place. By means of brokerage, transportation agreements are reached in a more sophisticated manner.
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A Fleet contains a number of Ships of different types (e.g. tankers, bulk-carriers) and can be subdivided according to geographical/topological criteria (Mediterranean fleet, Atlantic fleet etc.). A ship can be a member of several fleets.
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