Enterprise Systems Analytics

Trends in Maritime Management Systems and Software

Today’s marine transportation companies operate in an era exemplified by advances in technology, automation, and software. For example, a steady stream of new offerings in navigation software and marine electronics may be found throughout the industry. However, when it comes to Maritime Management Systems and their respective software platforms the maritime industry faces comparatively fewer industry offerings in the field and a smaller knowledge base among users. By Maritime Management Systems, I refer to organized information management systems intended for the management of government compliance, standards (e.g., ISM, RCP, ISO 14001, ISO 9001), emissions monitoring and reporting,maintenance, training, payroll, logistics and other related activities. Although the mariner knowledge base concerning Maritime Management Systems is expanding, due in part to increased regulatory requirements and global customer requirements, user awareness isn’t as widespread as other areas in part because compliance programs are not universally adopted. Reasons for this include a perception that compliance is overly burdensome and often not related to the work at hand.

As this article introduces, Maritime Management Systems for compliance and other activities can actually be customer-oriented, user-friendly, and relevant to the daily work of mariners. One way these positive attributes can be obtained is through system organization informed by best industry practices. Best practice approaches are enhanced by harnessing recent trends in technology and software. On the Maritime Management System organizational front, two trends are worthy of note: a process approach; and management system integration.
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