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A beginner’s guide to ShipTech in bulk shipping

A guide for anyone who wants to learn more about the application of technology in bulk shipping

There’s a wide spectrum of bulk shipping software. However, it can be difficult to navigate and compare the different offerings without extensive consultation due to limited public information regarding products and pricing.

Over the coming months, we’ll delve into each category to give a better overview of each software - and the ease of access to get set up & start using.

If we’ve missed anyone important, please email to get them added (thanks to all for the suggestions so far!).

Category Sub-category Companies/Products
1. Ocean routing Nautical charts Transas, GeoGarage, C-Map, OpenSeaMap
1. Ocean routing Distance calculator AtoBviaC, aquaplot, Marine Traffic, Netpas, Searoutes, Portworld, Dataloy, Glomaris, Sea-Distances, Dreamtech, Softcom
2. Ship tracking AIS satellite companies ExactEarth, Spire, OrbComm
2. Ship tracking AIS resellers + costal providers Marine Traffic, Fleetmon, IHS, Vessel Tracker/Genscape, LuxSpace, Informa, AISHub, VesselFinder
2. Ship tracking AIS visualisation The Trade Net, Marine Taffic, Fleetmon, Bloomberg, BigOceanData
2. Ship tracking Port calls Marine Traffic, Fleetmon, IHS, VesselFinder
3. Ship data Vessel particulars Q88Dry, VesselsValue, Marine Traffic, Ocean Manager , Softship, IHS, Sea-Web, VesselTracker
3. Ship data Ship ownership Q88Dry, VesselsValue, Marine Traffic, Equasis, IHS
3. Ship data Risk rating of vessels IMRRA, Rightship, Polestar
4. Ship management Tanker cleaning Milbros
5. Brokerage Online platforms OceanFreightExchange, OpenSea.Pro,, VesselBot, SMT Chartering & Shipbroking
6. Tools for brokers Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Shipamax, System5, Dreamtech, Softcom
6. Tools for brokers Email parsing Shipamax, AXS Marine, Netpas, BalticSpot, System5, Dreamtech, Softcom
6. Tools for brokers Cargo / ship matcher Shipamax, Dreamtech, AXS Marine, Softcom
7. ERP systems Voyage management - can include chartering workflow, vessel management, vessel maintenance, risk management, invoicing etc Q88 VMS, Veson IMOS, SDSD,, Matrics, Danaos, System5, Dataloy
8. Costs & pricing Voyage calculators Veson IMOS, Softmar, Q88 Dry (for shipowners), Netpas, Glomaris, Freight Report, Danaos, System5, Dreamtech, Softcom
8. Costs & pricing Fixture data providers Baltic Exchange, Clarksons, Capesize Chartering, VLCC fixtures
8. Costs & pricing Port costs DA Desk, G ports, AXS Marine, ISS World of Ports, Diabos
8. Costs & pricing Bunker costs AXS Marine, Veson IMOS, Bunkerworld
8. Costs & pricing Ship valuation VesselsValue
9. Contract negotiation & management Contract management BIMCO IDEA, Chinsay, CP-Desk
10. Post fixture Bill of lading essDOCS, Bolero, WaveBl
10. Post fixture Demurrage claim manager HUB SE, Veson IMOS

Pre-voyage management with Shipamax

Here at Shipamax, our in-house team of developers and data scientists are focused on making Pre-Voyage Management for the 21st century. We’ll soon be accepting beta customers for Shipamax Pro. If you’re excited about the use of technology in shipping - sign up for Shipamax Free and we will reach out to understand how we can work together.

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