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The software landscape for dry bulk shipping

An overview of the types and providers of software in dry 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.

We’ve consulted with a huge range of shipping companies - here’s our findings on the most popular products in the market at the moment.

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
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 VesselsValue, Marine Traffic, IHS
3. Ship data Ship ownership VesselsValue, Marine Traffic, Equasis, IHS
3. Ship data Risk rating of vessels Rightship, Polestar, IMRRA
4. Online brokerage OceanFreightExchange, OpenSea.Pro, VesselBot, SMT Chartering & Shipbroking
5. Tools for brokers Tonnage Search AXS Marine, BalticSpot
6. ERP systems Brokers Trigonal, Compass, Softcom, System5
6. ERP systems Operators - Commercial Voyage Management Dataloy, Q88 VMS, Glomaris, Veson IMOS, System5,, Danaos
6. ERP systems Operators - Technical voyage Management, Matrics, Danaos, HanseaticSoft, SDSD, Tero Marine, Jibe, Bass, Star Information Systems, SpecTec, Mespas, Benefit, DNV.GL
7. Costs & pricing Stand-alone voyage calculators Netpas, Freight Report
7. Costs & pricing Fixture data providers Baltic Exchange, Clarksons, Capesize Chartering, VLCC fixtures
7. Costs & pricing Port costs DA Desk, ISS World of Ports, Diabos
7. Costs & pricing Bunker costs ClearLynx, Ship and Bunker, Platts, Bunkerworld
7. Costs & pricing Ship valuation VesselsValue
8. Contract negotiation & management Contract management Chinsay, CP-Desk, BIMCO IDEA
9. Email Clients SEDNA, Compass, Telix, System5, Outlook, Nordic IT, Softcom, Trigonal
10. Systems of intelligence Shipamax

A new intelligent layer from Shipamax

Here at Shipamax, we’ve created an intelligent layer that integrates with your existing tools and services to help quickly surface the information you need prefixture. Shipamax’s cloud-based platform is used by teams to work together and help keep track of the end-to-end process before it gets handed into your ERP.

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