23 January 2006
Acceptance of ShipServ’s trading platform for marine supplies leads to record growth in transaction volumes in 2005
During 2005 ShipServ’s clients increased their transactions by 266%, making it a threshold year for the company.
While it took about 5 years for the 1st million transactions to take place (by mid-2005), the six months to year-end 2005, saw the completion of the next 500,000 transactions – a massive increase on the previous 5 years and further evidence of ever increasing customer acceptance.
A million transactions represent an enormous saving in resources, both physical (paper) and in manpower, not to mention associated costs. It is equivalent to a pile of paper the height of the Eiffel Tower. Laid end-to-end the paper would stretch from the Eiffel Tower to St Peter’s in Rome (1100 km).
The rapidly growing acceptance of conducting business over the independent web-based trading platform – TradeNet – has come about because customers have been able to prove to themselves the savings in time and manpower that
e-commerce can provide.
ShipServ’s trading platform is easily adaptable to the majority of existing ship management software, a factor that has made it easy to persuade potential customers to use ShipServ’s e-commerce solutions.
Over the past 12 months, a significant number of customers have joined ShipServ, with the number of fleets connected to TradeNet increasing from 31 to over 50, representing an active fleet of some 1,500 ships. This represents more than 5% of the world’s ocean-going fleet of over 5,000 grt.
Third party ship managers, including Anglo Eastern Shipmanagement, Meridian Marine Management, Norbulk Shipping, Teekay Marine Services, and TESMA have all convinced themselves of the value of ShipServ’s TradeNet and are using the trading platform actively and aggressively. In addition, ship owners such as Hoegh Fleet Services, J. Lauritzen and Vroon as well as in-house management companies, CEC Shipmanagement, MSC Ship Management and NYK Shipmanagement are trading on ShipServ’s TradeNet platform.
ShipServ’s CEO, Paul Østergaard, looking forward, predicts:
“We believe that in 2006, ShipServ’s 5,000+ suppliers will sell as much as US$0.75 billion dollars worth of goods. This means that some 7,000 transactions will be made every working day by our 12,000 users spread over 90 countries.”
As additional added value, ShipServ is now offering its members Key Performance Indicators (KPI) tracking, whereby buyers can now benchmark themselves against various average performance levels and similarly, suppliers can track their own performance on such measures as speed of response, number of requests for quotes (RFQs) per order etc.
As a result of KPI, buyers have reported that they are pleased with the increasing positive responses from suppliers within the system – e.g. in the last quarter of 2005, up to 56% of suppliers replied within one day to RFQs received.
All in all, ShipServ continues to be enthusiastic about the overall e-commerce market and in its own technology being superior and of more value to both buyers and suppliers – a point amply proven by the statistics shown above.
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ShipServ was founded in 1999 and is the world’s leading provider of maritime
e-commerce solutions that bring business benefits to ship owners / managers and suppliers alike, via the TradeNet e-commerce trading platform.
TradeNet, ShipServ’s web-based trading platform:
ShipServ TradeNet is the world’s largest independent trading platform for ship supplies and neutral, i.e. not controlled neither by buyer nor supplier interests.
The advantages of TradeNet have already been proven to 50+ ship managers and owners with more than 1,500 vessels doing 1,500,000 transactions annually, with 5,000+ suppliers.
Last year saw a 266% increase in the number of transactions made via TradeNet.
In the last quarter 9 fleets joined ShipServ TradeNet: AJ Ship Management GmbH (Germany), MMS Shipmanagement (Japan), Neom Maritime Pte Ltd. (Singapore), Norbulk Shipping (UK), Samsun Logix Corp. (Korea), Sandigan Ship Services Inc. (Philippines), Solvang ASA (Norway), Star Reefers (UK) and B+H Equimar Pte. Ltd. (Singapore). In addition OSG added a significant number of ships following its acquisition of Stelmar.
ShipServ’s electronic Ship Supply Management (eSSM) Solution includes:
ShipServ’s electronic Ship Supply Management Solution includes the following modules: Sourcing, Order Management, Catalogue Management, Delivery Management and Business Intelligence. An Invoice Management module will be released later this year.
ShipServ TradeNet and ShipServ’s electronic Ship Supply Management solutions simplify the procurement process for shipping companies and suppliers alike. Old-fashioned fax and paper transactions are replaced with electronic trade resulting in savings in time and money throughout the supply chain. The automatic transferring of data between the shipping company’s procurement system and the supplier’s order management system reduces misdeliveries and the need for clarification communications.
ShipServ provides eSSM solutions for participants across the entire range of the marine marketplace, from shipping companies with just a few ships to the largest multinational ship managers; from small local ship chandlers to the largest OEM’s, contract suppliers and trading houses.
For more information or to arrange to see a demonstration of ShipServ’s electronic Ship Supply Management (eSSM) Solutions, please contact:
Lone K. Jensen
+45 3341 1070