Times have changed and deciding whether or not to “go digital” is no longer something companies can afford to consider in maritime recruitment and the shipping industry in general. If technology is not being embraced within an organization, it’s going to fall behind its competitors.

However it’s crucial to consider which technologies are worth investing time and money in, as there can be various benefits depending on the resources that a company chooses to use.

Digitization can be extremely beneficial when it comes to the running of a business, and that includes small to medium sized shipping companies.

Technology has the power to enhance all industries and all companies. Particularly important is its ability to transform tedious and repetitive tasks into automated processes. It also allows for more organized and efficient planning for every aspect of operations.

Not convinced? Technology doesn’t need to be a frightening and unknown entity if you know the right places to look for the best tools.

The maritime industry has been experiencing a shift in the use of technology for communication and connection for a number of years now. Therefore it is important that shipowners and ship managers (as well as manning agents and maritime recruitment agencies) take advantage of the latest digital opportunities so that they stay relevant and competitive in the changing marketplace.

Technology is being used by all members of the maritime industry, including shipping companies themselves, seafarers on vessels and shore based employees.

Everything from navigation right down to maritime recruitment and crew management can now be managed through intelligent software systems and be done from anywhere in the world.

Crew management systems allow employers to easily implement more efficient processes and streamline the sharing of information between seafarers, maritime recruitment agencies, manning agents and the shipowner or manager.

Sharing information with ease allows for quick action based on changes in circumstances, helping to prevent issues and potentially saving time and money.

For example: when using an integrated software system, if a crew member falls sick while he or she is onboard a vessel and needs to disembark for treatment, the crew manager on shore can be quickly notified.

Then, thanks to their crew management system, they’ll be able to find a replacement seafarer with the relevant qualifications and visas, and arrange for them to replace the original crew member in the quickest time possible.

When seafarer and vessel data, as well as copies of certificates and documents are all uploaded into and shared using a cloud-based system, all relevant parties will have access to the same information.

This makes communication and finding a new seafarer, checking his or her documentation and arranging flights to the vessel’s next port of call far more efficient.

Martide has designed and developed an online recruitment and crew management platform which connects shipowners, managers, maritime recruitment agencies, and seafarers all in one digital space.

Our website and mobile app also have an inbuilt messaging function enabling easy communication no matter which far flung corners of the globe a shipowner, seafarer or manning agent may be.

Our software solution ensures real-time updates via a web based platform for sourcing and hiring candidates, and managing crew. It’s a crewing board for seafarers and a unified recruitment and management system for employers.

It also enables shipping companies to connect with international manning agents with only one contract and shifts focus from administering the process to selecting and recruiting the most suitable candidates.

Once a shipping company has registered an account with Martide, users will be able to search our extensive candidate database, filtering by a seafarer’s rank, qualifications and experience.

Our system also enables employers to build their own recruitment pipelines for faster hiring, manage interviews, conduct contract negotiations, and run reports and analytics so you can tweak and refine your recruitment processes.
If you’re a shipowner or manager, contact us today to see how we can help your shipping company recruit and manage crew more efficiently.