Top ten features of a useful vessel tracking/intelligence tool

If you were to build an ultimate, state of the art vessel intelligence and tracking solution, what would be the top ten most critical features of it. Clearly this depends on they type of maritime player that will be using it so, just answer from your own perspective (agency, ship chandler, ship manager etc…).


From a ship supplier perspective the below are important:

  1. Accurate locations (AIS data) of vessels
  2. Accurate ownership information of vessels
  3. Up-to-date contact information of vessel management / owner
  4. Accurate ETA information
  5. HSFO (scrubber) or not
  6. Historic information (vessels that visited my ports in the past year etc.)
  7. Ability to receive alerts when a vessel is arriving at my ports
  8. Ability to receive alerts when ETA date or ETA port changes
  9. If possible, vessel email (to directly reach the master for bonded sales etc.)
  10. If possible, information regarding the crew nationality.

If all of this could be captured in a vessel intelligence solution that would be great for ship suppliers, to be able to market their offerings to vessels of interest.

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From a ship management perspective, prioritization of the following features for an ultimate vessel intelligence and tracking solution:

  1. Real-Time Position Tracking: Similar to the ship supplier’s perspective, having accurate real-time AIS data is crucial for ship management. Not only would we want to know where our ships are, but also the status and health of onboard systems.
  2. Predictive Maintenance Alerts: Advanced analytics that predict when parts of the ship may need maintenance can help prevent failures and reduce downtime.
  3. Efficiency Analysis: Software that can analyze a vessel’s performance in real-time and give insights on fuel efficiency, speed, and load, to optimize voyage performance.
  4. Crew Management Information: Access to information regarding crew schedules, qualifications, and certification expiry dates, for effective crew management.
  5. Port Information: Data about port facilities, berthing schedules, restrictions, tariffs, and local regulations can help in effective port call planning.
  6. Automated Reporting: The ability for the software to generate and send reports automatically (e.g., daily position reports, incident reports, etc.) can save a lot of time.
  7. Compliance Tracking: Keeping track of all regulatory and industry compliance requirements, including upcoming inspections or audits.
  8. Risk Assessment: AI-driven risk assessment tools that can analyze various data points and predict potential safety risks.
  9. Incident Management: A feature that helps manage incidents, should they occur, by tracking, documenting, and analyzing the incident for future risk mitigation.
  10. Integration Capabilities: Lastly, it’s important for the software to be able to integrate with other systems used in ship management, like finance and accounting software, procurement systems, etc. This can help provide a more comprehensive and holistic view of the ship’s operations.

Like @aydin-mammadov and @ruzgar-zere mentioned, different stakeholders in the maritime industry would have different priorities and requirements, but these are the features would be considered most critical from a ship management standpoint.