Working together and in coordination with each other is important for smooth functioning of any industry. Information exchange system is one way of doing that. Through effective communication between various entities of an industry, there is a flow of knowledge which prevents stagnation from seeping in. It is no surprise that information exchange in maritime industry happens to be just as important.
Some experts believe that importance of information exchange somehow becomes even greater due to the global implications of information. In marine industry, this can be done through several ways. Moreover, there have also been information exchange events like GMISS (the Global Maritime Information Sharing Symposium) which aims for efficient exchange of ideas. This is why an efficient information exchange system is the key to smooth functioning of entire marine industry.
We enumerate some important benefits of information exchange in the maritime industry.
Information exchange allows a better coordination between ships which is needed no matter for what purpose the ship is sailing. It is due to importance of coordination in marine industry that even more efforts are being made at developing an information exchange system that will allow greater coordination.
Such a system would include features like Virtual Regional Maritime Traffic center, the Maritime Safety and Security Information System, the Long Range Identification and tracking and the Regional Co-operation Agreement on combating piracy and armed robbery. Such a system allows coordination in every situation from planning a transit through a narrow region to warding off a piracy attack.
2.Greater safety of ships
An effective information exchange system allows better coordination between the ships, hence greater safety of ships. In case of maritime accidents, this efficient system will allow rapid information exchange which will help reaching the ship in trouble sooner.
Especially in case of maritime accidents like grounding of a ship or a pirate attack where it becomes difficult for a ship to communicate on its own, an information exchange system can be very helpful
A better information exchange system would improve the scope of trade globally. The shared information here could include cargo information about ships leaving from various ports, connecting ships scheduling etc. which will mean ships can communicate better and trade can improve.
4.Sharing information and experiences
Through maritime information exchange, there is not only exchange of knowledge but also of valuable experience. This will allow mariners to learn from each other’s experience, getting precious details about expeditions other mariners have been on like handling various maritime accidents, running into unexpected situations etc. and add more to their knowledge.
Allowing a proper threshold for such information exchange in maritime industry can open up gates for better learning experiences for mariners.
5.Better trade options
An information exchange system can be a single international organization that will regulate information and make it available to one and all, making important piece of knowledge known while keeping the other sensitive bits in safety. The main idea behind such a system is the scope of better trade options.
An internationally maintained organization will be the centre point of flux of all the information and will make trading smoother. That way, ships can communicate directly, sharing their information through a single body. This can open up a lot of trading options which sometimes may not be recognized due to lack of information.
6.Discuss problems and views about current issues
Information exchange events organized all over the world are the perfect opportunity for seafarers and shipping from all over the world to discuss their problems. At a recent maritime information exchange vessel operator’s meeting, everything from marine environment to maritime accidents to specific and future threats to marine industry was discussed. This constructive flow of information surely helps all shipping companies present in terms of their future planning and present management.