Miscommunication caused by a lack of understanding or an inability to express an instruction or order can cause countless issues in any workplace. And in shipping, those miscommunications can have a more serious knock on effect than in many industries.
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A maritime recruitment and crewing system solution is an integrated piece of software that allows you to do everything from applicant tracking to contract signing to crew planning to document storage to English Test scheduling to travel arrangements and more.
As a manager or manning agent working in maritime recruitment or crew planning in the shipping industry, you know how important it is to make sure that your office staff - your recruitment operators and your crew planners - are motivated and productive. Here are some tips to make sure that happens!
If you’re a manning agency, you don’t need us to tell you that you have a lot of competition - especially if you are located in a country where seafaring is one of the biggest professions. So how do you make sure you stand apart from that competition and attract more clients and better seafarers?
When you work in maritime recruitment and crew planning being organized is crucial. You have so many different aspects of the job to deal with that it can feel like you’re juggling twenty tasks at once. In fact, maritime recruitment can feel like regular recruitment on steroids sometimes!
One of the latest future technologies to be making waves (pun intended) in the maritime industry is A.I. - or Artificial Intelligence. Let's take a closer look at what A.I. can mean for the sector.
The book Ninety Percent of Everything aimed to explain the maritime industry to those not in it. It seems 90% was and is a source of amazement to outsiders so we’ve put together some facts you can use to blow the minds of non-mariner friends next time they ask you: “What it is you do again?!”
We’ve talked about A. I., blockchain and RFID before so we figured it was time to address big data. Is it just another flash in the pan or is it on course to make waves in the maritime industry? But what is big data and what can it do for shipping companies that want to use it to their advantage?
The dictionary defines adaptability as “...being able to adjust to new conditions.” And it’s a crucial trait for the maritime industry to possess: future technologies have infiltrated every facet of our traditional sector and companies who bury their heads in the sand need to shape up or ship out.
Do you see yourself living life on a container ship? Are you considering a career in the maritime industry? Maybe you just want to know what life on a vessel is like? Our office-based coworker recently spent a week on a cargo ship and this is a unique insight into day-to-day life at sea.
Collaboration is a word that gets thrown around a lot and as a result it can feel a bit meaningless. But in maritime recruitment and crew planning, collaborating with coworkers can mean the difference between an efficiently run department and one that’s struggling to meet crew change dates.
Applicant tracking systems (ATS) aren’t exactly breaking news, but in the world of maritime recruitment they can be an absolute lifesaver when it comes to sourcing candidates, keeping track of applications, and knowing exactly which stage of the recruitment process a seafarer is at any given time.
There will be a predicted shortage of 89,510 officers by 2026. To prevent this, employers will need to attract and retain as many potential seafarers as possible. We take a look at a few benefits you can offer to appeal to new recruits to offset any potential shortages.
Driverless cars have been making headlines for a while now but while the roads of our cities are yet to be populated by autonomous vehicles the technology is proving it’s not just a flash in the pan - so when will we see marine tech such as smart ships making waves?
Even if you’re just a casual reader of Martide’s Employer Blog and/or our Seafarer Blog, no doubt you’ll have noticed that we enjoy a good old fashioned list of seafarer quotes every now and again! So with that in mind, here are 10 maritime quotes about stormy seas for you to enjoy.
There are many benefits to working from home (goodbye commute, hello sweatpants!) but the one thing we all need to do is to ensure we remain as productive as we did when we were in our offices. But how do you do that? You do it by embracing technology. And in particular, Software as a Service.
We thought we’d take a look at which of our employer blog posts were most popular in 2020. So from maritime technology to crew management software solutions and from maritime recruitment to seaman quotes to attracting top talent, let’s run down Martide’s very own end of year top ten list.
Implementing new maritime recruitment software can be a challenge for a number of reasons. One of the biggest hurdles is potential resistance from your employees. Here’s how to deal with that, plus some other steps you need to take to ensure that adopting a new way of doing things is plain sailing.
There's lots of talk about the Internet of Things, or the IoT. But what is it? The IoT is the regular internet - but on steroids - and it 's one of many future technologies that can help the maritime industry improve, streamline and grow.
As a small to medium sized shipowner or manager, you don’t need us to tell you how busy you are. But if you’re not delegating to your team, you’re missing out on a trick. The thing is, in theory delegation sounds easy - but there’s more to it than simply telling someone to “Do that for me, please.”
RFID is used in things as commonplace as the key fobs and passes many of us use to swipe into our offices or secure spaces. However its ability to capture data and automatically generate reports makes it one of the future technologies most of interest to the maritime industry.
Technology is changing life at sea, seafarer jobs, maritime recruitment, crew management, seafarer training and the way the maritime industry operates. Martide take a look at some of the maritime technology making waves today.
The maritime industry is changing and shipowners and managers are seizing the opportunity to become innovators within the sector. Future technologies such as augmented, mixed and virtual reality are being used to attract and train new seafarers for jobs in the industry.
Maritime technology is advancing at great speed and shows no signs of slowing down. The UK Government's ‘Maritime 2050’ strategy highlighted technological advancement as being at the forefront of tackling the ever-increasing demand for global sea trade. Guest blog post by All At Sea.
The need for tech savvy people and seafarers means many shipping companies struggle to attract employees and contractors who have the latest technical skills. There’s a number of reasons and we take a look at some of them and consider how to address the lack of tech talent in the maritime industry.
The advance of marine tech means vessels are now very different places to work. And the way the industry is run behind the scenes is changing too due to the digitization of platforms and upgrading of software such as the use of web-based crewing systems. But what impact does this have on seafarers?
If you think about it from a traditional point of view, it might seem a little strange needing a seafarer who lists coding, programming or other techie skills on his or her maritime resume. But times are changing and like many sectors, the maritime industry is now starting to embrace digitization.
The maritime industry is packing up its sextants and paper charts and increasingly turning to automation and digitization. And while the new way of doing things may be quicker and more cost effective, it doesn’t come without a price.
There are so many moving parts in maritime recruitment and crew management in this industry that adopting cloud computing and integrated crewing systems has to be the way forward. Here's how Martide can help.
How is the digital transformation of the maritime industry changing the scope of seafarer jobs and lives? Will autonomous ships lead to a reduced number of crew? Martide takes a look.
To make a splash in the maritime industry your shipping company needs to go one further than sending the occasional newsletter. Today your digital presence is crucial and you must revamp your strategies from time to time to stand out from the competition.
The introduction of the ship container shook maritime transport and the industry to its core. Sure, boxes revolutionized it but they also effected employment figures. A similar transition is happening with the rise of eCommerce and automation of the industry: what’s changing the future this time?
Marine tech aside there's two facts about ships: 1) they’re almost always on the move 2) procuring spare parts at sea is almost impossible. So if certain repair and maintenance issues can only be dealt with while a ship is docked wouldn’t it be great to find a way to fix problems mid-voyage?
We’re facing a skills shortage. But there’s still a huge need for seafarers so for shipping companies or marine recruitment agencies to give up isn’t an option. What needs to change for shipowners to ensure they get first pick when looking for qualified seafarers who are looking for jobs at sea?
LNG fueled ships are potentially changing the future of the maritime industry. Liquefied Natural Gas has been proven to be a feasible replacement for oil based fuel. But as with any new marine tech this game changer for commercial shipping doesn't come without issues.
Currently making the world maritime news is the International Maritime Organization’s plan to implement a global sulfur cap. But if you haven’t had a chance to read up on this huge change for the shipping industry yet, Martide have the lowdown on what it is and what it means for shipping companies.
That there is a lack of women in maritime jobs will come as a shock to absolutely no-one. The reasons why have been discussed at length so how does the industry encourage females and increase the number of women at sea? After all, this rewarding career and a life at sea should be open to all!
Autonomous ships and smart ships are two buzzwords that have been doing the rounds in the maritime industry recently. And it’s not surprising that many seafarers have expressed concern for their future. But the rise of self sailing ships doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the mariner. Here’s why.
Pre-2010 most cyber security attacks were on individuals who through bad luck and naivety were defrauded out of financial or personal data. That was less than a decade ago but in tech terms it’s light years. Hackers have set their sights on bigger game - including the maritime industry.
Martide wish to offer our sincere congratulations to Nordic Hamburg who, in conjunction with Shell LNG, after five years of painstaking preparatory work, reached a huge milestone in the industry this week: executing the world’s very first simultaneous LNG bunkering during container cargo operations.
This year’s World Maritime Day theme is Empowering Women in the Maritime Community and so at Martide we thought it was only right to draw some attention to all of you women who are making their mark in this male dominated industry.
Martide are delighted to announce we are working with Arriva Shipping AS and Arriva Shipping Polska. Arriva were looking for a more efficient way to find and track job applicants and Martide’s efficient end-to-end hiring platform fulfilled their needs.
If you've a passing interest in marine tech and the technology of the future it’s likely you’ve heard of blockchain. The buzzword is increasingly being talked about within the context of the shipping industry. But what exactly is blockchain and what can it mean for ship owners and managers?
Used for more than headphones and speakers, Bluetooth is changing the future and being used in the maritime industry to boost everything from quality control processes and tracking to accountability in logistics operations.