Why You Must Add Your Business to an Online Maritime Directory

Apr 09, 2024 · 10 mins read ·

All Things Martide, Maritime Industry
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In the vast and interconnected world of the maritime industry with its many different spheres, visibility is key to navigating the tides of competition that you no doubt face in your specific niche. 

Whether you’re a maritime recruitment or manning agency, a working gear supplier, a medical test center, a seafarer training provider, a travel agency or any other related business, there’s no two ways about it: 

It’s a crowded marketplace and you need an online presence.  

In this digital age, the importance of an online presence for businesses in all sectors, cannot be overstated. For maritime companies, being listed in a reputable online directory is not just a ‘nice thing to have’; It's a strategic necessity. 

Why you must add your business to an online maritime directory

Here’s why adding your info to an online directory can help you grow your business in the shipping industry, highlight your company’s brand and set you on a course for new opportunities and growth.

You’ll have enhanced visibility in a specialized marketplace

You don’t need us to tell you that the maritime industry is vast, encompassing everything from shipping, vessel operations, maritime recruitment, and crew management and planning, to travel and flight bookings, training, medical examinations, port operations and other marine services. 

And much, much more. 

An online directory that has been specifically created for the maritime sector, in particular service providers, acts as a beacon, guiding potential clients to your services amidst a sea of competitors. 

By adding your business details to an online marketplace or directory, you’ll be ensuring that when shipping companies, Crew Managers, Recruitment Officers or other individuals need maritime services, your name is on their radar.

You’ll connect with new customers

Every business aims to expand its customer base, and what better way to achieve this than by positioning yourself where potential clients are actively searching? 

A good online maritime directory, such as Martide’s, will neatly sort service providers by category, allowing users to find exactly who or what they are looking for and directly connect with the services they seek. 

By listing your company, you’re putting your services front and center of a pool of new customers who are actively looking for the maritime solutions you offer.

You’ll reach a larger, global audience

The maritime industry is inherently global, and so are its clients. Whether it's shipping companies looking for repair services, Recruitment Officers looking for a manning agency, Crew Managers seeking new seafarer training providers or Crew Planners needing flights, the demand spans continents. 

An online directory eliminates geographical barriers, putting your business in front of an international audience 24/7. This global visibility can significantly enhance your company’s reach, potentially opening up geographical markets you hadn’t considered or tapped into before.

You’ll benefit from cost-effective (or free!) marketing

Marketing might not be something you really consider to be part of your remit, but it never hurts to expose your products or services to a potential new audience.  

Listing your business in an online maritime directory is a cost-effective marketing strategy - especially if it's free to list on a site! It offers a high return on little-to-no-investment, especially considering the exposure and direct leads it can generate compared to traditional advertising methods. 

Martide’s online maritime marketplace allows you to list your company’s details for free. There’s no hidden costs and no contracts - just the ability to get more eyeballs on your company’s contact details!

You’ll improve your SEO and online presence

And while we’re on the subject of marketing…

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is crucial for any business aiming to stand out online. Usually it’s left to your marketing team to worry about making sure other businesses can find you on Google or Bing, and it’s a job that comes with lots of trial and error and digging into stats and algorithms.

However, listing your business in a maritime directory is a really quick and easy way of significantly boosting your website’s SEO. Good quality directories are often seen as authoritative sites by search engines, and a link to your company in a directory can improve your site’s search engine ranking. 

This means when potential customers search for your particular maritime service or product, your business is more likely to surface at the top of search results, driving organic traffic and potential leads to your website.

You’ll build trust and credibility

Trust is the anchor of all business relationships, especially in an industry as critical as maritime. With so many other manning agencies, travel agents, working gear suppliers and training providers in the marketplace, it can be hard to know who you can rely on.

A listing in a reputable online shipping directory acts as a badge of credibility. Potential clients are more inclined to trust your business when they see it in a professional directory, as it implies a level of vetting and approval. 

For example, at Martide, we regularly check our online maritime marketplace and remove any companies who don’t satisfy our criteria.

This perceived trustworthiness can be a decisive factor for clients when choosing between you and a competitor.

You’ll create networking opportunities

The maritime industry thrives on connections and partnerships. An online directory or marketplace not only connects you with potential clients but also with other businesses in the shipping sector. 

This can lead to strategic partnerships, collaborations, or even insights into industry trends and best practices. Networking through a shared platform can open doors to opportunities that might not have been accessible otherwise.

You’ll showcase your services and USP

Ah yes, your USP. The Unique Selling Points that set your agency or provider apart from all of the others in your particular niche in the maritime industry. But how do you make sure potential clients know what your USPs are?

An online directory listing allows you to showcase your services, Unique Selling Points and any certifications, accreditations or awards your business holds. 

Your own individual listing acts as a mini-advertisement, where you can highlight what sets you apart from the competition. Whether it’s your decades of experience, huge pool of seafarers, or state-of-the-art marine training solutions, this is your chance to make a compelling case to prospective clients.

Online maritime directories: What should you do next?

So how do you know which maritime marketplaces are worth adding your company’s details to? Here are a few pointers which should help you decide. (Although, we will just say, it’s not that much of a high stakes deal and you really don’t have much to lose by adding your info to a directory. Unless of course they’re charging you for the privilege!)

  • Ideally you want to only add your listing to reputable, well-designed and user-friendly directories. If a website is outdated and poorly designed, it’s not going to make you look great either.
  • There are plenty of free maritime marketplaces and directories out there that work just as well as ones that charge for a subscription, so don’t think that you have to fork out money to get results.
  • Add your details to as many directories as you can find - but remember our first point: quality over quantity.
  • Make sure you fill in all your details. A half-baked entry that only has your company name and website address won’t have anyone reaching out. Include your logo, About Us bio and full contact information.

In the digital era, where the first port of call is often a search engine, ensuring your maritime business is visible and accessible online is crucial. Listing your company in an online directory is more than a marker on the digital map; it’s a strategic move that can lead to new customers, global reach, and enhanced credibility. 

What should your next move be? Create your listing and add your travel agency, working gear supplier, training company, medical center or manning agency to Martide’s free online maritime marketplace and start connecting with new clients today! 

Eve Church

Eve Church

Eve is Martide's content writer, publishing regular posts on everything from our maritime recruitment and crew planning software to life at sea. Eve has been writing professionally for more than two decades, crafting everything from SEO-focused blog posts and website landing pages to magazine articles and corporate whitepapers.


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