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Marina launches digital initiatives to modernize shipping industry

Marina launches digital initiatives to modernize shipping industry
Genivi Verdejo December 6, 2023

THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is set to launch three new digital initiatives to bring the shipping industry into the digital era, enhancing operations, reporting, and overall efficiency.

Sonia Malaluan, Marina Deputy Administrator for Planning, said the Maritime Transportation Information System (Maris) will be launched in the first semester of next year, along with two other systems — Marina Blockchain-Enabled Automated Certification System (BEST) and Maritime Energy Demand Information and Analysis Software (Medians).

This initiative aims to digitalize (SIC) the shipping industry, allowing shipping companies to input operational data into a database, and facilitating comprehensive reporting for ships with franchise or authority to operate.

Funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DoST-PCIEERD), and in collaboration with the University of the Philippines, the goal is to develop modular software and tools for effective operational reporting and route capacity measurement as part of the modernization plan for the maritime industry.

Maris, focusing on rationalizing vessel routes, aims to optimize transport systems based on historical demand, minimizing investment risks, and enhancing efficiency. The Navis software, currently in its second development phase, includes a database feature for compiling and storing routes, ships, trips, and port data. Upcoming features include a new route component addressing unserved routes using mode shift analysis and a network-wide feature employing a hub-and-spoke approach to assess vessel supply adequacy.