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Maritime Industry to Use Blockchain Technology in Crew Certification

The Maritime industry is using a Blockchain-based platform to certify seafarers. This was revealed on November, 11 that a new platform has been launched to verify the training and experience of crew members. Therefore, it will eliminate the cumbersome processes of keeping detailed data on paper. It will also ensure that these workers adhere to the safety standards of the industry.

Managing Information on the Training and Experience of Seafarers

Due to the distributed nature of the industry, a lot of information is produced. This is information about the training, experience, and education of seafarers. Each organization documenting and certifying the safety of these workers have to store their record. As such, there is no central system to verify that safety measures have been put in place.
Therefore, there is a need for a platform that will bring about efficiency and transparency. This platform will serve as a single unit where every company in the industry have access to its data. That being so, the data accessed will be the same with no discrepancies, thereby fostering trust among people. It will also eliminate the paper-based certification which is currently being used.

Digitizing Certificates to Aid in Transparency and Authenticity

Given that, the Industry’s target is to digitize these certificates to make it easier and faster to make verifications. They have decided to settle for the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to store information which can be used by vessel owners and seafarers. This will also include approval system and training logs.
Reputable members of the industry who collaborated to see to the establishment of this platform include the Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), Tanker operator Heidmar, and Maersk Line. Others are the crew management firm PTC Holdings, seafarer welfare charity Mission to Seafarers and technology providers C-LOG, Navozyme and Hanseaticsoft.

Bottom-Up Approach to Capture Every Participant in the Value Chain

While these are a lot of participants, Deanna MacDonald, BLOC chief executive explained why it is so. According to him, Blockchain is a collaborative platform where different participants gain access to the same data. A bottom-up approach is therefore required to ensure that companies at the grass root and everyone involved in the value chain can be captured.
Graeme Thomson, head of Northern Europe manning office at Maersk noted Blockchain’s potential in bringing about transparency and authenticity. This is a user-friendly platform that does not need great expertise before it can be used. Therefore, all stakeholders can easily manage data related to crew certification.
The same can be said about Modern Terminals, a port manager in Hongkong who wants to use the DLT in combating fraud. The company noted that they had to rely on information documented on paper, to be the content of vessels. Now, all the information about the supply chain will be stored on the Tradelens platform that is based on Blockchain.

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