Safer shipping

Safer shipping

MATE (Marine Application for survey, Trend Evaluation & reporting), our vessel inspection technology and marine fleet management platform has recently reached a significant milestone, with more than 2,000 surveys conducted. 

MATE provides real-time data on the condition of vessels, identifying critical risk areas. Ship inspection scopes are always tailormade for each customer, allowing us to put extra focus on pre-defined KPI’s. The platform further maps out fleet variances and the development of ship’s scores over time. This provides actionable insights to ship operators, allowing them to take corrective actions and mitigating the risk of casualties.

Dennis de Bruin, Managing Director of Surveys commented:

“We are very proud of the platform’s achievements and would like to thank everyone for the work they have done to make this possible. We have seen that mitigating risk in the marine industry has become more important than ever. Year after year, we see that incident numbers globally remain at a consistently high level and so do marine insurance claims. Vessels have become bigger, and through the usage of more technology, also more complex; the impact of incidents has increased exponentially. We feel a strong responsibility to use our proven expertise to strengthen maritime security and to help lessen the number of marine incidents happening.”

The increasing number of major casualties that has burdened the container shipping industry over the last years has triggered some large container ship operators, such as Maersk, Seaspan and CMA CGM, to start using MATE in assisting them to increase safety and reduce time loss incidents.

Tailormade scopes are set up to identify shortcomings in a large variety of risk categories, such as cargo collapses, navigational safety, personal injury, machinery breakdown and pollution prevention. For this, MATE draws on our century of experience in marine claims and accident investigation work. Being one of the leading marine surveying companies, dealing with more than 1,600 damage investigations per year, provides deep insight into how incidents happen and thus how they can be avoided.

Another advantage of having MATE ready for service reveals itself when being faced with limitations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. We found that various customers had problems in getting internal ship inspections arranged, being unable to get their inhouse inspectors on board. Since MATE inspection programmes are rolled out in a global network of surveyors, serving over 500 locations worldwide, it proved relatively easy to organise local attendances for our customers.