In your personal life, you probably receive electronic invoices and read articles (like this one) online. You can instantly read an e-book from anywhere without having to carry it around. Why then, do your crews still have to go through the trouble of using – and storing – paper logbooks? And with the availability of digital logbooks, why do you still need to suffer the costs, accountability issues and risk of damage to paper logbooks? Learn why and how to overcome the barriers to going digital and leverage digital logbooks as a low-hanging fruit on your digitalisation journey.
Paper logbooks can be a dead weight for your ships in many ways:
Unnecessary costs: New logbooks for each ship each year, or even more frequently – you do the math. And what about the environmental impact of using so much paper.
Accountability issues: What if an incorrect or false entry is made, by mistake or on purpose (such as to cover up errors or avoid penalties)? Or what if an entry is illegible? It’s difficult to audit and verify paper logbooks.
Lost productivity: How much time do your crews spend making entries in paper logbooks? Manually searching for and adding this data to other systems can also be unnecessarily time-consuming.
Physical damage: What if a logbook is damaged or lost in harsh weather conditions – or even intentionally discarded at sea to avoid inspection or to cover up misconduct?
These paper logbook problems may have seemed like a necessary evil in the past, but now digital logbooks are reliable, readily available and easy to deploy. Sticking with paper logbooks could sink your fleet’s competitiveness as competitors begin to level up with digitalisation. By going digital, you can join the race to enhance accuracy, make data management more efficient and contribute to a more sustainable way of keeping records.
Digital logbooks are a great first step, but there is so much more to maritime digitalisation. The right digital tools and infrastructure can empower you to cut fuel consumption significantly and continuously, improving both your financial performance and IMO compliance.
The possibilities of digitalisation are endless, so what is keeping you from starting or moving forward on this journey? If you thought one of the following obstacles was a showstopper, think again. We’ll show you why they are only myths:
Digital logbooks present a way to overcome digitalisation barriers and are a great low-hanging fruit. Digital logbooks also open new avenues for remote monitoring and management, data access and search, and data security. Via integrations with sensors and other systems, you can drive improvements in accuracy and time savings.
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