The Shipdex™ Protocol has been developed by the following companies (the Founder Members):
  • Grimaldi Compagnia di Navigazione s.p.a
  • Intership Navigation Co. Ltd.
  • Mastermind Shipmanagement
  • Alfa Laval
  • MAN Diesel & Turbo
  • SpecTec Group Holdings Ltd.
  • Yanmar Co. Ltd.
The scope of this protocol is to cover the data exchange related to the information currently supplied in the form of Technical Manuals (supplied today on paper or in various electronic formats).

The reason to develop a common and standardized Protocol for exchanging data resides on the fact that shipping companies are receiving from manufacturers technical manuals in different formats, different structures and different data quality.

This situation created several troubles to end users in terms of information comprehension and electronic usage.

For instance, end users need to store paper manuals in dedicated rooms or are obliged to use different viewers (or browsers) to visualise electronic manuals supplied in HTML, WORD, XML or PDF formats.

Moreover, since most shipping companies are utilizing Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software applications to manage and optimize maintenance and material purchase processes, a standard data exchange protocol allowing databases automatic generation was deemed necessary.

Therefore the Shipdex™ protocol is dealing with technical information and the technical manuals should be considered just as one of the possible output from a Shipdex™ dataset.

On 27-28 march 2007 a meeting was held to confirm the will to develop a common and shared Data Exchange Protocol whose name was decided to be SHIPDEX™.

All the above mentioned companies (the Founder Members) agreed to develop the "Shipdex™ Data Exchange Protocol" (hereafter known as The Shipdex™ Protocol).