Five Firms Launch Maritime Data System

A worldwide computer network has been launched by five firms in a joint venture which provides clients with maritime industry information.

Lloyd's Register of Shipping, Lloyd's of London Press Limited, Phs. Van Ommeren International B.V., Fairfield International Corp.

and Marine Management Systems, Inc. have sponsored the new endeavor.

Maritime Data Network Ltd. is a development of an online computer service introduced by Marine Management Systems last year.

Users of the new system can dial a local telephone number linking them to the terminal online and type requests for an instant printout on data sought.

In the case of a charterer seeking a vessel, he will be provided with a fixture file for current rates within a size range, vessel characteristics and a file on casualty returns for reported ship problems.

A c c o r d i n g to the joint announcement, the new facility will provide worldwide shipping interests instant access to data files on most worldwide shipping, vessel movements, fixtures and tanker casualty returns.

The announcement adds that the service will eventually be expanded to include ship sales information, builder, owner, director and port information.

The new company will initially have headquarters in the Stamford, Conn., offices of Marine Management Systems.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 10,  Jan 1978

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