Ship equipment on-line

In these times of global business economic success is defined more and more by the ability to raise and utilize relevant information.

In 2000 the Internet was accessed by more than 360,000,000 people - 6% of the world's population. In 2010 the internet was used by nearly 2,000,000,000 individuals, which is 29% of the global populace. The entire number Worldwide Web sites indexed by all web search engines has topped 21,590,000,000 and the number of registered domains are around 200,000,000 . The collection of information in the internet is huge and incomparable to any other collected data made by humankind at any time in its history. Any business that is able to harness and fully utilize this massive untapped source is well placed for success.

This is especially true for the maritime industry due to the enormous amount of agents on the market and the vast pace of technological development. The creation of a firm platform for business is not easy. A greatest problem is to gather relevant information in one place that can be used for a specific market or industry niche, as well as the verification and sorting of good and irrelevant data.

Among the many maritime internet web services a new Polish company has emerged called Studio IT, which has started a internet very interesting platform specialising in the buying and selling of ship equipment. This project has been co-financing by European Union via the Operational Programme of Innovative Economy, Priority 8.1 2007-2013

Don't waste time GOOGLEing it - Find it FAST in one click


When EQUIP4SHIP was first started by Studio IT, its creators - after much researches - found that the searching of ship equipment on WWW using web search engines like Google, Bing, Altavista etc. was often a time-consuming business.
First main reason for this is that manufacturers are spread all over the internet and often it's hard to find some of very useful websites. So Studio IT decided that this data has to be in one place where all manufacturers of ship equipment could place the catalogues of their products.

Second main factor with difficulties in finding ship equipment on WWW is that shipbuilding products can be known by a number of different terms (specific maritime nomenclature), and this makes many technical problems for web searching engines designed for multipurpose objectives. The search engine of EQUIP4SHIP is explicitly designed for the terminology used in shipbuilding.

Figure 1. The Search Engine of EQUIP4SHIP SERVICE



The concept of the platform is very simple and purposefully divided into complementary 2 parts:
- the first module was created for those interested in buying ship equipment
- the second is dedicated for those wishing to sell ship equipment

Find and buy in 5 minutes


In illustration 1 you can see screen shot of the EQUIP4SHIP search engine.
The search engine contains 1500 results divided into 3 tree sorting lists. This tree is organized in a hierarchical structure. You can search for a category that fits your requirements to see the products stored there. You can also use the and/or options to narrow or expand the number of results.

Figure 2.The Internet Catalogue of Products



It is also possible to search product using keywords. Some products added by manufacturers can contain very specific details not included in the category name such as type, brand, description, serial number etc. Searching by keywords together with ticking the an/or option gives you more flexibility. You can also search by product name or type together with the name of a country to find equipment suppliers from that specific country.

When you have chosen the product - or group of products you are interested in - you can quickly prepare your enquiry or use one of the previous enquiries from your administration panel. Within your enquiries you could additionally request quotes, more detailed information about the product, its availability and time of delivery as well, etc.

Then - with one click! - you can send your enquires up to 30 manufactures. What is more, these enquires will go directly to the right individuals (VIPs) of each respective commercial department chosen by you.

The cheapest product catalogue in the world


Companies who wish to sell their ship equipment products can quickly and effectively create a catalogue of all of their products online on the internet. Every user registered as a seller will be able to use their own administration panel (illustration 3). With the help of this panel sellers can add products themselves to their own catalogue. Additionally each product added can be complimented by an photograph or illustration. The large number of product categories, together with user friendly search engine found within the administration panel, can help the seller to quickly and correctly assign their products to a single or a group of categories. This category system is constructed to aid the seller to make a decision on which category to choose that will best describe the product. This will mean that buyers are able to find a suitable product easily and in less time.

After adding the product the seller can check how the product is displayed the "Internet catalogue" (illustration 2), and all this data can be modified at any time. The adding of any product, even by a novice user should not take longer than 3 minutes.

Figure 3. The administration panel for ship equipment manufacturers



The Internet is FREE but to get good information which is secure from SPAM you have to pay


Accesses to the services - for sellers to place their products for sell, and buyers to search and purchase ship equipment at EQUIP4SHIP - are only available after payment.

The creators of platform believe this is the best method to eliminate what they call "ghost users", those who cannot be trusted or simply looking for new spamming methods. At the payment stage the identity of new users is verified, and what is more - with reasonable pricing of the access to the service - this means that only those who are really interested in selling or buying will take the decision to make a payment.

All data added by the user is then verified by the service editors to make sure that all information is correct.

The information taken by the service is strictly confidential and accessible only by registered users. No other users will be allowed access to private data of sellers and buyers.

EQUIP4SHIP guarantee that the all email addresses - in particular of contact persons and VIP's within the manufacturing of ship equipment data - will not be visible to anybody, even to registered users. The buyer can send an email to any person you choose within the manufacturing departments, but unless this person wishes to reply buyer will have no access to his email.

The owner of Studio IT, Mrs. Margarita Huber (MSc. Eng.) says: "The internet with Google is greater than Seven Wonders of the Ancient World put together, but we have to remember the fate of the Tower of Babel..."

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Ul. Szymonowica 20, 71-482, Szczecin, Poland

Phone: +48 914623414

E-mail: info@maritime.com.pl

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