As equipment onboard ships gets more and more complex and sophisticated, so does the work of maintaining it. Maintenance tasks need to follow precise instructions, use precise spare parts. Just like maintaining a modern car, compared to doing it 20 years ago. And that means people doing the maintenance work, and spare part ordering, need to have very quickly and exactly the right information they need.
This information is provided by the shipyards and equipment manufacturers, but up to now, it has been provided on paper or in pdf format. Such kind of information needs to be either photocopied and filed, or retyped into IT systems (ERP, CMMS, etc.). It is very easy important instructions and data to get lost, or full of errors. Technical information in Shipdex format means to get “electronic and standardized information instead of pages of information (in paper or pdf format)”
Shipdex is a non-proprietary, open data standard way to get electronic data about descriptive, operational, maintenance instructions and related spare parts catalogues from the equipment manufacturer or shipyard, to the computer systems which are used by seafarers and purchasing managers, to manage the maintenance and purchasing. As an open standard, nobody profits or controls it. It is based on the standard S1000D used in aviation and defence sector for over 30 years.