On 20-21 September 2011 the Shipdex Protocol Steering Committee (SPSC) and Maintenance Group (SPMG) met in La Spezia (IT) at SpecTec Head office premises.
The meetings were attended by the founder members Alfa Laval, Grimaldi Group, MacGregor, MAN Diesel & Turbo, SpecTec Group, Yanmar and Capt. Eugen Henning Adami that was unanimously elected to the Group as one of the founders of Shipdex. SPSC and SPMG meet on a quarterly basis to discuss the Shipdex Protocol policy, to analyse and discuss the change proposals issued by Shipdex users.
During the meeting, the Shipdex organization started to intensify the work of developing the protocol for handling of "Service Bulletin and Service Letter" in order to better facilitate this today challenging process in the maritime industry. The Shipdex development of "Service Bulletin and "Service Letter" will be ready next year and will allow exchange of information and quality data, to upgrade the unique equipment installed onboard the ship.
Shipdex is a set of international business rules developed to standarize and improve exchange of technical information between ship owners and equipment makers. It enables equipment makers to structure and deliver instruction manuals content in a standard electronic data format. Shipdex data offer ship owners the opportunity to eliminate or reduce the traditional pain and high costs when loading ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Systems) with manual content.