Bureau Veritas and [bluester] co-operate in online marketplace for maritime services

Classification Societies, IT and Communications, News, Shipmanagement — By on September 4, 2018 at 12:55 PM

Left – Matthieu de Tugny, COO, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore
Right – Christoph Kiese, CEO, [bluester]

[bluester]’s secure online marketplace, connecting ship managers with maritime service providers, will benefit from Bureau Veritas’ (BV) independent vendor qualification and seamless integration with BV’s digital applications

Paris-La Défense, France, September 4th, 2018  – Bureau Veritas is integrating its digital platforms with the [bluester] online marketplace and providing independent vendor qualification services to [bluester] users. The cooperation agreement was signed at SMM in Hamburg by Matthieu de Tugny, COO, Marine & Offshore, Bureau Veritas, and Christoph Kiese, CEO of [bluester].

The [bluester] marketplace covers the full range of maritime procurement requirements says Christoph Kiese, describing just some of the services available through [bluester]: “Whether it is diving inspections, lifeboat maintenance and repair services, compass calibrations, CO2 bottle refills, load testing of cargo cranes through to dry docking or hull or damage surveys, [bluester] is providing visibility and transparency in a competitive market place.”

[bluester]’s online marketplace enables buyers and suppliers to settle through a common interface using a set of streamlined processes. Ship managers and service providers automatically, impartially and transparently match against their own predefined criteria for direct contract conclusion on the platform.

Kiese: “Both the market coverage of [bluester] and the functionality has established what we think is a unique platform in the maritime industry.”

Desktop and global online verification of [bluester] listed service providers by Bureau Veritas will add to the safety, reliability and efficiency of direct contracting through [bluester] as service providers’ qualifications and documentation will benefit from impartial validation.

Deep integration of the [bluester] platform into Bureau Veritas’ own digital tools VeriSTAR Info, My VeriSTAR, BV Approval Explorer and PSC Ready provides added value and benefits to customers of the 11,000+ ships classed by Bureau Veritas. BV customers will have access to the [bluester] marketplace via a single sign on and receive special user benefits. Once registered with [bluester], BV customers access the portal with the click of a button from their familiar BV desktop and mobile platforms. The special benefits inter- alia include easy transfer of data.

Matthieu de Tugny, describing the background to the cooperation deal with [bluester] said: “Partnering with [bluester] is a strategic decision for Bureau Veritas. We believe that smart online applications, focused on the enhancement of dedicated market processes in the maritime industry, are an important element of digitisation in the maritime sector.

“This deal is good for our clients, we hope, and for [bluester]’s users.”

[bluester] CEO Christoph Kiese stresses the importance of the independent and impartial vendor verification that BV will provide: “Through the cooperation with Bureau Veritas, not only for the first time in shipping, a global marketplace for maritime support services is accessible, but market participants can also rely on the commercial and legal information shared by buyers and suppliers. This significantly adds value to the allocation process of the entire industry. Additionally, the highly secure user ranking installed is another element that makes the use of our online platform beneficial for all ship managers and service providers.”

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