24 Jan

trusteddocks.com – the Airbnb for shipyards

The German Shipowner Association has called trusteddocks.com the Airbnb for shipyards. Of course we are honoured by that and we also hope that once we can tell a similar success story than Airbnb.

But what are the similarities between Airbnb and trusteddocks.com for now ?

1. shipyards can offer their services directly to shipmanagers without a middle man.
2. shipyards can receive request for dockingslots and docking tenders via web on 24/7 basis.
3. shipyards get reviews from clients and can show their expirience and happy customers.

What are the difference from trusteddocks.com to Airbnb

1. trusteddocks.com doesnt have a booking system – Contract and terms are negotiated individually
2. trusteddocks.com doesnt have a payment system – payment is also done between the parties directly

So, where are not a 100% Airbnb for shipyards yet – but in times of blockchain and cryptocurrencies this can be a way forward for the next steps in our development.

11 Jan

Show your Company Policies on trusteddocks.com

We think that companies policies are important, and that all shipyards should have them. It is a clear sign from the top management to the shareholders, customers and workers that environmental protection, human rights or anti-corruption is taken seriously.

It is also part of the new online auditing function of trusteddocks, that high-quality shipyards have these policies and show them on trusteddocks.com.

29 Dec

Docking forecasts 2.0 – cherry picking for shipyards

Finding good clients for your shipyard’s drydock was never easier ! With our new visualized dry docking forecast, shipyard sales manager can find vessels that need a class renewal in the next 3, 6 or 12 month.

The colorscheme shows if the vessel needs urgently a drydock facility, or if there is still some time.

We are happy to provide free trials to our premium shipyard members.

27 Sep

shipyard events – what goes in – must go out !

Beside having the biggest database of shipyards worldwide, trusteddocks.com also has a partnership with our friends from vesseltracker.com. By matching vesseltracker.com outstanding ais coverage with our shipyard database we are aware of almost every actual docking in realtime happening worldwide.

This information can be used to see which ships are calling which shipyards and also give us valueable information about utilization and usage of specific shipyards.

With our event generation technology, we cannot only see ships sailing into a shipyard, but also leaving a shipyard and so we can calculatio average duration of shipyard visits and compare them for benchmarking purposes.


19 Aug

trusteddocks.com at Maersk Tankers Hackathon in Copenhagen

We are very proud to be invited to participate at the Maersk Tankers Hackathon this week in Copenhagen.

Dachen, Max and Carsten will be there and we are trying to develop a cross plattform mobile app for trusteddocks, which will be available free of charge for Android & Iphone later this month.

The app should help superintendents, captains and fleet managers to find shipyards or workshops in emergency situations.

If you are in Copenghagen and you want to meet with us, to talk or for a coffee or beer – just contact us via email oder contact page.

16 Aug

shipyard agents are welcome !

Since we started trusteddocks.com in May this year, we got many concerns and complains from shipyard agents who fear that we want to kill their business and drive them out of the market.  But this is not our aim. We think that agents are important for this business, but maybe the scope of work will change a bit over time. Client oriented , open minded agents, with an understanding of technology and digitalization are needed more than ever.  trusteddocks.com was founded to bring more transparency in the market, make the selection, quoting and decision making process more transparent and more efficent. We think that shipyard agents will play a very important role in that process and thats why we  want to work together with agents that are thinking forward and believe that  digitalization can be benefical and is not a threat. We also think that trusteddocks.com can help shipyard agents to find more clients for the shipyards they represent and finally we can also help them to claim commissions from shipyards with our ais monitoring capabilities. These are all good reasons to work together with trusteddocks.com

As a first step, we have developed a directory of shipyard agents, where agents can list their business and also mark the  shipyards they represent.

As a second step, we want to work together with a limited number of agents, so that our users can be guided and get help from agents if they want and need this help. Costs and commissions are shown and listed in a transparent way.

So, if you are a shipyard agent and you see the opportunities for your business to grow, please contact me via linkedin profile or via our contact page. I would be happy to get in contact with you and discuss the posibilities that trusteddocks.com can offer to you.


12 Jul

Deviation Costs – distance matters when selecting a shipyard !

When shipmanagers are in the process of evaluating a shipyard, one of the important factors is the distance the vessel has to sail before it reaches the shipyard. If the distance of the last port of discharge or the next port of loading is short, it is much better for the pockets of the owner than if the vessel has to do a long journey without cargo and income before reaching the docks of the repair yard.

Calculating the distance and the costs of deviation is now simpler than ever, because trusteddocks.com has developed the world first cost of deviation calculator for shipyards.


With this tool you can check difference between 3 selected shipyards when not logged in, if you are registered trusteddocks.com user, you can check distance for up to 10 shipyards.

This service was created with searoutes.com and the usage of the searoutes.com api, and perfectly shows how this two projects are working together.

Please use the tool and give us some feedback, for further improvements.

You also can contact us if you have similiar ideas or need help for searoutes.com or trusteddocks.com integration.

03 Jul

Denmark joins UN Convention for ship breaking

Denmark is the seventh nation that joins the UN Convention, which aims to better protect the people and environment involved in ship scrapping

Norway, Congo, France, Belgium, Panama and Turkey have also signed the convention.

“Obsolete ships typically contain dangerous waste and they must be scrapped under adequate conditions,” said he food and environment minister, Esben Lunde Larsen.

“It’s a good day for those people who work with scrapping ships every time a nation signs the convention, so I’m pleased that Denmark has now finally signed on. Shipping is a global industry where there is a need for mutual international legislation.”

Larsen said that Denmark’s signature sets an example to other nations that it’s important to prioritise the sustainable scrapping of ships.

Before coming into effect the resolution needs to be signed by 15 countries. At the moment the strong lobby of shipowners and financial institution is holding back other goverments to join this initiative, however things are changing and we hope that more countries will join in the coming years.

Source: CPH Online

29 Jun

Write reviews for your shipyards and tell us your experience!

Restaurants, hotels, plumbers, doctors – everything is listed and rated on online portals like tripadvisor, yelp or Angies List – but shipyards are not !

We are not sure what the reason is, but it seems, that especially the big shipyards are scared to ask their customers for their opinions and to publish them afterwards.  Shipyards agents also dont really care – we wonder why.

Today we have launched a review system, so that shipyards can rated and reviewed. But also shipyards can invite shipmanagers & owners to get ratings to evaluate their quality to become better and better over time.

In principal the review system has three sections:

A. Specification of vessel & work

here the Ship and the work is specified

B. Quality Review

This is the main section, there are 10 categories where shipyards can be ranked from 1 (worse) to 5 (perfect)

 C. Privacy of the review

This is a serious part for us – we don’t want that one bad reviews destroy the reputation of a company. Therefore the reviews are first shared between the shipmanager & the shipyards when they are bad. After escalation / deescalation the shipmanager can decide to change his mind or to keep the review private or to publish it to everyone.

If you are a shipyard manager, and you want that your  repair or maintenance work is validated by your clients, please get in contact with us, so that we can provide you the rating tool free of charge. We are also happy to explain it to you and make it work.

If you are a shipmanager or shipowner, and you want to give quality ratings to shipyards, please also get in touch with you us, so that we can give you the necessary tools for your work.

Of course we are also happy to receive your feedback and we are also looking forward to discuss with your needs and demands.