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Arribatec Marine, chose Cyprus as it’s base – “Cyprus offers interesting opportunities”

In a fast-growing digital era, a leading industry, such as the shipping and maritime industry, need’s every available source given for evolvement, in order to stay competitive.

That’s exactly where IB Marine comes in, offering a vast range of solutions, through its 35-year-old experience, engineered specifically to handle day-to-day work, in terms of asset management through cloud base services, vessel performance monitoring, ship management, and maintenance guides, and so much more that can be adapted to any kind of flee.  In an interview with Enalios, Agostino Florentino – Head of Arribatec Marine, explained the company’s  recent decision to choose Cyprus for its main offices.

  • Arribatec Marine claims to be a leading company, dedicated to providing high level marine maintenance software and consulting for the technical management of strategic assets. What are the specific services provided, and how can you upgrade the company’s efficiency?

IB Marine offers ERP system solutions and professional services to simplify daily technical operations management processes through modern cloud-based software applications, easily adaptable to any kind of fleet and ship type.​

Our 35-year expertise in  enterprise asset management systems allows us to provide solutions that capitalize on experience and help with supporting clients to stay competitive, in terms of vessel performance efficiency, energy governance and data standardization

InfoSHIP, our owned developed software suite, is a modular cloud-based system, which comprises Maintenance & Procurement, Quality & Safety, Project Management, MARPOL Electronic LogBooks and Performance solutions. It’s an unique platform to streamline different technical management processes within one or more fleets, depending on the company’s needs. That makes the system absolutely well-suited for ship owners and ship managers.

  • When and why did you choose Cyprus as your company’s base, and what are the advantages that came out of this?

Our Cypriot office was opened in 2017, simply because we were already working with some local maritime organizations at the time. We have always argued that having a local and stable presence is important to offer your customers constant support. So the decision to open an office here, came pretty necessary.

Cyprus is a maritime hub of international importance, not only within the Mediterranean area, but globally too. Many valuable companies are located on this island, surrounded by a lively and interesting cultural context, led by maritime associations and industry groups, which animates the market with stimulating debates and networking events. It is a growing country, at the  forefront of other European realities. So being here is essential.

What is Cyprus offering in the maritime industry? Are there any more unexplored possibilities in the local shipping market?  

Well, I don’t think there’s anything left unexplored. Cyprus offers interesting opportunities within the Maritime and Energy sectors.

How do you design a more effective and cost wise saving management in the shipping and maritime business? 

The Digitalization of a company’s technical operational processes is the starting point to ensure reliable data, which are the backbone for any kind of analysis a company could need to make. Increasing Operational ship efficiency through a better understanding of data is the key to dramatically gain advantageous savings on operations costs on a single ship and – therefore – at the overall level of the fleet.

InfoSHIP  supports companies in a real step-up in marine operations, bringing ship owners to a different level of control of their vessels, turning data into meaningful and accurate information: a booster for strategic ship management decisions.

Could you elaborate a bit further on your top offering services, such as InfoSHIP EVO and InfoSHIP Performance? 

Designed to deliver highly-configurable fleet management, InfoSHIP platform includes different modules to specifically manage several technical aspects of a daily operational vessel’s routine, which comprises: Maintenance, Procurement, Hotel Defect management, Quality & Safety, Dry-docking, MARPOL Logbooks and Performance. Working in a stand-alone dimension or in multi-connected scenarios; it can be easily linked to any accounting system, marketplace software, 3rd party logistics software (freight forwarders or agents, etc).

Do you have experience in other industries other than the Maritime one?

The Maritime industry is so peculiar and constantly evolving that it requires complete dedication; that’s why we are totally focused on it.

What are your future plans with respect to the development of IB in Cyprus and internationally?

IB Marine  is the marine vertical of a larger IT group, Arribatec, a Norwegian-based multinational company specialized in ERP solutions and professional services for any kind of business. Through Arribatec, we could improve our offering, including a wide range of additional services in the field of Cloud services, ERP systems, Enterprise Architecture and Business processes, giving a greater competitive value to our customers. We strongly believe in our corporate mission, which is to simplify IT complexity, through a one-stop choice to achieve maximum impact and value from investments in logistics, finance, supply chain, and IT operations. Someone can define it “one supplier”, we call it “One Solution”.

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