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Hamburg Ship Register to go digital in 2020

Germany's largest shipping register to become online web page

The Hamburg Ship Register is to become a user-friendly online portal from early 2020 at a cost of EUR 2.2 million. The measure is part of Hamburg’s digital first strategy. The register, which can be found in the local court, documents the ownership of some 7,000 ships. All amendments are done manually at present.

Less bureaucracy, more usability

Commenting on the project, Dr. Till Steffen, Senator of Justice, said: “The digitalisation of the shipping register increases the attractiveness of Hamburg as a shipping and legal location.” Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, added: “Not operating this register digitally contradicts the senate’s innovation strategy. We also surveyed the users. The ship-owners in particular were very pleased. Efficiency and user-friendliness are increasing considerably and bureaucracy is reduced. This makes us a pioneer in Germany and perhaps provides a blueprint for other states.”

Last year, 420 new entries were made in the register and around 3,500 applications were processed. The project group consisting of the Innovation Authority, the Justice Authority, the Local Court and the companies Dataport and mgm technology partners will set up the technical infrastructure by late 2019 in time for the start of the portal on January 1, 2020. The application can also be used in other German states.

Start-up aiming for digital logbook

The Hamburg-based start-up NautilusLog is also keen to advance digitalisation in the shipping sector. NautilusLog is aiming to turn logbooks digital using an app. All the relevant data is collected via the GPS system on mobile phones and synchronized with the NautilusLog cloud via the on-board or mobile network.

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