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Is your marine logistics division a blind spot in your global supply chain? We can help.

The marine modality has long been the least visible link in the global supply chain, with its global scale, intense volatility, and countless stakeholders. For years, marine logistics divisions have struggled with email overload, outsized costs, and disjointed workflows. Now, new contract types, evolving regulations, and increased competition have only added to the seaborne supply chain’s complexity and opacity. A dynamic commercial platform is a powerful tool to help address the marine freight divisions’ most pressing challenges and enable operational excellence at scale.

The Veson IMOS Platform delivers the comprehensive contract management workflow, market-linked insight, and seamless integrations tonnage charterers require to gain new levels of control over their seaborne supply chain. With specialized tools for claims, berth scheduling, exposure management, and more, VIP empowers supply chain stakeholders to navigate complex realities with greater agility while advancing their key strategic objectives.

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Veson Supply Chain Clients

The marine supply chain is complex. Optimizing costs and operations in the face of this complexity requires a comprehensive platform.

The seaborne supply chain is more complex than ever before, with outsized volatility, global scale, multi-faceted cost drivers, and urgent priorities like decarbonization. While it is true that many of these challenges are beyond any one organization’s reach, a seaborne-specialized solution equips tonnage charterers with the tools and insights they need to adapt to external maritime realities quickly while optimizing carrier decisions and strengthening their marine logistics operations. Let’s take a closer look at some of the challenges that tonnage charterers can navigate with a supply chain solution that is made for maritime.

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Pressure to contain costs

Cost containment has always been a top priority for tonnage charterers, and this has become even more prevalent amid heightened volatility and increased cost pressure. Demurrage in particular, which represents one of the most significant marine supply chain costs, can be impacted by port congestion, weather-related delays, and other factors that the organization cannot directly control. With a proper solution, tonnage charterers can gain a comprehensive understanding of costs, seek opportunities for optimization, and harness rich visibility and data to better project laytime.

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Internal information gaps and delays

With many stakeholders and stages of the workflow involved, marine logistics divisions often struggle with information gaps and delays. This issue is exacerbated by the use of disparate systems across the marine logistics workflow. By delivering robust integration capabilities and standardizing information in one, connected workspace, the right platform can transform disjointed workflows and information into a single source of the truth that is accessible across stakeholders.

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Limited market visibility

Tonnage charterers require dynamic visibility that not only extends across their own organization, but into the market at large. A connected and comprehensive seaborne supply chain solution will integrate market insight into the core marine logistics workflow, enabling stakeholders to make decisions that reflect external realities. To make a meaningful impact on the business, this information must be comprehensive, timely, and presented contextually at the points of the workflow where it can make the greatest positive impact.

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Complex nominations workflows

For tonnage charterers, no process is more complex and tied to financial success than the nominations process, which considers vessel availability, suitability, and cost. A dynamic marine logistics platform will streamline the nominations process through standardized procedures for a full range of contract types, including TCs, COAs, and more. At the same time, the platform will also strengthen decisions through accurate market data and vessel particulars.

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Changing regulations and requirements

As decarbonization-related regulation continues to impact business operations, stakeholder expectations for sustainability in the supply chain have also escalated, intensifying the need for tonnage charterers to prioritize sustainability in their carrier relationships. All these considerations demand a platform that helps address regulatory complexity, provides visibility into emissions-related data, and assesses the carbon impact of each decision.


By the numbers.

68%

of supply chain professionals cited the marine supply chain as the most broken link.1 

51%

of executives view remaining ahead of regulations as a challenge to their supply chain.2 

33%

of manufacturers believe they should invest more in supply chain digitalization.3 


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Financial management

Containing costs requires a comprehensive understanding of the organization’s financial position and the associated cost impact of voyage activities. With dynamic P&L visibility, tonnage charterers can analyze the many drivers of cost and continually seek opportunities for cost reduction and optimization. In addition, VIP delivers a dedicated workspace for claims and demurrage management that allows tonnage charterers to automatically calculate laytime, predict demurrage, and manage claims with ease. 

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Data standardization

Standardized, accurate insights are imperative to achieving data-driven visibility across the marine supply chain. VIP brings together key internal and external data sources in one, connected solution for deeper understanding, visibility, and analysis. In addition, VIP delivers an extensive track record of system integrations and flexible integration approach, enabling the marine logistics division to operate as a specialized yet tightly integrated link in the global supply chain.

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Cross-stakeholder connectivity

With many stakeholders involved, it is essential that the seaborne supply chain solution meet their requirements both individually and collectively. VIP delivers specialized tools for every stage of the workflow—from production planning to nominations, berth scheduling, post-voyage financials and analysis, and more. VIP also fosters connectivity and streamlines information exchange across tonnage charterers and their carriers.

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Market-linked insight

Predicting delays, containing costs, and selecting the best possible vessels all require a robust understanding of the market and its continuous fluctuations. Veson delivers deep market insight that equips tonnage charterers with the visibility they need to strengthen each decision in a scalable way. Predict port congestion, analyze turnaround times, visualize vessel positions, and more to make the best possible decisions for your downstream stakeholders, end customers, and bottom line.

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Discover related solutions.

Demurrage Management

Calculate demurrage with precision for greater efficiency and cost containment.

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Berth Scheduling

Bring new efficiency and visibility to berth scheduling.

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Exposure Management

Understand your position and insulate your business against market fluctuations.

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Dynamic P&L

Understand seaborne supply chain costs and their impact in real-time.

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Market Insight

Analyze real-time and historical market conditions for better predictions.

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Vessel Vetting

Access timely vessel information and particulars to make informed decisions.

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Frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions about marine supply chain management.

Why is the marine supply chain so complex?

Numerous stakeholders, fragmented data and systems, expansive global reach, and highly specialized workflows and requirements have long made the seaborne supply chain the most complex, and therefore least visible, link in the global supply chain. A lack of high-integrity data adds to this complexity, challenging tonnage charterers to access the information they need to make informed decisions quickly and accurately. Today, this complexity is further intensified by emerging regulations, pressure to make carbon-conscious carrier decisions, and a granular focus on understanding and reducing costs.

Why can’t generalized supply chain solutions address this complexity?

The stakeholders, contracts, regulations, and processes associated with marine logistics are highly unique when compared to those of other modalities. At the same time, the marine modality is also responsible for the lion’s share of supply chain costs. Together, specialized requirements and an outsized cost impact point to the need for a specialized solution. This is reinforced by real supply chain leaders, who frequently point to the marine modality as the least visible and most challenging portion of their global supply chain.

More generalized supply chain solutions are showing their cracks when it comes to addressing maritime shipping’s needs, particularly when it comes to keeping up with today’s level of contract complexity, regulatory rigor, and volatility. As maritime shipping continues to evolve, the shortcomings of generalized supply chain solutions for maritime become untenable. In addition to supporting the specialized requirements of the marine modality, a seaborne supply chain solution must foster continuity with the organization’s other enterprise supply chain solutions through seamless and bidirectional integrations. 

How can strong solutions curtail external sources of risk?

While tonnage charterers are no strangers to operational risk, they also face substantial sources of risk that are simply beyond their control. Take weather, for example. A tonnage charterer cannot control the weather, but it can mitigate the negative downstream impacts of weather-related delays through a proper solution for the seaborne supply chain. Such a solution can provide visibility into market conditions, enabling the tonnage charterer to understand their impact on cargo ETAs and address downstream impacts proactively.

How have evolving counterparty relationships impacted supply chain management?

Increasing competition, new contract types, increasing availability of data, and regulations have all intensified the need for communication and connection among counterparties. At Veson, we’re committed to serving both sides of the marine freight contract and are focused on fostering stronger connections between counterparties and making information sharing more seamless. Our solutions deliver capabilities that support owner-operators, commodity traders, and tonnage charterers as they work to serve their customers and internal stakeholders even better and to further strengthen the bonds of trust that have always been the bedrock of maritime shipping.  

Do you have any additional questions that we didn’t answer here? We’d love to answer them. Contact us to connect with a seaborne supply chain expert.


Explore relevant resources.

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Top 10 Places a Seaborne Supply Chain Solution Can Drive Value

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Revealing the Marine Supply Chain

Bringing Visibility and Deep Insight to the Marine Modality

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Tonnage Charterer Infographic

Transforming Your Seaborne Supply Chain

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Meet the experts.

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Ayodele Fashakin
Global Director of Commercial Solutions Consultants

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Michaela Garrity
Senior Consultant

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