Inland Marine Transportation Market, part 3

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Inland Marine Transportation Aggregator Services

There were no examples of aggregator services in the inland marine transportation market, as none was found in the public space. But Settoon Towing, Safmarine, and Ingram Marine Group operate web-based applications that enable potential customers to connect exclusively to their brands.

FleetPoint By Settoon Towing

  • Settoon Towing is an American inland marine transportation company.
  • The company engaged Envoc to develop a web-based application known as FleetPoint, which enables potential customers to connect with Settoon Towing's services.
  • Key features of the web-based application include information diversity across multiple channels, easy navigation, and user-friendly.

E-Business By Safmarine

Towline By Ingram Marine Group

  • Ingram Marine Group (IMG) has distinguished itself as a leader on America’s inland waterways.
  • The company operates a web-based logistics tool known as Towline, which is also available on mobile devices and significant social media platforms.
  • Key features of the web-based application include instantaneous cargo location and guaranteed customer satisfaction.

Research Strategy

We started our findings by understanding the concept of aggregator services in the inland marine transportation market.

Following our comprehension on this matter, we began our findings by examining the 2019 reviews of the most popular systems in the shipping industry. We had hoped to find web-based applications of aggregator services in the inland marine transportation market. However, we found instead many software and web-based applications that do not suggest aggregated services in the inland marine transportation market.

Secondly, we looked through news hubs and expert platforms in the maritime industry like Riviera Maritime Media and Maritime-Executive, respectively. We had hoped to find any related news on aggregator service providers on platforms such as these because of their specialized niche. Unfortunately, we didn't find anything relevant to our findings. Instead, some news features we stumbled on were partnership deals in the inland marine transportation market.

Lastly, we attempted examining other indirect channels (aggregator services) that companies in the inland marine transportation market likely use to connect with potential customers. To achieve this, we searched through websites of these companies (Settoon Towing, Safmarine, IMG, KirbyCorps, and among others) to determine if they make use of or if there is a reference to any aggregator service. After concise research, we found nothing relevant to any collaboration or partnership with aggregator services. These inland marine companies clearly state on their websites how they operate and boast of their assets and expertise, without acknowledgment of any third party except the customer.

There was also no triangulation of results that could be helpful.

We concluded that there are no aggregator services in the US for the inland marine transportation market.
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Offshore Marine Transportation Aggregator Services

After an exhaustive search through credible sources, it appears that information on aggregator services in the offshore marine transportation market in the United States is unavailable in the public domain. Nevertheless, some examples of offshore marine transportation online marketplaces including BLUESTER GmbH, Dockstr, ShipServ, Offshore Marine, and Freightos.

Offshore Marine Transportation Online Marketplaces

1. BLUESTER GmbH

  • Here is a link to its website.
  • BLUESTER GmbH offers an online marketplace that enables end users to buy maritime services from the offshore marine industry from the suppliers of their choice.

2. Dockstr

  • Here is a link to its website.
  • Dockstr presents an online marketplace that permits end users to buy and sell various equipment, products, and services used in the offshore marine industry.

3. ShipServ

  • Here is a link to its website.
  • ShipServ is an e-Procurement platform for ship operators, suppliers, manufacturers, and buyers in the offshore marine industry, and it offers an online marketplace that allows end users to purchase maritime services from the suppliers of their choice.

4. Offshore Marine

  • Here is a link to its website.
  • Offshore Marine provides an online marketplace that enables end users to buy various components and parts used in the offshore marine industry from the suppliers of their choice.

5. Freightos

  • Here is a link to its website.
  • Freightos is an online marketplace that allows users to compare and book international freight offered from numerous shipping companies across the world.


Research Strategy:

Our research began by exploring industry associations such as the Offshore Marine Service Association, along with offshore marine industry directories like Infomarine Online, for information on aggregator services in the offshore marine transportation market. The idea here was to find any relevant examples that would qualify as aggregators within the industry or companies similar to CloseLink and BunkerEx. However, none of the industry associations or directories mentioned any examples of aggregator services in the offshore marine transportation market.

Additionally, we searched for any industry reports or market studies on aggregator services in the offshore marine transportation market published by leading research firms, as they typically mention the names of the top companies operating within the market. Nonetheless, none of the market research firms, including Gartner, Forrester, IDC, Euromonitor International, Frost & Sullivan, and Markets & Markets, among others, published any reports related to aggregator services in the offshore marine transportation market.

Next, we searched through various business databases such as Crunchbase, Hoovers, and ZoomInfo, to find the profiles for CloseLink and BunkerEx since such profiles usually mention their competitors r similar companies. The idea here was to observe the competitors and see if they qualify as examples of aggregator services in the offshore marine transportation market. However, after consulting numerous databases, we were unable to find information on competitors or similar companies to CloseLink and BunkerEx.

Afterward, we explored news and media articles published by sites specializing in offshore marine transportation. The idea here was to locate any articles mentioning examples of aggregator services in the offshore marine transportation market or companies similar to CloseLink and BunkerEx. We came across a piece published by Marasi News stating that BunkerEx is an online marketplace, and it presented two examples of similar businesses.

We then scoured for other online marketplaces that operate in the offshore marine transportation industry. We found articles published by SeaTrade Maritime and Energy Voice that provided additional examples of online marketplaces in the industry.

After exhausting the strategies outlined above, we concluded that limited information is available regarding examples of aggregator services in the offshore marine transportation market. A probable reason for the unavailability of such data could be that aggregators are also referred to as online marketplaces in the industry (e.g., BunkerEx). It is also possible that aggregators in the industry are a relatively new concept, and not many companies operate in this space.
Sources
Sources

From Part 02
Quotes
  • "BunkerEx is an online marketplace for shipping companies that need to buy fuel"
Quotes
  • "Bureau Veritas (BV) signed an agreement at this week’s SMM to cooperate with the [bluester] online marketplace for maritime support services, providing independent vendor qualification of [bluester] users and seamless integration of the platform with BV’s own digital applications."
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  • "Dockstr chief executive Slimane Bouabbane said: “We’ve made significant progress since launching last year with over $100million worth of equipment listed by more than 500 
users from the marine 
and offshore energy industries."