Rhumbfleet is a new concept in the maritime industry offering vessel evaluation, Q/A and Interviews. They publish a magazine “Rhumbfleet Magazine” that are broadcasted to sailors in PDF format via e-mail.
The first edition has just been published and contains questions from seafarers, interview with maritime Instagram stars, an article about how it is to work for Oldendorff, bosun job profile, pictures from subscribers and company profile “Yara Marine “.
The backbone of the concept is reviews of vessels. You can search on vessel category and nationality in a drop down or you can search on vessel name or IMO number.
We tested by searching for cargo vessels from Denmark. Around 250 results showed up, with Emma Mærsk in top. They all have 75% in rating now; this seems to be default. By clicking on the vessel, you have access to IMO, MMSI, Call Sign, Flag, Type, Deadweight, Length overall and Building Year. You must be logged in to leave a review, but then you can leave a comment and evaluate supply of stores and food, general condition of the vessel, living condition, general safety on board and company management system.
The system must probably use big data, otherwise the updating of the system with new vessels and removing of scrapped vessels would be a big challenge. The idea is unique however and have the potential to grow to an active tool for sailors worldwide.
Rhumbfleet describes themselves like this:
People who work at sea have always been a special type and stood out thanks to their traditions, values, and strength of character. Even the strongest, however, sometimes could use a bit of help - and RhumbFleet's main job is to provide that help 24/7.
Here, seafarers from around the world can share their experiences and leave feedback on ships and shipowners, thus making it easier for their colleagues to:
- gather useful information on a vessel;
- avoid signing a contract with a disreputable shipowner or crewing agency; or
- learn of a positive working experience someone had.
While trade unions keep feeding seafarers with promises of fair and favourable working conditions, we have created a simple and convenient system for mutual assistance and information swapping. Click around and see for yourself!
Without having to search online for long hours, now you can find fellow seamen's testimonials about a ship, a shipowner, or a manning agency, as well as leave your own feedback - all in just a few clicks. Our website gives you quick access to all the necessary information first-hand, from fellow seafarers, and enables you to share your experience with others.
Reviews of ships submitted by active maritime professionals are always more reliable than the stories office people tell. RhumbFleet has already compiled a full list of vessels and employers - all you must do is select the desired ship or crewing company and read available feedback or leave your own.
In addition, RhumbFleet features a maritime blog where you can find piles of useful and funny articles on seafaring subjects. We always welcome new stories and photos from your voyages, so if you feel like submitting your material in our maritime blog section, go right ahead and contact the RhumbFleet administration.
You can find Rhumbfleet here: http://www.rhumbfleet.com