During the fourth quarter of 2018, the global V. Group will open a new crew management centre in Mumbai. This coincides with the rollout of the Embark digital platform that will allow seafarers to apply for assignments, upload documentation and track progress and travel arrangements online.
Embark is being developed by V. Group together with the management consultancy Accenture and is expected to transform the organisation’s approach to crew management.
For customers, Embark seeks to drive cost efficiencies and vessel performance by introducing enhanced dashboard metrics that continually monitor and analyse ongoing crew management. It also aims for more informed decision-making through real-time, accurate reports combined with better planning tools and increased budget transparency.
For seafarers, Embark will include streamlined and standardised recruitment software, a new global payroll system, and an app that seafarers can use to search for assignments, sign contracts, and manage documentation. The project will also create a consistent model for professional development.
According to V. Group, Embark addresses the fact that while digitalisation is transforming the industry, ships’ crew often remain left behind. “Traditional, manual processes are common when it comes to the recruitment and administrative processes that accompany seafaring. This not only eats into shore leave but takes up time that could be spent improving quality of life at sea, and crew performance,” the company states.