According to Henning Oldendorff, chairman of Oldendorff Carriers, the benefit for owners would be the reduction of the number of LTPMs, or Less Than Perfect Matches between ships and cargoes.
also believes the internet will expedite the negotiation of charterparties and help users to sift through vast amounts of information effectively.
sees three factions when it comes to chartering online.
A, the sceptics, who look upon e-commerce as a "flu that will go away"; B, the moderates, who say that "the skills of the broker have to be in the forefront"; and C, the radicals, who say that there will be an e-marketplace.
considers himself a radical.
The internet, he
says, will free creative brokers to "do the really interesting stuff" in the future.
also predicted that only one portal would succeed per business - one for tankers, one for dry cargo, procurement, bunkers - because users want to see all the information in one place.
Once online chartering catches on, he
said, there will be a stampede.
thinks it will take at least 5-10 years before this happens.