A pro-active approach to risk management

Our user-friendly software is currently installed in more than 55 ports, helping them meet and exceed industry standards on risk management


If you would like to purchase the full version of MarNIS

call the Maritime team on +44 (0)23 8071 1892

The MarNIS Toolkit is made up of four interconnected modules

Documents Register

This module provides management tools for related documents such as standard operating procedures. This allows for reviews to be scheduled and updates recorded.

Operational Risk Management

This module allows marine risks to be assessed using the formal safety assessment approach. Hazards can be ranked and controls identified.

Accident/Incident Reports

This module enables collation and recording of marine and landside accidents or incidents. The module provides fields for all information required by the MAIB and HSE.

Data Retrieval

This module provides a means for extracting and summarising information into a set of reports. This includes a KPI report to present statistics.

Whilst assessments will be up to date and appropriate when first created, they can quickly become outdated due to events in the harbour or reports from national bodies such as the MAIB.

Paper and spreadsheet based systems are notoriously time consuming to update. For audit purposes it is important to be able to view changes through the various iterations.

Risk management software such as MarNIS is specifically designed to comply with the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code. The software allows past assessments to remain as part of a live system and reviews to be completed intuitively and efficiently.

Yes. Whilst the application of the tool is focussed on the key areas of nautical safety, it is equally applicable to environmental protection, crisis management and port efficiency.

The software can be used when evaluating new shipping trades, port infrastructure changes or changes in traffic management policies.
Mostly, harbour authorities use the software to manage their day-to-day marine and shipping operations.

MarNIS is suitable for all port authorities from leisure harbours to busy commercial ports.

Although it was originally developed to meet the needs of major port operators around Europe we customise it to meet the specific port or country needs.

The prototype system was developed in consultation with a number of harbour authorities and port managers as part of an European Interreg research project, which brought together 50 partners to develop maritime navigation and information services on a Pan-European basis.

Using industry best practice we developed the port management toolkit together with partners such as the Port of Rotterdam, the European Harbour Masters Association and the European Pilots Association. The prototype software was issued in 2008.

Since then we have continued to upgrade and customise the ‘MarNIS Port Assessment Toolkit’ for ports around the world.

The “Toolkit” can be tailored to your requirements. Database functions, geo-referencing of accidents/incidents, client specific risk control, cause and hazard lists and other reports can all be tailored to meet specific port or country requirements.

The “Toolkit” itself is comprised of three interconnected modules. The starting point is the Port Data Module, designed to provide a common basis of understanding through the use of standard questions in respect to port functional areas.

The core of the port assessment process is embodied in the Operational Risk Management Module providing the user with an overview of ranked hazards. Each hazard is linked to an auditable sequence of risk assessments providing an overview of incident causes, existing risk controls and possible future risk control options.

The last module is the Accident and Incident Reporting Module providing a database for collating marine incidents. Whenever an actual accident or incident is registered, the system will alert the user that a comparable hazard has already been assessed and should be reviewed, or conversely that such an assessment does not exist and therefore needs adding.

Inputs vary depending on the modules you choose to make use of.
Outputs include hazards listed in a prioritised and weighted order, risk control options, accidents/incident records and printable Key Performance Indicator / statistic reports.

The real investment is time from both port stakeholders and community groups to establish the information within the Toolkit.
To make the concepts within the Toolkit work, a safety culture also needs to develop within the port. This also requires consultation with key groups and individuals.

Once the Toolkit is populated with relevant and credible risk scenarios, the software has a simplified and time-saving review process.
To set up the software, there is a one-off installation fee following which users can take a support option, or just use the software on a call-out arrangement.

Time saved by an automated process, especially for reporting purposes is the largest return on investment.

If the software has been tailored to a particular country specific requirement, compliance with guidance and legislation, or the underpinning of ISO certification provides investment returns.

ABPmer has installed customised versions for both single ports and networked port groups. You can find examples here

We can also arrange for you to speak with a user if that would be helpful to you.

All purchases of a full version of the Port Assessment Toolkit, MarNIS includes system installation support.

After installation it is your choice as to whether to pre-purchase a technical support package or to pay for support on an ad-hoc time and expenses basis as and when you need us.

Our technical support packages includes FREE MarNIS software updates, front line support by email/phone, software/database queries, quarterly reports on service support hours used.

We offer a demo version of MarNIS so that you can see whether the software meets your needs.

The demo is the fully featured standard version and you can enter information, data and run reports. The one difference is that you can only create a limited number incidents or assessments.

NB the demo cannot be activated to become the full version.

Download the free demo

To purchase a full, customised version contact our Maritime team on +44 (0)23 8071 1892

Software Requirements

  • Net Framework 4
  • Office (Word + Excel) 2007 and 2010
  • Windows 7 or later

Database Server Requirements

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 or later
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