Ship Management Made Easy

SHIPMATE provides Ship Owners, Ship Managers & Crewing / Manning Agents (main fleet, shipyards) across the globe with tools to streamline processes, improve productivity, manage regulatory compliance, reduce costs and enhance efficiency.

At SBN TechnoLogics, our purpose is to improve the Ship and Crew Management experience by enabling users to get the most out of their resources by confiding in technology.

Over the last two decades, we have converted the needs of our clients into products, which has resulted in SHIPMATE being the most robust and sought after Maritime ERP Software in the industry. The product effortlessly handles activities like Crewing and Payroll Management, Regulatory Compliance Checks, Document Verifications, Contract Management and Crew Scheduling.

SHIPMATE is also capable of managing vessel based activities such as Management of Schedules for Maintenance of the ship, Quality And Safety, Stores and Procurement and various other activities.

The shipmate story

Over the years we have garnered the trust and affection of our clients and in return, they have helped us develop new products to complete an entire Maritime ERP Suite that solve real time problems faced by the marine industry and today we are a company with products tested and used by several Large, Medium and Small Ship and Crew management companies.

SHIPMATE is proudly based in India (where all the IT action happens), but our marine products and services are smitten by globally!

In 1996 with a team of two, we set sail on an endeavour to make amazing products that make lives easier and connect the dots between Ship Owners, Managers, Manning agents and the Crew.

Today, with a team of 80 hard core programmers guided by Mr. S.B. Nair, we are deeply involved in developing and customising cutting edge technology that takes care of Crew Management, Planned Maintenance, Quality and Safety (HSEQ) for ships, Stores and procurement, Crew Work and Rest Hours, Crew Competency Management, P&I, Seafarer Appraisal Management, Ticketing and various other Maritime activities.

S.B. Nair

Managing Director

Mr. S.B. Nair obtained an honors degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has worked at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) - currently, India's largest IT-based organization and largest by market capitalization. He went on to do an MBA from India's top most management institute - Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A). Later he held senior executive positions with Bush India Limited (Electronics), Mackinnon Mackenzie & Co. Ltd. (Ship Agency) and J. M. Baxi & Co. (Ship Agency.) These assignments provided him with over ten years of intensive experience covering critical staff and line functions. Mr. Nair started independent software consultancy and entered the arena of software training in 1985. Over the years his software consultancy has implemented international standard turnkey software projects for various industries.

As a master trainer, Mr. Nair has passionately taught advanced IT concepts, Business Process Automation, MIS (Management Information System) and EIS (Executive Information System), RDBMS (Relational Database Management System), Object Oriented Analysis and Design, and Programming Strategies. He has himself devoted over 10,000 hours to training. He has even had the rare privilege of teaching the magic of computers to the physically challenged- a life changing experience.

He has acted as the chief examiner/paper setter for the University of Bombay, (Mumbai), India as well as the Directorate of Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra - India. He was also a panel member of the screening committee of the Department of Electronics (Government of India) as the expert observer for the accreditation of computer institutes. He has held faculty/consultant appointments at the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, the International Institute for Population Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and has been a consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He has also served as the consultant national expert on MIS to the Agricultural Finance Corporation Ltd.(AFC) for their Horticulture Specialty Project in India, which they co-ordinated in association with the European Economic Community. He has also played the role of IT consultant to AFC for the extraordinarily challenging assignment in the field of computerization of cooperative banks in the states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Bihar. Mr. S.B. Nair's inventive entrepreneurial work has found buyers for his ideas and expertise in many parts of the world.

Mr. Nair has also played the role of a Certified Information Systems Auditor (certified by the Information Systems Audit & Control Association, USA).


Capt. Raman K. Mehra


After graduating from the T.S. Dufferin in 1959 and obtaining his Certificate of Competency as Master (FG) in 1967, Capt. Mehra set sail on Indian flag vessels. As Master for six years he joined Barber Ship Management, Hong Kong. After sailing with them for two years he was based in Bombay as their representative to build up manning from India

In 1982 he was promoted by the Indian Ocean Ship Management Pvt. Ltd now known as Barber Ship Management (India) Ltd. to take care of the increasing business of Barber International from India. He was the Managing Director of the company till he retired in March 1999. Capt. Mehra successfully increased the manning of the BARBER fleet from 5 to 125 vessels.

He also acted as managing director for Bergesen D.Y. (India) Pvt. Ltd. till he voluntarily retired from service.

Capt. Mehra continues to be on the board of both the companies as Non-Executive Director.He is a founding member and ex-Chairman of FOSMA (Foreign Owners and Ship Managers Association), a body formed with the primary interest of serving the Indian seafarers in the field of maritime education and training.

After gaining sufficient experience and knowledge on the working of different departments in Ship Management he decided to join the software industry to develop products that best suit the maritime industry. The insights he provides, gives us critical information necessary to develop a world class Maritime ERP solution that has stood the test of time!

Posted on 20th November 2018

ShipNet and ShipMate announce strategic and exclusive partnership

Today, ShipNet and ShipMate announced a strategic exclusive partnership to provide advanced workflow capabilities for crew management and payroll solutions integrated with safety management, planned maintenance services (PMS) and procurement solutions.

The partnership brings close collaboration delivering workflow functionality focused on productivity, improving efficiency and streamlining crewing operations – undoubtedly one of the highest OPEX items for maritime companies. This integrated solution will not only provide maritime companies access to every dollar value spent on crew related services, but will also support maritime companies compliance with various crewing regulations and standards.

“The unified solution is an excellent testament to our vision of developing an integrated platform for our customers. ShipNet One has the capability to provide integrated services with more than 18 strategic partners with the intention of reducing the challenges of maintaining integrations and keeping the costs low whilst giving our customers access to significant benchmarks, reports and information to make day to day decisions”, said Suren Thadani, CEO of ShipNet.

Mr. S.B. Nair, MD of ShipMate, added onto this, saying: “This partnership will enable ShipMate to deliver new features that will help our customers become more efficient and reduce costs. By partnering with ShipNet, we become a part of one of the only maritime ecosystems as a platform that exists in our industry”.

About ShipNet
ShipNet is a Maritime Platform organization that offers maritime customers financial, operations and chartering, safety management, planned maintenances services and procurement applications. ShipNet has been operating for over 25 years and has provided over 200 customers its platform to support day to day operations and decision-making solutions. ShipNet invests extensively in R&D and as an organisation is constantly striving to partner with key industry players and customers to redefine the status quo in the maritime industry.

About ShipMate
ShipMate is a Global player in Marine software and is reputed for their top-of-the-line Crewing and Payroll software. They are based in India and have large customers all over the world. A strategic partner of Shell, and known for pioneering work in their field of specialisation, with two-way ship-shore communication of data and accurate Payroll computation, their software handles some of the very large customer databases in Marine industry. They have been operating successfully in the industry for over two decades.

Posted on 5th June 2018

SBN TechnoLogics - Enhancing Shipping Crew Productivity with a Versatile ERP Software

CIO Vendor

The shipping industry accounts for around 90 percent of the world trade. However transporting freight across borders in bulk poses their own sets of challenges including capacity optimization, rising costs, record of damaged goods, new environmental regulations and security risks. The industry has turned towards the IT sector to streamline their operations by utilizing a robust ERP system to improve efficiency, enhance crew productivity, reduce costs and ensure information security while seamlessly integrating disparate information silos across land and vessel-based operations.

Mumbai headquartered SBN TechnoLogics addresses the diverse requirements of the marine and offshore industry with their flagship web-based ERP system ‘ShipMate’. On the global level, it has the largest number of seafarers on its on crewing application in the industry.

With an industry rich experience of more than two decades, SBN TechnoLogics has been providing ERP solutions to the global shipping industry from multiple locations in India and UAE. Crew Management System and Payroll, Crew Competency Management System, Quality and Safety Management System (HSEQ), Stores and Procurement System and Planned Maintenance System are some of the applications that are encapsulated within the comprehensive feature-rich ShipMate software. The flexible Payroll system handles the complexity and variety of industry payroll practices while ensuring 100 percent accuracy requirements. The Planned Maintenance System is certified by Bureau Veritas, the reputed classification society.

The ShipMate HSEQ system’s unique design architecture helps control the safety risks in marine operations. The module assists the improvement of safety through a procedural approach of safety policies, safety audit and document management. The Competency Management System ensures that the ships are manned by officers who are acceptable not only by certificates but by competence as well.

Defying the ‘cookie cutter’ approach, the customizable ShipMate product facilitates businesses at every level within an organization right from providing operations personnel with the required tools to equipping the key management with Business Analytics for informed decision making and useful forecasting tools (e.g. composition of future pool of officers – numbers and ranks– based on growth plans) for strategic business planning. The most sought-after product comes with multiple deployment options; on-cloud or on-premise (centralized or distributed) with additional location hub and access to the mobile version.

SBN TechnoLogics addresses the diverse requirements of the marine and offshore industry with their flagship web-based ERP system ‘ShipMate’

Continually striving to improve the software by incorporating valuable client feedback, SBN TechnoLogics works with some of the most reputed industry leading clientele including MOL, NYK, Shell, Seaspan, MSC, Tokyo Marine, SMIT Lamnalco, et al. Simultaneously, the scalable software has been implemented by SMBs as well, owing this increased adoption to the software being cost-effective and considerably improving the crewing experience. Customers have reported a substantial reduction in costs, improved efficiency and increased capacity handling over the plethora of benefits offered by the software. The company prides itself on its customer-centric approach and strong delivery/implementation on time (DoT) capabilities. This has translated to a loyal customer base over the years with more than 80 percent of the existing clients approaching SBN TechnoLogics with repeat business and over 85 percent of new customers acquired through referrals.

Perfectly poised in this domain and strategically leveraging the team’s professional expertise, the company envisions increasing their global footprint by successfully delivering relevant and innovative solutions across the entire spectrum of the marine and offshore sectors.