THE INTERNATIONAL Maritime Organization Secretariat is calling on users of the Global Integrated Shipping Information System to participate in a survey.

The IMO is looking for opinions on the operation, effectiveness and efficiency of the system. It said findings from the survey would play an important role in formulating proposals for the improvement and further use of the system.

GISIS is a comprehensive online hub for the collection, processing and sharing of shipping-related data. It includes a wide range of modules, including those on: contact points; global SAR plan; incidents of piracy; marine casualties; ship and company particulars; and port reception facilities.

It is designed to assist IMO member states and the Secretariat in carrying out their respective and complementary duties.

The questionnaire, running until 6 March 2023, is open to member states, international organisations and public users with an IMO web account.

The survey follows the decision of the IMO Secretary-General to undertake a holistic review of GISIS, to enhance the use and efficacy of the platform. The review process aims to evaluate the functionality of each GISIS module in depth and identify specific actions to improve the portal and the overall user experience.

At the IMO Council’s 128th session in December and November last year, the Secretary-General was invited to provide additional information to a future meeting on the status and outcome of the GISIS review and data management project.