New Denmark-based company SYVR has said that, by building the world’s largest surveying expert network through gig economy principles, it was setting out to change how marine surveys were managed.
SYVR is an open digital platform, available to all professional marine surveyors for membership application. The intention is that the network will break down the traditional company barriers in recognition of the fact that clients are searching for competent surveyors individually rather than the company they are employed by.
Henrik Uth, Managing Director of SYVR, said that “it makes the business model ripe for digitalization, adapting and introducing the Gig economy principles into marine surveying”.
He said that marine surveys, whether they were Hull & Machinery, Cargo or P&I surveys, were most often instructed based on proximity, availability and capability of the marine surveyor, adding that the SYVR platform and its marketplace would change the dynamics of managing surveys across the industry, “benefiting all the parts of the value chain”.
The company and its platform is owned by Survey Association, which has been working within marine surveying for more than 100 years. “Survey Association has been doing surveys in an analogue fashion and it is time to reorganize how we operate” said Uth, who a partner in Survey Association.
He said that SYVR was an open platform and therefore would not distinguish between Survey Association and its competitors globally.
SYVR is being developed with the support from the Danish Maritime Fund. “The Fund is pleased to support this innovative initiative, which may hold the potential to modernize working processes within the maritime insurance industry. Such a digital platform will ideally operate on a global basis and thus enabling many parties in the industry to benefit, said Carsten Melchiors, Head of Secretariat at the Danish Maritime Fund.