Shipping participants have been warned they are actually being charged to relinquish their own data.
Alphabulk, part of AXSMarine, has hit out at myriad shipping platforms and their “unfriendly” terms regarding data.
The lead story in this week’s Alphabulk report, entitled ‘Why this data rush?’, takes issue with the questionable transparency among shipping’s many web-based platforms.
Taking a specific swipe at Clarksons, Alphabulk claims: “The biggest shipbroker in the world, through a specially formed subsidiary, is busy promoting its web-based fixing solution with unfriendly terms regarding data.”
Clarksons is by no means alone as Alphabulk went on to highlight.
Alphabulk carried the general terms and conditions from five different shipping platforms, all of which allow the platforms to own any data inputted by clients.
“In short,” Alphabulk explained, “the customer enters his data in the system, paying for that process through a system fee and the time spent to enter the data, only to surrender all rights on the data he just entered!”