From Telex to Email: How Maritime Shipping Has Changed Over the Last 25 Years

Email has been a mainstay of maritime communications for over 25 years. Initially used for telex transmissions, email has seen many changes in that time – but the prevalence of email in maritime shipping has only grown. Today, email is more important than ever for maritime companies looking to communicate and collaborate with their supply chain partners. In this blog post we’ll take a look at how email has changed over the last 25 years, and how reMARK is evolving to meet the needs of the maritime shipping industry.

Where the Trends in Email Communication Are Headed

As email has become an increasingly important tool for maritime shipping companies, changes in email technology have revolutionized the way that ships and shoreside staff can communicate. 25 years ago, the primary means of communication for maritime shipping companies was Telex. As email’s predecessor, many habits are still evident within current email tools today, such as capitalization and many different abbreviations. From improved email security to better collaboration tools, email for maritime shipping is becoming increasingly sophisticated yet still user-friendly. However, trends indicate year-over-year increases of 10% – 20% in terms of email volume. This can present challenges for maritime email users, as email overload can lead to mistakes or delays in communication.


Further, email can also present an opportunity for fraud, where cyber criminals use email to perpetrate various forms of fraud against maritime shipping companies. This can have serious financial and reputation consequences for maritime companies, so email security is a top priority. Maritime shipping companies must implement various measures including standard protocols for email phishing scams and impersonators, as well as include configurations within the email tool to further secure your email flows.


Fortunately, email collaboration tools such as reMARK can make a difference in email security and email overload. reMARK allows for improved team-level email collaboration, allowing teams and supply chain partners to better manage email volume and ensure that all emails and their associated tasks are handled quickly and efficiently.

The reMARKable Evolution of Email in Maritime Shipping

Countless maritime shipping companies are going through a digital transformation, and the way data is processed in these environments is changing right alongside the email landscape. With more and more email tools focusing on automation as well as leveraging APIs to allow for data transfer between systems. These developments in maritime shipping email allow for greater flexibility across systems as well as efficiency when it comes to email-based communications.


Nordic IT ensures success for our valued customers by unlocking the value that may be stored within their email database. This is made possible by our newest API integration, among various features and capabilities that enable email collaboration and communication to run seamlessly across departments. Our team has continued to evolve the productivity features in the product in order to help drive even more savings for our customers.

reMARK: The Future of Email in Maritime Shipping

As email and email collaboration tools continue to evolve, maritime shipping companies are beginning to recognize the value email can bring to their operations. With greater functionality and security features, email can be a powerful tool for maritime shipping companies to communicate with their supply chain partners and build stronger relationships with vendors. reMARK’s ever expanding capabilities are a catalyst for change in the maritime email realm, and email collaboration will only continue to become more efficient and secure over time. Get in touch with our dedicated experts and learn how reMARK can help you achieve smooth sailing with your maritime shipping operations.

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