Ship Manufacturers and the Shipdex Specification

OneStrand has a proud history of supplying technical services and solutions for complex specifications, including Shipdex. Our S1000D suite provides the ability to author, manage and deliver to S1000D and the Shipdex Business Rules.

The shipping industry is similar to the Aerospace and Defence environments where the equipment is large and technical documentation is vital for the maintenance and operation.  Every supplier provides this information differently, therefore Shipdex provides a way to standardize this.

Similar to S1000D, there is the Shipdex Protocol Steering Committee (SPSC) and the Shipdex Protocol Maintenance Group (SPMG). SPMG is in charge of the maintenance and update of the Shipdex protocol.  All improvements to Shipdex are within Shipdex Protocol Task Groups (SPTG). Members of the SPTGs are all volunteers and have representatives for both the SPSC and SPMG.

Shipdex ( is a collection of Business Rules that assists with the production and exchange of technical content between equipment manufacturers and shipyards and ship owners. Shipdex uses S1000D issue 2.3 as its base for the technical documentation. The schemas that are reference in Shipdex are:

  • Descriptive;
  • Procedural;
  • Maintenance Planning;
  • Illustrated Parts Data;
  • Comments;
  • Learning;
  • Publication Module.

The latest version of the Shipdex Business Rules are 3.2.1 and this was released in October 2018. Shipdex is only available to Shipdex Registered Members. The Shipdex delivery has a standardized IETP Viewer that has been developed and available for download from There customers would not utilize our royalty Free R4i Viewer when working with Shipdex, however you would still author, manage and prepare print output utilizing R4i Writer, R4i CSDB (Common Source DataBase) and other time saving tools in the R4i S1000D Suite.

Current Shipdex Executive Members Group organizations are:

  • BIMCO;
  • G&C Shipping;
  • MAN Energy Solutions;
  • MASTERMIND Ship Management;
  • Rolls-Royce;
  • Shipdex Consulting;
  • Yanmar;
  • Winterthur Gas and Diesel.

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