About MSG

IMPA Marine Stores Guide

World’s leading reference source for maritime purchasing and supply

General / Book

The Marine Stores Guide (MSG) first appeared in 1978 as a printed book and is widely considered to be the world’s leading reference source for maritime purchasing and supply.

More than 90,000 copies of the guide are in circulation and are used on-board ships as well as in offices throughout the world.

Many of the world’s leading purchasers such as ship managers and owners use the book every day as the essential source of marine products.

The Guide helps purchasers and suppliers match and supply goods easily by using a unique six digit code to identify products exactly to an individual description. The codes have remained consistent and unchanged in almost 40 years. The Guide has been comprehensively expanded to list more than 50,000 codes from tableware and galley utensils to welding equipment and marine coatings.

The ever-growing content has been coupled with advances in technology that have seen many companies migrating their purchasing facilities to ecommerce trading platforms.

As such, the Marine Stores Guide Data Licence continues to grow in both reach and application, allowing users to specify products quickly and effectively using unique data imported into their purchasing systems.

With illustrations, specifications, product information and comparison tables for major manufacturers, the Marine Stores Guide Seventh edition provides an invaluable reference for those involved in the commercial shipping industry.

The Marine Stores Guide Data has recently become more significant in value to ship owners and operators as well as ship suppliers. With the increasing adoption of electronic ship supply management (ecommerce), the Marine Stores Guide has become especially useful for the specification of stores items in electronic trading. If the purchaser includes the IMPA code (already held in his purchasing system) for the required items in his electronic RFQ or Purchase Order, the supplier can read this IMPA code directly into his sales order system, matching it to the appropriate stock item.

The use of the IMPA Marine Stores Guide in ecommerce has as advantage over the printed Guide, as the printed version is only updated once every 5 years. In the intervening period, certain items may become obsolete and others may need to be added to the Guide. IMPA has recognised this, and now provides updates to the catalogue on a six-monthly cycle. These updates are only available in electronic form. The latest version of the MSG Data includes more than 50,000 codes.

To use the IMPA Marine Stores Guide in electronic form (to import the code data into your purchasing or sales order system), you will need to purchase an IMPA Marine Stores Guide Data Licence.

Marine Stores Guide - at a glance

  • First published in 1978
  • More than 110,000 copies in circulation on board ships and in offices
  • Six-digit code helps suppliers and purchasers to match goods quickly and easily
  • The codes have remained unchanged in 40 years
  • Languages include: Russian, English, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese

Leading product reference source for the maritime industry

First published in 1978

More than 110,000 copies in circulation

Used by 5,000+ vessels / 300+ shipping companies

Includes 50,000+ codes that have remained unchanged in 40 years

Data Licence

It has been developed over a number of years by IMPA in partnership with Fuji Trading and continues to grow in tandem with the increasing use of electronic trading.

The MSG Data Licence provides a universal coding system to facilitate communication between crew, owner and supplier, making the specification and supply of goods simple, quick and effective.

The Data, provided in MS Excel format, is uploaded into purchasing software systems or electronic order systems, making it simple for companies using electronic trading platforms to specify and identify stores items quickly using the 6-digit code. The directory lists more than 50,000 products provided by suppliers and manufacturers from around the world. Unlike the book version, the electronic version is updated every six months.

Many of the leading marine software companies promote the use of the IMPA Marine Stores Guide Data through their systems and act as resellers throughout the world. Among these companies are ABS Nautical Systems, GL Maritime Software, DANAOS Management Consultants, Moscord Pte Ltd, Logimatic Solutions A/S, Vertex Infosoft Solutions Pvt Ltd, Lighthouse eSolutions Pte Ltd and ShipServ. Use of these companies’ software systems guarantees the use of the MSG Data updates are only available in electronic form. The latest version of the MSG Data includes more than 50,000 codes.

To use the IMPA Marine Stores Guide in electronic form (to import the code data into your purchasing or sales order system), you will need to purchase an IMPA Marine Stores Guide Data Licence.

How does the Data Licence work?

To use the IMPA Marine Stores Guide Data in your purchasing system you need to have a Data Licence agreement in place, which is issued by the IMPA office in the UK.

A straightforward agreement sets out the terms of the Data Licence and the fees. A copy of the licence agreement can be obtained from the IMPA administration office by emailing support@marinestoresguide.com and at marinestoresguide.com.

Once you have completed the license agreement, you will have access to the IMPA Data to import into your systems. Each year at the anniversary of your licence agreement IMPA will send an update and renewal form which it will update your agreement for the following year.

Each year at the anniversary of your licence agreement, IMPA will contact you to update your information (e.g. fleet size, number of employees, etc.) and a renewal invoice is sent according to the updated information. No further action is required from your side.

A digital version of the catalogue, MS Excel format

Updated every six months

Simple, quick and effective

More than 50,000 products provided by suppliers and manufacturers from around the world

The MSG Data Licence provides a universal coding system

New Publisher Licence

A new licence has been introduced for manufacturers, wholesalers and ship suppliers who for a long time have wanted the ability to match their own product codes to the IMPA MSG codes and want the ability to promote these either online or in their own printed catalogues. This new agreement allows manufacturers, wholesalers and ship suppliers to publish the IMPA MSG unique six digit codes alongside their own codes and images.

How does the data licence work?

To use the IMPA Marine Stores Guide Data in your purchasing system you need to have a data license agreement in place, which is issued by the IMPA office in the UK.

This straightforward agreement sets out the terms of the data licence and the fees. A copy of the licence agreement can be obtained from the IMPA administration office and at marinestoresguide.com.

Once you have completed the licence agreement you will have access to the IMPA Data to import into your systems.

Each year at the anniversary of your licence agreement IMPA will contact you to update your information (e.g. fleet size, number of employees, etc.) and a renewal invoice is sent according to the updated information. No further action is required from your side.

Get in touch…

If you have any questions or enquiries, please visit our contact page or reach us on the following:

 

IMPA, East Bridge House, East Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2TX, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1206 798900 | Email: support@marinestoresguide.com