Frequently Asked Questions

What is Columbus?

Columbus is a cloud based procurement platform for ship Managers and Suppliers.
Ship Managers use Columbus to find suitable suppliers for their needs, achieve cost savings and optimise their purchasing operations.
Suppliers use Columbus to increase online exposure and optimise work-flows in order to grow their business by receiving orders from trustworthy buyers in a simple and efficient way.

How does Columbus work?

Sign up for your free 90 day trial on Columbus through a simple and efficient process.

a. Sign up
b. Activate your account
c. Start trading

Within Columbus you are able to manage your quotes, RFQs, purchase orders, invoices on your phone, tablet or desktop.

What if I need help getting started?

If you have any questions or if you need any assistance our staff will be ready to take action. Columbus support includes training as well as help with product set up.

Do I need to install any software?

No. You don't have to install any server-side products, maintain backups, or monitor performance - this is all provided by us.

Does Columbus integrate with other applications & systems?

Columbus integrates with hundreds of apps and integrations pre-constructed. In addition, through our developer API, you can build almost anything you want on top of the Columbus platform

What differentiates Columbus from other online procurement platforms?

Marinus is a London-based company focused on providing the global shipping community with best practices and technology in the 21st century. Our product is Columbus, a revolutionary tool that provides ship managers and suppliers with significant financial and cost benefits. For successful integration, Columbus uses Machine Learning to stay ahead and uses a 2-way rest layer.

You can easily manage your quotes, RFQs, purchase orders, invoices and more via browser on your phone, tablet or desktop with Columbus.

Does Marinus act as intermediary between buyers and suppliers with respect to order payments?

No. Marinus does not act as an intermediary for the payment of orders nor handles funds related to purchase orders. The buyers pay directly to the suppliers.

How is Columbus different from any other online procurement platform?

Marinus provides maritime professionals with an online procurement platform that offers its users new opportunities while optimising their daily operations. Working more efficiently and increasing per FTE productivity. Respond faster to the needs of the market and optimise workflows so that you can focus on what matters most–the bottom line.

Innovation through outcome and business needs for more sustainable goods, works and services. Columbus encourages local procurement, minority enterprises, and SMEs to work efficiently while reducing fixed costs and overhead.

How do you ensure data security and compliance?

  • Limited access to data and only essential staff have access
  • 2-factor authentication and hardware keys on all laptops and mobile phones
  • Regular passwords and keys changes on all the servers
  • Regular independent audit & penetration testing from an established security company
  • Separation of services: website, CMS, help-desk, API and platform run on isolated servers


We are committed to keeping your data secure. Our facilities offer strict security 24/7/365 with video surveillance, biometric access and advanced fire, flood and theft monitoring systems. Our network security system uses the latest technology to detect and prevent encryption and intrusion.

Do you use our data for other purposes?

No. You are the owner of your data.

I'm concerned about my privacy, do you track users?

No. We don't use Google Analytics or any third-party tools to track our users on the website or the platform. We value your privacy

How long do you keep my data on your database?

In addition to legal/regulatory obligations (invoices / tax ), we only keep data for Columbus use. Please contact support if you want your data to be anonymised or deleted.