The purchasing department ensures the prompt supply of ships with provisions and stores, updated publications, charts, and manuals. It ensures that suppliers' deliveries are of the best quality and in accordance with the orders agreed. Their performance is continuously evaluated in terms of quality and cost-effectiveness to determine their future assignment. The main operation of the purchasing department is based on an in-house developed software system, that permits the direct transmission of vessels' inquiries to the office. The database formed includes all kinds of stores and provisions, marine paints and nautical publications, and is continuously updated.