Major ocean carriers join forces to standardise digitalisation

Five major shipping lines have come together to establish a container shipping association with the aim of ensuring standardisation of digitalisation in the container shipping industry.

The IT executives from Hapag-Lloyd, A.P. Moller-Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM and Ocean Network Express announced yesterday that they were currently in discussions to create common information technology standards which would be freely available to the entire industry.

“It’s in the customers’ and all stakeholders’ best interest if container shipping companies operate with a common set of information technology standards,” said MSC chief information officer and spokesperson of the group, André Simha. “We are striving for less red tape and better transparency. The timing is right as emerging technologies create new customer friendly opportunities.”

He noted that the new association did not intend to develop or operate any digital platform, would not discuss any commercial or operational matters, and all ocean carriers would be invited to join the association once it was established.

Simha added that, subject to any applicable regulatory requirements, the new container shipping association would begin operations from early 2019.

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