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November 16, 2018

Five container lines establish association to oversee digitalization

Five container shipping companies announced that they intend to create an association with the purpose of paving the way for digitalization, standardization and interoperability in the container shipping industry.

IT executives from A.P. Moller - Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express are currently discussing the creation of common information technology standards which shall be openly available and free of charge for all stakeholders of the wider container shipping industry.

"It's in the customers' and all stakeholders' best interest, if container shipping companies operate with a common set of information technology standards", says André Simha, CIO of MSC and spokesperson of the group.

"We are striving for less red tape and better transparency. The timing is right, as emerging technologies create new customer friendly opportunities. Together, we gain traction in delivering technological breakthroughs and services to our customers compared to working in our own closed silos", he adds.

Whilst the shipping industry already has multiple organizations and associations, the members of the group identified a need for a neutral and non-profit body for ocean carriers that is driven by delivering benefits for the industry and its stakeholders.

The association has no intent of developing or operating any digital platform, but aims to ensure interoperability through standardization. Similarly, the association says it will not discuss any commercial or operational matters.

Source: Ocean Network Express