industry has realized the significance of digitalization. The digital wave
cannot be stopped nor can it be ignored while many industries have started
reaping the benefits of digitalization which delivers better business results
and better control over trading operational risks in one place; it is, to use
the popular term today, a welcome ease of doing business. Any convenience in
administration generally enhances efficiency and technology proves itself as a
definite source of convenience, of course if you know how to use it properly.
container shipping companies intend to create an association with the purpose
of paving the way for digitalisation, standardisation and interoperability in
the container shipping industry.
IT executives from MSC, A.P. Moller-Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and
Ocean Network Express (ONE) 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.
in the customers’ and all stakeholders’ best interest if container shipping
companies operate with a common set of information technology standards,"
says Mr André Simha, CIO of MSC and spokesperson of the group.
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.
shipping industry already has multiple organisations 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
is why we will also welcome new members with open arms to join the
association," adds Mr Simha.
association has no intent of developing or operating any digital platform, but
aims to ensure interoperability through standardisation. Similarly, the
association will not discuss any commercial or operational matters, said a