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Five container shipping companies coming together for digitalisation, standardisation & interoperability

The shipping 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.


Five 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.


"It’s 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.


"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 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 stakeholders.


"That is why we will also welcome new members with open arms to join the association," adds Mr Simha.


The 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 release.


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