Writing.- Four shipping containers, Maersk, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express, they have formed the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) on the 10th of April and with headquarters in Amsterdam and whose objective is the creation of common standards for information technology for the industry to be more efficient both for customers and for shipping companies.
DCSA is born after being approved by the Federal Maritime Commission of the united States and focuses on promoting the standardization, digitization and interoperability in the transport of containers. The team is led by Thomas Bagge, who has been appointed CEO.
The Chief Information officer of MSC and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DCSA, André Simha, has declared that “for the first time in twenty years, the industry of container transportation has been united with a common goal to bring the industry into the digital age. With regulatory approval in force, we hope that the association will start to work and begin to collaborate with multiple stakeholders across the value chain.”
The location of the headquarters of the association in Amsterdam, did not favour any of the great shipping companies. At the same time, it provides proximity to the infrastructure of the shipping and ease of access.
To bring value quickly and overcome some of the most important points of the industry, one of the first projects of the association focuses on standards to overcome the lack of a common basis for the technical interfaces and the data. In addition you are creating an industrial plan for the processes, which will be another important part of the future of maritime transport. The work performed will be for the benefit of the entire industry, since all the rules will be published openly and will be available free of charge to external stakeholders, have pointed out from the Association.
DCSA is in talks with other shipping container lines all over the world who are interested in joining the Association. Preparations for two more companies to join are already in the process.
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