Five of the largest container ship owners in the world intend to create an association to develop digitization, standardization and interoperability in the container industry.
The IT managers of the five shipowners have recently communicated on the creation of common standards:
- CMA CGM
- Ocean Network Express (One)
A digital revolution in container transport
When 5 world-wide shipowners agree on a common approach to digitization, it is inevitable to expect some impacts … This declaration could probably have long-term repercussions for the transport of maritime containers.
This association is completely neutral and not-for-profit. It’s aimed solely at creating common standards for information technology, which will be freely and freely available to all stakeholders in the container sector. The five companies want an association that aims to bring benefits to the industry and all its stakeholders.
In the press release issued by the 5 shipowners it is stated that they will not discuss any commercial or operational issues. André Simha, Director of MSC Information Systems and spokesperson for the alliance, says: “We are working hard to cut red tape and improve transparency.” He says, “This is a good time because emerging technologies are creating new opportunities for customers.”
Scheduled for 2019, the association is still in preparation and planning phase. But it will have to look for solutions to accompany the current upheavals: data standards, blockchain and cybersecurity. The main goal is to streamline and standardize information technology for the entire industry to lighten the work of carriers. This increased interoperability between large shipowners could thus have a positive impact on the entire supply chain.
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