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Lines set up digital shipping association

[ April 18, 2019   //   ]

Shipping lines MSC, Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express have officially established the Digital Container Shipping Association in Amsterdam, after gaining regulatory approval from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) last month. The aim is to create common information technology standards to make the industry more efficient for lines and their customers.

AP Moller-Maersk’s Thomas Bagge has been appointed the association’s chief executive.

One of the association’s first projects will focus on standards to overcome the lack of a common foundation for technical interfaces and data.

Amsterdam was chosen as the location of the association’s headquarters as it would not favour any of the large shipping companies.

The plan to create a neutral, non-profit association for ocean carriers was first announced in November 2018.

DCSA is in discussions with other container shipping lines and preparations for two more companies to join are already in process.