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Official launch of Digital Container Shipping Association

Four of the world's largest container shipping companies - Maersk, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express - have officially established the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA).

DCSA has said that the aim of the association is to create common information technology standards to make the industry more efficient for both customers and shipping lines.

First announced in November 2018, the plan is to create a neutral, non-profit association for container shipping lines, focusing on driving standardisation, digitalisation and interoperability in container shipping.

“For the first time in twenty years, the container shipping industry has come together with a common goal to move the industry into the digital era. With the regulatory approval in place, we look forward for the association to take up work and to begin to collaborate with multiple stakeholders from the entire value chain,” André Simha, Chief Information Officer of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DCSA, said.

Reports in the trade press suggest that creating value quickly and overcoming some of the biggest pain-points in the industry are some of the aims of the DCSA. One of the first projects of the association is focusing on standards to overcome the lack of a common foundation for technical interfaces and data.

Additionally, the association is creating an industry blueprint for processes, which will be another significant part of the future of shipping. The work undertaken will be for the benefit of the entire industry, as all standards will be openly published and available free of charge to interested external parties, the companies advised.

DCSA says it is in discussions with multiple other container shipping lines around the globe who are interested in joining.

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