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Hapag-Lloyd planning container shipping association

Four more container shipping firms pave the way for digitalisation and co-operation

IT experts at A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express are mulling the creation of common information technology standards which will be openly available and free of charge to all stakeholders in the wider container shipping industry, a press release said Thursday (November 15, 2018).

André Simha, CIO of MSC and group spokesperson, said: “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.”

Need for neutral, non-profit association

The members of the group have identified a need for a neutral, non-profit body for ocean carriers to benefit the industry and its stakeholders despite existing multiple organizations and associations in the industry. The association does not intend to develop or operate any digital platform, but aims to ensure interoperability through standardization. The association will not discuss any commercial or operational matters.

New members welcome

If the regulatory requirements are met, the start should be in early 2019. All liner shipping companies will be invited to join when the association has been founded. “Hapag-Lloyd welcomes the creation of this association as we firmly believe that the challenges of the future can only be tackled with a common approach,” said Martin Gnass, Managing Director Information Technology at Hapag-Lloyd.

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