Five container shipping companies intend to create an association with the purpose of paving the way for digitalization, standardization and interoperability in the container shipping industry.

CMA CGM, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express plan to establish container shipping association

IT executives from CMA CGM, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express are currently discussing the creation of common information technology standards which shall be openly available and free of charge for all stakeholders of the wider container shipping industry.

“It’s in the customers' and all stakeholders’ best interest, if container shipping companies operate with a common set of information technology standards”, says André Simha, CIO of MSC and spokesperson of the group.

“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”, he adds.

A need for a neutral and non-profit association

Whilst the shipping industry already has multiple organizations and associations, the members of the group identified a need for a neutral and non-profit body for ocean carriers that is driven by delivering benefits for the industry and its stakeholders./p] [p]“That is why we will also welcome new members with open arms to join the association”, Simha concludes.

The association has no intent of developing or operating any digital platform, but aims to ensure interoperability through standardization. Similarly, the association will not discuss any commercial or operational matters.

“CMA CGM is always looking for best practices and standards to support the innovation and digital strategy of the company. Being a founding member will enable us to work together on setting the standards for digitization of the entire industry,” says Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Executive Vice President IT & Transformations, CMA CGM.

Fact box: Participants of discussions

  • CMA CGM: Madhana Kumar, Vice President, Transformation, Data & Digital
  • A.P. Moller - Maersk: Adam Banks, Chief Technology & Information Officer
  • Hapag-Lloyd: Martin Gnass, Managing Director Information Technology
  • MSC Group: André Simha, Chief Information Officer
  • Ocean Network Express: Noriaki Yamaga, Managing Director, Corporate & Innovation

Fact box: About the plans

  • To establish a neutral and non-profit association
  • Purpose is to pave the way for digitalization and standardization in the industry
  • All ocean carriers are invited to join the association once it is established
  • CMA CGM, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and ONE intend to become members
  • Operating as from early 2019 (Subject to any applicable regulatory requirements)
  • The association will comply with all legal and regulatory requirements

Source: CMA CGM