• 2019 April 16 16:43

    Digital Container Shipping Association launched with Maersk exec installed as CEO

    After gaining regulatory approval from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) last month, four container shipping companies – MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express – officially established the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) on 10 April, 2019 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The aim is to create common information technology standards to make the industry more efficient for both customers and shipping lines, MSC said in its release.

    The plan to create a neutral, non-profit association for ocean carriers was first announced in November 2018. The association, focusing on driving standardization, digitalization and interoperability in container shipping, is now starting operations with a leadership team made up of senior industry figures, including Thomas Bagge, who is appointed CEO.

    “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,” says André Simha, Chief Information Officer of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DCSA.

    To create value quickly and to overcome some of the biggest pain-points in the industry, one of the first projects is focusing on standards to overcome the lack of a common foundation for technical interfaces and data.

    The association is also 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.

    Thomas Bagge from A.P. Moller – Maersk is appointed CEO and Statutory Director of the DCSA.

    “DCSA is working for the benefit of the entire container shipping industry; hence, it was important for us that the headquarter is located on neutral grounds, so no specific stakeholders or companies are favoured,” says André Simha.

    The location of the association’s headquarters in Amsterdam will not favour any of the large shipping companies. At the same time, it provides proximity to shipping infrastructure and ease of access, as well as an attractive location for talented employees.

    “DCSA is working for the benefit of the entire container shipping industry, so it was important for us that the headquarters is located on neutral grounds, with no specific stakeholders or companies being favoured,” says Simha.

    DCSA is in discussions with multiple other container shipping lines around the globe who are interested in joining. Preparations for two more companies to join are already in process.

    Fact box: The Digital Container Shipping Association
     Neutral and non-profit association
     Purpose is to pave the way for digitalization and standardization in the industry
     MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd and ONE are founding members
     All ocean carriers are invited to join, and close collaboration with the entire industry is expected
     No intention of developing or operating any digital platform
     Not working on topics of commercial or competitive nature
    Digital Container Shipping Association Leadership Team
     Thomas Bagge, CEO and Statutory Director, Digital Container Shipping Association
     Andre Simha, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Digital Container Shipping Association, CIO MSC

    Fact box: Members of Supervisory Board
     MSC Group: André Simha, Chief Information Officer
     A.P. Moller - Maersk: Adam Banks, Chief Technology & Information Officer
     Hapag-Lloyd: Martin Gnass, Managing Director Information Technology
     Ocean Network Express: Noriaki Yamaga, Managing Director, Corporate & Innovation




2019 November 11

18:33 Alfa Laval opens new global Innovation & Test center outside Copenhagen
18:03 ABS issues industry-leading guide for firefighting for cargo areas of container carriers
17:54 Yantar shipyard launches lead rescue ship of Project 23700 named Voyevoda
17:48 Massterly and the future of autonomous shipping
17:25 Throughput of Russian seaports in 10M’19 grew by 3.2% to 701.48 million tonnes
17:03 Wärtsilä and PSA Marine achieve breakthrough in IntelliTug project
16:44 University of Rochester create a metallic structure that won't sink
16:39 Petersburg Oil Terminal transshipped 5.9 million tonnes of oil products in 9M’19, up 3.5% YoY
16:27 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 10M’2019 fell by 8.7% Y-o-Y to 27.3 million tonnes
16:15 LuminUltra warns of increased microbial influenced corrosion with IMO 2020 compliant fuels
16:08 USCG responds to aground Panamian-flagged cargo vessel north of Fishers Island
15:50 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 8,504 in RF spot market
15:37 Damen secures repeat order from B.C. Ferry Services
15:32 Wärtsilä’s single-source capability key to new vessels order
15:29 DP World’s JV wins concession for Berths No 11-12 of Port 2000 in Le Havre
15:02 LUKOIL reports preliminary operating data for Q3 and 9M of 2019
14:33 Rail terminal at Kiel’s Schwedenkai will get an additional track
14:19 APEM wins Enterprize Energy offshore wind farm contract
13:42 MCB Group enters the market of insurance expertise
13:21 Fleet Xpress agreement marks new stage in Bourbon digitalisation strategy for offshore
13:00 Bremenports launches campaign in the port Hinterland
12:35 IAPH tools assist safe bunkering of clean marine fuels
12:09 Van Oord announces new Executive Governance structure
11:48 Port of Barcelona promoted in Tokyo
11:26 Primorsk Marine Grain Terminal to be put into operation in 2024
11:09 Port of Oakland export volume jumped 10.8 percent in October 2019
10:50 Missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet calls port of Malabo
10:09 Hapag-Lloyd to implement GRI for Trans-Pacific trade eastbound
09:54 Port of Southampton to host MSC Grandiosa UK launch
09:47 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 11
09:42 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.88% to $61.96, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.82% to $56.77
09:25 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,378 points
09:10 Port of Long Beach posts container volume of 688,425 TEUs in October 2019

2019 November 10

16:51 Vard Marine contracted to provide design package for two SeaFloat power barges
14:41 IMO: Skilled, ambitious and increasingly visible – maritime women profiled
13:37 ABS achieves new international safety standard
12:42 USCG responds to oil discharge in Honolulu
11:38 CMA CGM announces general rate restoration for Pakistan to Kenya and Tanzania trade
10:59 CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering (CDWE) signs contracts for the Zhong Neng offshore wind farm in Taiwan

2019 November 9

15:23 GE Renewable Energy signs agreement with China Huaneng Group to build 715 MW wind farm in Henan province
14:03 HII authenticates keel of guided missile destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125)
12:57 BC Ferries adds 28 sailings for remembrance day weekend
11:53 Fincantieri reports 9.7% growth in revenues in Jan-Oct and total backlog above EUR 32bn with ships to be delivered up to 2027
10:31 First ever LNG bunkering at the Port of Nagoya, Japan

2019 November 8

18:26 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from West Med, Adriatic, Black Sea and East Med to Far East, Middle East Gulf and Red Sea
18:09 The Port of Barcelona organizes the Smart Ports - Piers of the Future
17:50 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
17:36 Wärtsilä receives an order to supply package of solutions for two new RoPax ferries
17:09 Port of Kiel expands shunting station
16:48 Viktor Litvinenko appointed head of Russian Fishery Company
16:30 Shell Marine signs framework agreement with China’s CCCC Dredging (Group)
16:06 Northern Drilling's West Mira first rig to receive DNV GL Battery (Power) notation
16:01 Sembcorp Marine delivers Q7000 well intervention semi-submersible rig to Helix
15:35 Port of HaminaKotka handled 14.987 million tonnes of cargo in January-October 2019, up 10.5% YoY
15:01 Singapore readies ship owners and operators for 2020 & Beyond
14:56 NIBULON signed Cooperation Agreement with Kherson State Maritime Academy and its “Maritime Industry Innovations” Science Park
14:18 Navigation season of 2019 closed in Ob Basin of Russia’s IWW
14:00 Toho Gas and MOL announce the implementation of a demonstration test to supply LNG to the LNG-fueled tugboat in the Port of Nagoya
13:57 Hanseaticsoft rolls out its Cloud Fleet Manager, next-generation ship management solution at Europort 2019
13:44 Diana Shipping announces the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel