Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
It was announced on 18 April from Singapore by Ocean Network Express (ONE) that A P Moller-Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express had established the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) in The Netherlands.
After gaining regulatory approval from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) last month (March), four container shipping companies officially established the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) on 12 April 2019 with HQ in Amsterdam and the association is now commencing operations.
Industry veterans form a leadership team with Thomas Bagge appointed as CEO.
In the words of Noriaki Yamaga, Managing Director, Corporate & Innovation, Ocean Network Express (see illustration here of an example of ONE’s tonnage): ‘ONE is constantly seeking best practices and standards to support and drive innovation technology in the shipping and logistics industry to create valuable opportunities for digital transformation. To realize these goals, concrete discussion and solid collaboration works must be done in order to standardize solutions, establish common IT standards and governance for the industry to streamline and digitize shipping process to shape the future of the shipping industry. We truly believe that the establishment of this association will bring values, benefits and opportunities to our customers, as well as logistics companies, leading shipping and logistics industry to new ecosystem of digital supply chain.’
Digital standards are priority
On inauguration it is understood that the association immediately started working driving standardization, digitalization and interoperability. To create value and to overcome some of the potential difficulties in the industry, one of the first projects is to focus on standards to overcome the lack of a common foundation for technical interfaces and data. Additionally, to develop another cornerstone for the foundation of the future of shipping, the association is creating an industry blueprint for processes. Work undertaken will be for the benefit of the entire industry, as all standards will be openly published, making them available free of charge to interested external parties.
Thomas Bagge appointed CEO
Thomas Bagge is appointed CEO and statutory director of the DCSA. Joining from Maersk Thomas Bagge has held several leadership roles in Denmark and abroad, most recently in technology.
‘We are pleased to have with Thomas Bagge the first one of a strong leadership team in place, who is supported by all founding members and represents container shipping at its best’, said André Simha.
Headquarters in Amsterdam
The association’s headquarters will be located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Added Simha: ‘DCSA is working for the benefit of the entire container shipping industry; hence, it was important for us that the headquarters is located on neutral grounds, so no specific stakeholders or companies are favoured.’
Proximity to shipping infrastructure, attractiveness for talent as well as ease of reach was a decisive point for selecting Amsterdam as location for the HQ.
New members joining
DCSA is in discussions with many other container shipping lines interested in joining and preparations for membership of two companies are in hand.
About Digital Container Shipping Association
This is a neutral and non-profit association whose purpose is to pave the way for digitalization and standardization in the industry. A P Moller-Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and ONE are founding members.
All ocean carriers are invited to join, and close collaboration with the entire industry is expected. The association has no intent of developing or operating any digital platform and the association is not working on topics of a commercial or competitive nature.
The Digital Container Shipping Association Leadership Team
Thomas Bagge CEO and Statutory Director. Over the past 12 years, Thomas has been involved in various transformation activities in Maersk covering people, process and technology. He holds a degree in Applied Finance from Copenhagen Business School as well as an Executive MBA. Aside from the role as CEO of DCSA, Thomas Bagge will retain a number of board positions in other organizations.
Andre Simha, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, DCSA, CIO, MSC. He joined MSC in 1987 and is responsible for implementing and developing the complex data flow between the company’s headquarters and its agencies worldwide; oversees over 1,000 staff globally, providing interactive software solutions for MSC, as well as steering MSC’s broader activities related to technology, innovation and digitalization. It is understood that he will retain his position at MSC.
Members of the DCSA Supervisory Board
MSC Group: André Simha, Chief Information Officer (Chairman)
A P Moller -Maersk: Adam Banks, Chief Technology & Information Officer
Hapag-Lloyd: Martin Gnass, Managing Director Information Technology
Ocean Network Express (ONE): Noriaki Yamaga, Managing Director, Corporate & Innovation.
Our picture shows a Carnival line up. Five Carnival ships are due in Durban in week commencing 24 May. (Photo: www.africaports.co.za )
No less than five Carnival Cruise ships are due to arrive in Durban between 26 and 28 May to take on bunkers and to restock depleted supplies.
These five ships are part of a group of 12 engaged in the humanitarian task of repatriating over 26,000 crew from the Carnival fleet and other companies, as well as personnel from entertainment centres ashore, who because of the coronavirus pandemic, have had their employment suddenly curtailed.
Hotel staff and entertainers
These are the entertainment staff, the onboard shop workers, beauty salon practitioners, waiters and bus boys, chefs and kitchen staff, cabin cleaners, pursers and front desk people all making up the staff working on board cruise ships.
With cruising curtailed these former employees are finally returning home to destinations like India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines after having remained on board their ships for more than two months, unable to go ashore or receive visitors ever since cruising operations were suspended in mid -March. Ahead they face another three or four weeks at sea before being allowed to disembark. However, there’s something of a problem.
Call to governments
IFSMA* calls upon Governments to adopt the ‘Framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic’ without delay to allow ship owners and management companies to change over their dangerously tired crews.
Governments must act now in order to avoid personal injury to, and mental breakdown of, seafarers and avoid the significant risk of accidents and consequential danger to life and the environment.
Concern at IFSMA
IFSMA is receiving an increasing number of reports from its ship masters’ associations around the world concerned for the welfare and safety of crews and the increased risk with which they are operating in an already high risk environment. Seafarers are feeling let down and abandoned by their Governments.
Following concerns from the maritime industry, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued a circular to all Member States, the UN and agencies and IGOs and NGOs in consultative status with IMO. This document concerned recommendations to Member States about measures to facilitate ship crew changes in seaports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IMO Secretary General has received a framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the pandemic, proposed by a cross-section of global industry associations in consultative status with the IMO, for example: ICS, IAPH, BIMCO, IFSMA, and P&I Clubs as well as the International Air Transport Association (IATA).