9.5 C
Hamburg
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Home News DCSA accelerates shipping digitalisation with new OVS exchange standards

DCSA accelerates shipping digitalisation with new OVS exchange standards

Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), a neutral, non-profit group established to further the digitalisation of container shipping technology, has published standards for the exchange of operational vessel schedules (OVS).

DCSA, which is composed of nine shipping lines, said that the standards can be implemented by vessel operators, as well as their vessel sharing agreement (VSA) partners and operational service providers, to enable automatic sharing of schedule information.

With the new standards in place, carriers can digitally publish their schedules, and their partners and operational service providers can subscribe to the carrier’s feed to automatically receive updates, or retrieve updates as needed, said the announcement.

This will provide complete vessel schedule transparency, increasing efficiency and enabling better planning and optimisation of shipping activities, according to the DCSA.

The DCSA OVS standard publication comprises a set of documents:

  • The DCSA Industry Blueprint 2.0 with OVS schedule definitions and an updated glossary of terms
  • The DCSA Information Model 2.0
  • DCSA Data Interface Standards for OVS 1.0 and associated Reading Guides

In addition to these documents, DCSA has published OVS API definitions on the SwaggerHub open source API development platform, where future enhancements will also be published. Carriers can use the definitions to rapidly implement DCSA standard-compliant APIs for OVS.

ONE (Ocean Network Express) emerged from the legacy of three Japanese liner companies, said Yu Kurimoto, MD corporate and innovation for ONE, whotook pride in service delivery.

“From this cherished history we formed our current core values of quality, reliability, innovation and customer satisfaction. Furthering these values in the modern era requires greater transparency and interoperability among industry participants. OVS is a perfect example of an area in which digitalisation would provide these benefits. We are very pleased to see DCSA taking on OVS with its digital standards initiatives," he added.

OVS are at the core of a functioning container shipping industry, according to Thomas Bagge, CEO of DCSA, who went on to say, "Digitising them is necessary if we want build a higher degree of effectiveness and efficiency into the fabric of container shipping processes, and this release is an important step in that direction. Once implemented, our OVS standards will, for example, enable a port operator to optimise their operational activities in accordance with the exact arrival time and departure date of a vessel."

The DCSA Standard for Operational Vessel Schedules can be freely downloaded from the DCSA website.

DCSA is constituted of the following container shipping companies: MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE Evergreen, Yang Ming, HMM and ZIM.

- Advertisment -Port Montreal advertisment
- Advertisment - LR Sustainability Decarbonisation Digital Adverts

Latest Posts

Titan offers a window to LNG power

Liquified natural gas (LNG) supplier Titan LNG has launched a price overview of LNG as a marine fuel looking at prices in the key...

Klinge Corp plans to ramp up reefer production

US based reefer container specialist the Klinge Corporation to ramp up production as demand for specialist low temperature containers is expected to grow with...

Stevedore’s action in Bilbao inflates APMT Gijon container traffic

A dockers strike in the Port of Bilbao has caused a significant increase in volumes that APM Terminals Gijon receives, exceeding its capacity and...

NWSA to open its upgraded container terminal in the next year

The Port of Seattle will complete the first phase of a modernised international maritime shipping facility at Terminal 5, a project funded jointly by...

Updated: Grounded vessel in Suez Canal refloated

Hapag-Lloyd confirmed that the Al-Muraykh ran aground this morning in the SUez Canal while on, however the vessel has now been refloated and the...

We have introduced a voluntary registration system which will help us to understand our customers better and offer them an improved service.

From 1 January, 2021 registration will be required but news content access will remain free of charge.