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Maersk, four others in liner association to revolutionise the industry

IT executives from A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA
CGM, 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

“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

A need for a neutral and non-profit
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
“That is why we
will also welcome new members with open arms to join the association”, Simha
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.
Fact box:
Participants of discussions
A.P. Moller – Maersk: Adam Banks, Chief
Technology & Information Officer
CMA CGM: Madhana Kumar, Vice President,
Transformation, Data & Digital
Hapag-Lloyd: Martin Gnass, Managing Director
Information Technology
MSC Group: André Simha, Chief Information
Ocean Network Express: Noriaki Yamaga,
Managing Director, Corporate & Innovation
Fact box: About
the plans
To establish a neutral and non-profit
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
A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, 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

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