Top Ocean Carriers Launch Digital Standards Association

Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and ONE intend to create an association to pave the way for "digitalization, standardization and interoperability" in the container shipping industry. Their IT executives are discussing the creation of common information technology standards, which will be openly available and free of charge for all stakeholders in the wider container shipping industry.

The 5 carriers acknowledged that the industry has many existing associations and said that they wanted to form a new open-membership body for IT concerns. It will not build or operate any digital platform but will seek to create common standards to ensure interoperability. In an acknowledgement of the requirements of antitrust compliance, the group said that it "will not discuss any commercial or operational matters."