Digital Container Shipping Association launched with Maersk exec installed as CEO

Four of the world’s largest liners have officially debuted a new association to standardise digital developments, installing a Maersk high-flier as its first CEO.

Thomas Bagge (pictured) will head up the Digital Container Shipping Association, a grouping that includes Maersk, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE). Other lines are expected to join the association soon.

The association was first conceived in November last year and aims to focus on digitalisation, standardisation and interoperability.

Speaking with Splash, Bagge said a lack of uniformity among digital developments between liners had held the industry back in recent years.

“A fundamental shift is still a few years as carriers will have to implement standardisation,” Bagge said. He went on to predict that once there was greater standardisation carriers would be able to increase the speed with which they bring innovations to the market as they would need less time in testing and deployment.

By creating a greater set of digital standards, Bagge insisted carriers would then offer greater transparency and visibility and clients would find the digital offerings less confusing.

Commenting on the association’s creation, Splash columnist Kris Kosmala noted six months ago, “Such an initiative was long overdue, with industries as diverse as telecoms, financial services, electronics or automotive showing the clear advantages of having common understanding and uniformed definition of critical data exchanged between all participants.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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