Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) has published standard data definitions for the Just-in-Time (JIT) port call process.
The DCSA said the standards would move container shipping towards a JIT port call process and will enable vessel to optimise streaming speed and cut fuel consumption.
The definitions will allow carriers, ports and terminals to exchange event data in a uniform way, enabling digital planning and operational optimisation. Widespread adoption is the first step towards achieving a digital, global, transparent, just-in-time port call ecosystem.
Subsequent releases of DCSA’s JIT Port Call programme will include API definitions for automating the exchange of event data.
“Our ability to provide more innovative, efficient and sustainable operations is a strategic advantage for our port,” said Erwin Verstaelen, CDIO for Port of Antwerp.
“Just-in-time port calls enabled by DCSA digital standards will play an important role in helping ensure that these attributes are a core part of our infrastructure. There are a lot of moving parts and stakeholders that need to work together to enable a JIT port call.
“With commitments from the world’s top carriers, DCSA’s digital standards are key to enabling this collaboration.”
Frank Kho, CEO of TIC4.0 (Terminal Industry Committee 4.0), added: “Port call optimisation will enable terminal operators to provide many benefits to their shipping customers,” said Frank Kho, CEO of TIC4.0 (Terminal Industry Committee 4.0).
“With just-in-time port calls, arrival times and berth space can be optimally managed. This means capacity, equipment and staffing can be more accurately estimated and planned.
“We applaud DCSA’s initiative to develop standards that will enable greater port call efficiency and appreciate the opportunity to contribute to shaping them. TIC4.0 is committed to working with stakeholders, including other standards bodies such as ITPCO, to develop standards that will improve operational efficiency for terminals and other adjacent parts of the supply chain. As part of our commitment we encourage players in our industry to join and support the work.”
Thomas Bagge, CEO, DCSA, also commented:“The JIT port call will streamline a number of key processes for industry stakeholders, and it will also benefit the environment,” said Thomas Bagge, CEO DCSA.
“Enabling a vessel to optimise its speed during the voyage to arrive just in time at the Pilot Boarding Place, when berth availability is ensured, will significantly reduce the amount of fuel consumed. Achieving this will require digital collaboration between carriers, ports and terminals.
“DCSA digital standards play an important role in establishing the harmonious ecosystem that will allow this level of collaboration, and today’s release is the first step towards the creation of that ecosystem.”