(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), a neutral, non-profit group established to further digitalisation of container shipping technology standards, in conjunction with its nine-member carriers, published standard data definitions for the port call process. This is the first publication of the DCSA Just-in-Time (JIT) Port Call programme which aims to facilitate vessel speed optimisation and reduce CO2 emissions.
This comes after the DCSA announcement ofÂ Digitalisation of container shipping technology standards
What is it?
By moving container shipping towards a JIT port call process, DCSA port call standards will enable container ships to optimise their steaming speed, thereby lowering fuel consumption and reducing CO2 emissions. To provide a global industry framework that preserves existing investments, DCSA port call data definitions align with IMO and ITPCO Just In Time (JIT) Arrival Guide standards. This is one of many initiatives to be put forth by DCSA to accelerate digitalisation through a unified industry effort.
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 DCSAâs JIT Port Call program will include API definitions for automating the exchange of event data.
Watch the below video from the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA):
âOur ability to provide more innovative, efficient and sustainable operations is a strategic advantage for our port,â said Erwin Verstaelen, CDIO for Port of Antwerp. âJust-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 worldâs top carriers, DCSAâs digital standards are key to enabling this collaboration.â
âPort call optimisation will enable terminal operators to provide many benefits to their shipping customers,â said Frank Kho, CEO ofâ¯â¯TIC4.0 (Terminal Industry Committee 4.0). âWith 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 DCSAâs initiative to develop standards that will enable greater port call efficiency and appreciate the opportunityâ¯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.â¯As part of our commitment, we encourage players in our industry to join and support the work.â
âThe JIT port call will streamline a number of key processes for industry stakeholders, and it will also benefit the environment,â said Thomas Bagge, CEO DCSA. âEnabling 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 todayâs release is the first step towards the creation of that ecosystem.â
Click below to download the DCSA Standard Data Definitions to Enable Just-in-Time Port Calls: