Before containerization was introduced to shipping, the industry had suffered from tremendous inefficiencies – it could take up to two weeks just to load and unload a ship. The extensive use of containers has not only saved shippers a huge amount of time, but it has also had an incredible impact on our global access to affordable goods: The quantity of goods carried by containers has risen from around 102 million metric tons in 1980 to about 1.83 billion metric tons in 2017. Now, the container shipping industry yet again is facing a challenge which results in major inefficiencies, vital need for clarity and visibility – the lack of industry-wide standards.
That’s why five of the shipping industry’s biggest names, Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, CMA CGM, and Ocean Network Express, came together to form the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) in April 2019. Since its initiation, Evergreen Line, HMM, Yang Ming, and Zim have also joined, and now the DCSA represents ~70% of the container shipping industry. The main aim of the association is to create common information technology standards for digitalization and interoperability in an effort to make the industry more efficient for both customers and shipping lines.
In order to understand more about how the DCSA plans to move the shipping industry forward, Transmetrics’ Co-Founder and CCO Anna Shaposhnikova spoke with Thomas Bagge, CEO and Statutory Director of the DCSA. Thomas has spent over 12 years in various transformation activities at Maersk covering people, processes, and technology and his extensive industry expertise is a crucial aspect for leading DCSA.