According to a statement issued by the five, IT specialists from within the individual companies are discussing the creation of common information technology standards which shall be openly available and free of charge for all stakeholders of the wider container shipping industry.
Spokesman for the group is MSC’s Global Chief Information Officer André Simha, who says it is in the best interests of customers and all stakeholders if container shipping companies operate with a common set of information technology standards.
“We are striving for less red tape and better transparency. The timing is right, as emerging technologies create new customer-friendly opportunities. Together, we gain traction in delivering technological breakthroughs and services to our customers compared to working in our own closed silos,” he said.
The container shipping industry is closely watched by competition tribunals across the world and any talk of collaborating among each other has to be carefully explained and justified. A rejection by just one of those bodies means that the affected shipping line or lines will not be allowed to trade freely within that region or country.