CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero GIUGNO 2020
PORTS AND TERMINALS
INTERNATIONAL COALITIONS CALL ON MARITIME INDUSTRY TO MAKE
STRIDES ON DATA AND TRANSPARENCY
According to a statement, the ICHA has come together with
International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), BIMCO, the
International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), the
International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International
Harbour Masters' Association (IHMA).
"International Cargo Handling Coordination Association
(ICHCA) and other global maritime coalitions have called upon the
industry to make progress on issues ranging from the harmonisation
of data, emerging technologies and supply chain transparency."
Additionally, the International Maritime Pilots Association
(IMPA), the International Port Community Systems Association
(IPCSA), the International Ship Suppliers' Association (ISSA), the
Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents
(FONASBA) and the PROTECT Group are also included.
In total, the parties' call to action concerns nine areas where
the maritime industry could benefit, particularly as it recovers
from the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. To assess the state of implementation of existing legislation
meant to support transmission, receipt and response of information
in ports and find ways of transitioning to full-fledged single
2. To ensure harmonisation of data standards beyond the IMO FAL
Convention to facilitate sharing of port and berth-related master
data for just-in-time operation of ships. This, the parties say, can
be achieved through use of the supply chain standards of the
International Standardization Organization.
3. To strive for the introduction of Port Community Systems and
secure data exchange platforms in the main ports of all Member
States represented in the IMO.
4. To review existing IMO guidance on Maritime Cyber Risk
Management on its ability to address cyber risks in ports,
developing additional guidance where needed.
5. To raise awareness and promote best practices and
standardisation on how port communities can apply emerging
technologies such as artificial intelligence, advanced analytics,
internet of things, digital twins, robotics process automation,
autonomous systems, blockchain, virtual reality and augmented
6. To facilitate the implementation of emerging technologies to
improve the efficiency and safety of the port environment.
7. To develop a framework and roadmap to facilitate the
implementation and operationalisation of digital port platforms
where authorised port community service providers and users can
share data under secure data sharing protocols, enabling these
platforms to connect with hinterland supply chains as well.
8. To establish a coalition of willing stakeholders to improve
transparency of the supply chain through collaboration and
standardisation, starting with the long overdue introduction of the
electronic bill of lading.
9. To set up a capacity building framework to support smaller,
less developed, and understaffed port communities, not only with
technical facilities but also with training of personnel. Quality
data exchange requires a trained workforce with mid- and long-term
perspectives to build, implement, support, and sometimes override
"Working on these priorities requires collaboration between
maritime supply chain industry stakeholders and government,"
the parties said in a statement.
"Above all, it calls for inter-governmental collaboration
as the acceleration of digitalisation will require change management
at local, regional, and national levels.
"National trade facilitation committees implemented under
the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement could be an excellent
instrument for member states and port authorities to drive the
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