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EU Trade Bodies Press for Ship Data Rules

Ship owners’ and transport workers’ associations have in a statement to the EU stressed ship owners are better served by smart digital solutions to decrease the administrative burden they face.

European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) made the statement during the “EU Digital Assembly” event. European Commission, Malta and others organized the event that started on 15 June, 2017 to highlight the importance of digital shipping. ECSA represents the EU ship owners’ associations and ETF represents over 3.5 million EU transport workers.

It called on the European Commission to undertake a comprehensive revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive to ensure a ‘reporting once’ principle for regulatory burdens, and sharing of all cargo and conveyance data between governments and relevant authorities. In the statement it noted all actors need to now implement the solutions already available on the basis of harmonised datasets and formats for cargo, crew and vessel data. It said the shipping industry’s structure means it doesn’t compete in a single market and “remains hampered by endless paperwork”.

European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) said: “This is to the detriment of the crew, which faces increased workload with repercussions on rest-time and job satisfaction. “It also affects the overall smooth shipping operations, especially for short sea shipping operators as they frequently call at EU ports within short time spans. “Some illustrative examples include: In port A the master has to insert the date of birth along the following instruction: DD/MM/YYYY for his crew, in the next European port he calls it has to be in the form of DD.MMM.YYYY and in a third port the format obliges to put YYYY/MM/DD.

“An excel document with 18 tab-pages to be filled in with specific codes requires hours of work in view of calling port A. Unfortunately this work cannot be re-used as for the next call a word document with different data requirements needs to be filled in and sent 72 hours in advance of the vessel’s arrival. “This results in shipping companies and crew facing increased paper work, different software requirements, a multiplicity of authorities and intermediate parties.

Procedures and requirements are not only complex but also repetitive, resulting in a loss of productivity, job satisfaction and unnecessary workload and stress for ship crews.”

Technical Paper: How Technology Transforms Ocean Container Shipping[1]

Automation and Optimisation , Automated Decision Making, Digitalisation, Cargo Volumes and Throughput, Carriers, Container Handling, Containers, Global Economy/Trade, Port & Maritime Training, Port Planning, Ports, Security and Logistics[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]


  1. ^ Technical Paper: How Technology Transforms Ocean Container Shipping (www.porttechnology.org)
  2. ^ Automation and Optimisation (www.porttechnology.org)
  3. ^ Automated Decision Making (www.porttechnology.org)
  4. ^ Digitalisation (www.porttechnology.org)
  5. ^ Cargo Volumes and Throughput (www.porttechnology.org)
  6. ^ Carriers (www.porttechnology.org)
  7. ^ Container Handling (www.porttechnology.org)
  8. ^ Containers (www.porttechnology.org)
  9. ^ Global Economy/Trade (www.porttechnology.org)
  10. ^ Port & Maritime Training (www.porttechnology.org)
  11. ^ Port Planning (www.porttechnology.org)
  12. ^ Ports (www.porttechnology.org)
  13. ^ Security and Logistics (www.porttechnology.org)

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