Logistics And Frieght Forwarding

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)

Kalmar: Lack of Standards Restricting Container Shipping

Kalmar’s President has stated that the lack of global commercial standards for terminal automation is holding back the entire container shipping industry in his Port 2060 blog post[1].

Antti Kaunonen (pictured below) has identified two challenges that are being caused by each deployment being “more or less unique”, based on an interpretation of local regulations in addition to the specific needs of the terminal. Kaunonen stated: “Firstly, since each installation is largely custom-built, it hasn’t been possible to reuse proven solutions and benefit from economies of scale. “Secondly, as each solution requires a separate development process, it has taken longer to reach optimum performance for the automated terminal.”

View Kalmar Global in PTI’s Supplier Directory[2]

Kaunonen has suggested that the industry needs to think of creating an infrastructure in which the entire automated system operates as a seamlessly integrated whole. To push our industry effectively to the next level, Kaunonen wants to see a “copy with pride” approach with existing proven solutions with global industry standards. He added: “It must be a joint effort and the end users should be active in this development too.

“I call for similar cooperation to our industry that has been accomplished in the airline industry to define their own requirements to suppliers.”

In a previous blog post, Frank Kho, Vice President, Market Intelligence, Strategy and Development at Kalmar, stated that “uberisation” will have a significant impact on truck transportation in the container shipping industry[3].

Automation and Optimisation , Global Economy/Trade, Ports, Security and Logistics, Shipping[4][5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ Port 2060 blog post (www.kalmarglobal.com)
  2. ^ View Kalmar Global in PTI’s Supplier Directory (www.porttechnology.org)
  3. ^ In a previous blog post, Frank Kho, Vice President, Market Intelligence, Strategy and Development at Kalmar, stated that “uberisation” will have a significant impact on truck transportation in the container shipping industry (www.porttechnology.org)
  4. ^ Automation and Optimisation (www.porttechnology.org)
  5. ^ Global Economy/Trade (www.porttechnology.org)
  6. ^ Ports (www.porttechnology.org)
  7. ^ Security and Logistics (www.porttechnology.org)
  8. ^ Shipping (www.porttechnology.org)

Swedish Port Park Offers Logistics Facility

Swedish real estate company Castellum has broken ground on a facility available at the new Port of Gothenburg Logistics Park.

Castellum on June 9, 2017 held a groundbreaking ceremony prior to starting construction on the new logistics facility. Castellum is building purely on speculation and is looking for tenants for the facility. Its new facility will have a total floor space of 26,000 square metres, will be environmentally certified, and will be constructed with rooftop solar panels in mind.

It marks the first phase in Castellum’s investment at the Port of Gothenburg Logistics Park. Currently under development, the Port of Gothenburg Logistics Park is located just 10 minutes from the quayside. Of the 127,000 square metres of land, around 60,000 are currently slated for construction.

Apart from Gothenburg Port Authority – which owns the largest parcel of land – Bockasj?, Eklandia, NCC and Prologis are also developing properties in the park. Around half of the one million square metres of land will be transformed into warehousing space. Stefan Vilhelmsson,Lletting Manager for Castellum said: “This is a prime location beside the largest port in Scandinavia and we are confident about building without having a tenant lined up.

“We are constructing an adaptable, ultramodern logistics facility that can be divided into smaller units, ranging from 6,000 square metres upwards.

Our offer is flexible and there’s the opportunity to adapt the space based on the needs of each tenant.”

Technical Paper: Smart Port Logistics[1]

Carriers, Containers, Ports[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Technical Paper: Smart Port Logistics (www.porttechnology.org)
  2. ^ Carriers (www.porttechnology.org)
  3. ^ Containers (www.porttechnology.org)
  4. ^ Ports (www.porttechnology.org)