Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), a neutral, non-profit group established to further digitalisation of container shipping technology standards, in conjunction with its nine-member carriers, today published standards for the exchange of operational vessel schedules (OVS).
Rapid developments in the technological space has brought about several benefits globally to many industries..
The world of shipping is no different and in the last decade there has been several advancements in this area although some parts of the industry still remains fragmented and lacking standards in how the business is conducted..
Cyber technologies have become essential and critical not just to the operation and management of numerous systems and processes on board ships but also for the safety, security and protection of the ship, the crew, the cargo, and the marine environment..
These technologies have integrated IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) on board ships through networking and connectivity to the internet..
The access, connectivity and networking of these systems has however led to cyber security threats and risks..
A Standard may be defined as a repeatable, documented and harmonized method of doing something, whether it relates to the manufacturing of an item or managing a process, quality of material etc..
Standards contain technical and documentary specifications or other information required to be used consistently as a rule, guideline, or definition..
Shipping is an industry that is currently deep in the process of digital innovation and enabling.. Several digital initiatives are being driven simultaneously by several groupings within the industry..
One thing that has been missing is the STANDARDS for all these digital services, but it seems that is also being addressed and Digital Standards are on the way..