DCSA releases just-in-time port call standards and API specs

The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) has released interface standards and messaging API (application programming interface) specifications for the first 18 event timestamps defined in its JIT (Just in Time) port call data definitions, to facilitate implementation of the standards by third party users.

DCSA’s Port Call Data Definitions can be freely downloaded from its website, providing a framework for carriers, ports and terminals to exchange event data in a uniform way for digital planning and operational optimisation.

The interface standards within the JIT programme support automated data exchange between carriers, ports and terminals to cover the main phases involved in any port call, including berth arrival planning, pilot boarding planning, cargo operations and berth departure execution.

Use of the standards is currently being tested by carriers and terminal operators at two ports, DCSA notes, to provide feedback for further improvements as needed.

This is the second publication of the DCSA JIT Port Call Programme, which is ultimately expected to include more than 50 event timestamps, providing a framework for all major activities involved in port calls.

The Association says it will release an information model, interface standards and API definitions for the remaining event timestamps in the coming quarters. All API definitions are available to download for free from SwaggerHub and reference implementations are posted to GitHub.

DCSA’s open-source standards are developed based on input from member carriers, including MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Evergreen, Yang Ming, HMM and ZIM.

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