DCSA port call data standards and API published

The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) reports that it has now published interface standards and messaging API (application programming interface) specifications for all 50 event timestamps defined in its port call data definitions.

The data definitions address the six main components of a port call: Berth arrival planning; Pilot boarding place arrival and service planning; Pilot boarding place and berth arrival execution; Start cargo operations and services; Services and port departure planning; and Port departure execution.

The interface standards aim to allow carriers, ports and other stakeholders involved in a port call to exchange event data in a uniform way, enabling automated data exchange. This framework of Just-in-Time Port Call standards builds on the 2020 publication of DCSA’s Standards for Operational Vessel Schedules, used to support automatic sharing of schedule information between vessel operators and their partners.

To provide a global industry framework that preserves investments, DCSA says that it collaborated with the International Taskforce Port Call Optimization and IMO to align port call data definitions to existing standards. The standards are now being tested by carriers, ports and terminal operators at multiple ports around the world to ensure they address the needs of stakeholders, including the Port of Hamburg.

“Achieving just-in-time port calls requires accurate, real-time communication between carriers, ports and terminals,” said Phanthian Zuesongdham, Head of Division, Port Process Solution, at Hamburg Port Authority.

“DCSA digital standards are key to enabling this level of communication on a global scale. We are excited to be part of this effort to test the efficacy of their standards for optimising a very important container shipping process.”

“As Germany’s leading transhipment hub, this collaboration is another example of our ongoing effort to maintain and extend our leadership position by adopting state-of the-art technologies and fostering innovation for our business and the industry at large.”

All API definitions are available to download for free from SwaggerHub, and reference implementations are posted to GitHub. DCSA Port Call Data Definitions can be freely downloaded from the DCSA website.

DCSA’s member carriers include:  MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Evergreen, Yang Ming, HMM and ZIM.

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