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International PortCDM Council established to support standardized message sharing in port call operations

Published: March 27, 2017

Building on the strategy issued by IMO for 2017 - connecting Ships and Ports - the STM validation project is proud to announce the establishment of an international PortCDM Council. Highly inspired by the airport CDM Council, the PortCDM Council with its global reach, aims to establish the necessary overarching guidelines, processes and procedures to make STM and its PortCDM a successful international concept to improve maritime transport in terms of port operations and ports interaction with ships.

The PortCDM (Port Collaborative Decision Making) concept is implementing processes and procedures as well as the technical infrastructure for stakeholders at a given port using synchronized approaches and fast turn-around times for visiting vessels by standardized, safe, and secure communication in real-time. Information on intended future actions, as well as information about completed actions shared by involved port call actors, is the basis for enhanced coordination among them, resulting in efficient just-in-time operations. Data sharing among the various actors involved in a port call improves their situational awareness and planning.

Given that port operations may differ vastly among individual ports, the focus of PortCDM is locally driven. It should be developed with local stakeholders. However, ports are hubs within the international maritime trade context and cannot be looked at separately, especially once you put the ship at the centre of the action. It is essential that a common framework is defined, which allows for maximum customization to meet each port’s specific needs, and provides sufficient standardization to permit ships to move from port to port and best utilize the different applications of PortCDM.

The STM concept is based on standards and services with open interfaces. The concept will develop over time and this process needs to be governed. The PortCDM Council is the first governance body to realise the necessity of maintaining standards to provide trust for future-proof solutions to different service providers and users within the maritime ecosystem.

Initiated by RISE Viktoria, ports and shipping stakeholders took part in the inauguration PortCDM Council-meeting on March 29. Participants were organizations recognized as IGOs and NGOs by IMO, shipping organizations and ports as well as industry wide recognized experts in the related maritime domain. Seats have also been reserved for major ports on continents worldwide, with appurtenant member state representation, as well to enable major shipping lines to gain an international reach. Initially Mikael Lind will chair the Council and Michael Bergmann will act as Secretary.

Interested parties are invited to get in touch with either of the two contacts below for more details.

Mikael Lind mikael.lind[a]ri.se
Michael Bergmann michael.bergmann[a]ri.se

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