• DATVF.ATLPHL
    1.795
    -0.005
    -0.3%
  • DATVF.CHIATL
    1.738
    0.070
    4.2%
  • DATVF.DALLAX
    1.102
    0.028
    2.6%
  • DATVF.LAXDAL
    1.495
    -0.012
    -0.8%
  • DATVF.SEALAX
    0.835
    0.053
    6.8%
  • DATVF.PHLCHI
    0.975
    0.049
    5.3%
  • DATVF.LAXSEA
    2.250
    0.072
    3.3%
  • DATVF.VEU
    1.503
    0.038
    2.6%
  • DATVF.VNU
    1.448
    0.036
    2.5%
  • DATVF.VSU
    1.299
    0.009
    0.7%
  • DATVF.VWU
    1.542
    0.062
    4.2%
  • ITVI.USA
    10,149.240
    -70.640
    -0.7%
  • OTRI.USA
    3.780
    -0.080
    -2.1%
  • OTVI.USA
    10,139.180
    -75.530
    -0.7%
  • TLT.USA
    2.500
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    151.000
    5.000
    3.4%
  • DATVF.ATLPHL
    1.795
    -0.005
    -0.3%
  • DATVF.CHIATL
    1.738
    0.070
    4.2%
  • DATVF.DALLAX
    1.102
    0.028
    2.6%
  • DATVF.LAXDAL
    1.495
    -0.012
    -0.8%
  • DATVF.SEALAX
    0.835
    0.053
    6.8%
  • DATVF.PHLCHI
    0.975
    0.049
    5.3%
  • DATVF.LAXSEA
    2.250
    0.072
    3.3%
  • DATVF.VEU
    1.503
    0.038
    2.6%
  • DATVF.VNU
    1.448
    0.036
    2.5%
  • DATVF.VSU
    1.299
    0.009
    0.7%
  • DATVF.VWU
    1.542
    0.062
    4.2%
  • ITVI.USA
    10,149.240
    -70.640
    -0.7%
  • OTRI.USA
    3.780
    -0.080
    -2.1%
  • OTVI.USA
    10,139.180
    -75.530
    -0.7%
  • TLT.USA
    2.500
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    151.000
    5.000
    3.4%
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Port report: Support for blockchain platform

Shipping lines and ports operators have committed to help establish the Global Shipping Business Network.

   Four of the largest shipping lines and five ports operators have committed to support a blockchain development platform for the shipping industry.
   Hong Kong-based startup CargoSmart said the agreement with CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping Lines (HKEX: 1919), Orient Overseas Container Line (HKEX: 316), Hapag-Lloyd (FSE: HLAG), along with Cosco Shipping Ports, Hutchison Ports, Port of Qingdao, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group will help establish the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN).
   Under the deal, each company said it will work toward obtaining the regulatory, competition and antitrust approvals for establishing the GSBN. Once it is set up, the GSBN participants plan to “work collaboratively to accelerate technology innovation and develop solutions through trusted and secure data exchange platforms.”
   The not-for-profit joint venture will allow shipping and port operators to work together on software and other services that leverage artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and blockchain. GSBN said it “will provide shipment visibility and transparency through a trusted data source.”
   The GSBN efforts to help establish a blockchain group comes as a number of technology startups address the maritime industry. The world’s largest shipping line, Maersk (Nasdaq OMX: MAER.B), also has established a blockchain collaboration platform, TradeLens, along with IBM (NYSE: IBM).
   The GSBN said the signatories will establish strong data management and governance frameworks, including the principle that participants should retain control over their data being shared through the GSBN.
   Upon its establishment, it is envisioned that in addition to establishing a data governance framework, once it is formed the GSBN also will consider and lead the development of a road map of use cases, application programming interfaces and applications.
   GSBN said it expects to receive antitrust, competition and regulatory approvals by 2020. CargoSmart plans to start developing and running programs on the GSBN to test its viability.
   “Once it is established, the GSBN will work, with its joint venture structure and strong carrier and terminal participation, to increase efficiency in cross-network operation for the benefit of the various stakeholders in our industry,” said Martin Gnass, managing director for information technology at Hapag-Lloyd.

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Michael Angell, Bulk and Intermodal Editor

Michael Angell covers maritime, intermodal and related topics for FreightWaves. His interest in transportation stretches back several generations. One great-grandfather was a dray horseman along the New York waterfront and another was a railway engineer in Texas. More recently, Michael has written about the shipping industry for TradeWinds, energy markets for Oil Price Information Service, and general business topics for FactSet Mergerstat and Investor's Business Daily. When he is not stuck in the office, he enjoys tours of ports, terminals, and railyards.

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