Next meeting # 72 (Hamburg)

The 72th SMDG Meeting will be hosted from 09-10-11 october 2018 in Hamburg hostedby Hapag Lloyd

We invite all members or perspetive members, from

  • Business expert, EDI managers, IT managers...
  • Europe, Asia, Middle East, Oceania, Africa and the Americas....
  • Stakeholders such as: 
    • Carriers, ( MSK, MSC, CMA, COSCO, HLL, ONE, EVA, YANG MING, ZIM, PIL, WANG HAI....UNIFEEDER, NILE Dutch, SIMATECH...) and assicated ship owners ( NSB, Peter Dohle, Navios...)
    • IT Providers (IBM, SAP, GTNEXUS, INTTRA, NAVIS, TSB, TGI, SOLVO, XVELA, COSMOS, Hyland, Cyberlogitec,KOKUMATION, GEFEG, EXIS, Solvermind ....)
    • Port Authority and represenatives ( Rotterdam, le havre, DAKOSY, asian, middle east, african, european and american port authorities ......)
    • Associations representatives ( PROTECT, IPCSA, ITTIG, BIC, ICHCA...),
    • Consultant, ( Container-logic, Atseaconsulting, Port economics.. ) other linked association memebers such as PROTECT, IPCSA and linked to the Maritime Industry on data exchange and business procvess 

You can register for the next meeting by e-mail to the SMDG secretariat.( 

Please indicate the following in your application:

1/ Name/ Surname
2/ Company represented
3/ Actual member or not
4/ Attendance to days: Sub group/ plenary/ intercompany process and web services
5/ Visa needed or not
6/ If a visa is needed, please add a scan of your passport for the invitation letter/ beware that schengen Visa can take up to 3 weeks

Venue is 

Address of the Venue  is


and conference fees is free for members - upon request for non members

Tuesday         09 October 2018 opening session and Subgroup meeting including process for each subjects
Wednesday    10 October 2018 Subgroup meeting including process for each subjects
Thursday        11 October 2018 Plenary

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Network event on wednesday 10 sponsorised by 






Food for thoughts on standardisation, technology and associated effciency 

Lloyd's List - uk Online

Blockchain is ‘a money-burning disaster’

James Baker

Container shipping needs a body like the airlines’ IATA in order to establish standards for digitalisation, says Hapag-Lloyd’s Rolf Habben Jansen
Lack of industry-wide standards means moves to digitalise are fragmented blockchain cropped Blockchain's sceptics fear its advocates are acting out of self-interest to make themselves costly
intermediaries on platforms they own and may end up ripping off the blockchain's users.

BLOCKCHAIN is a “disaster” that lacks industry standardisation, and will “burn money and gain nothing”, according to Hapag-Lloyd chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen. 

Mr Habben Jansen, speaking at the Global Liner Shipping conference in Hamburg, said there was merit to an industry collaboration on blockchain,
but industry efforts to develop the technology for container shipping were too insular atthe present time.
“Everyone is setting their own standards and agenda,” Mr Habben Jansen said.

While the proposed collaboration between Maersk and IBM could be good for the industry from a technology perspective, there was no industry-wide governance.
“What is the governance for an industry-wide platform?” he said. “It cannot just be one company saying, ‘I have an industry platform, but I control it.
’”Nevertheless, he said there was some merit in an industry-wide collaboration on digitalisation and blockchain.

“Collaboration can help in some areas but regulatory issues make it difficult,” he said. “There is some merit in industryplatforms on blockchain, for example.”
Airline body IATA was a good example of how an industry-wide body could help with standards and make an industrymore efficient.
“That is very much missing in liner shipping,” Mr Habben Jansen said. “We encourage colleagues to do more in that area.”
Consolidation in the sector should also make it easier to collaborate, if the top six or seven carriers could get traction with shippers.
“It would help facilitate and enable global trade and not be anti-competitive,” Mr Habben Jansen said. “Our firm view is that it will happen in a truly collaborative manner if it can get critical mass.”
Mr Habben Jansen was speaking the day after HSBC said it carried out the world’s first trade finance transaction using a single blockchain platform, involving a shipment of soyabeans transported from Argentina to Malaysia.


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