Meeting # 69 (Genoa)

The 69th SMDG Meeting has been hosted from 14-16 March 2017 in Genoa/ Italia by MSC/LENAVI

SMDG would like to thank MSC/LENAVI Dott. Franco Zuccarino  (CEO&President)  and Mr Stefano Ottonelo for their wonderful venue and organisation in Genoa

SMDG would like to thank Rohit Oberoi and SolverMind for the sponsoring of the subgroup meeting diner

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Minutes meeting docs updated 08/08/2017

Proceedings from meeting

Final agenda

1/ PLENARY SESSION 15/03/2017 :

  • Welcome Presentation MSC

69° SMDG – MSC genoa.pdf

  • 1.    UPDATES OF SMDG STATUS/ High level                             

SMDG New status genoa- st petersburg meeting #69 - 70.pdf
Draft status SMDG 1901 association in english.pdf
Draft status SMDG SAS fixed capital in english.pdf
Draft status SMDG SAS variable capital in english.pdf

Executive summary: SMDG has now the opportinuty to stucture its self and insure global and sustainable state and extend EDI transmission standards
Action: Members of SMDG (historical and new) to agree on legal status and representent role, functions and budget.
Being part of SMDG has some duties for all users so every one could move forward

  • 2.    CODELIST and BIC                                                                    

 BIC_PRESENTATION_2017_15032017_to SMDG.pdf

Executive summary: BIC and SMDG are emitting terminal codes not yet following the same aligned process and standradisation norm. Those codes are becoming critical for sea and inland terninals as a unique reference is needed by the industry for the proper managent of the cargo routings and automated transmission of information
Action: Norms and lists must be reviewed and aligned between BIC and SMDG for present seaport and extended to inland terminals/ depots

  • 3.    VGM and VERMAS

Executive summary: VERMAS and VGM is well in place in format, standards
Action: we invite all members and users to check in their systems for the utilisation of the the lastest formats for accurate VGM reporting, VERMAS, BAPLIE...



Executive summary: Following Baplie 3, the same requirements of data accuracy and details are transfer on the movins to insure the proper follow up of operation along the process
Action: we recomend the industry provider to enable 3,0 and above norms for baplies and follow up on the movins

  • 5.    GEFEG/ EDI VALIDATION                                                         

Executive summary: On the request of SMDG, GEFEG prepared an interface to enable check of segments for Baplie and then Coprar.
This has been acheived to takle the need for SMDG to have a complementary mean of verification of SMDG format in addition of the usual documention historically provided
The current documentation could be subject to interpretation on some details segments as limited by the capacity of word. 
The aim is to offer a simple third party interface controled by SMDG to enable multiple partner agreements on EDI exchange
Action: SMDG once fully structured on its status and infrstructure to see with GEFEG and members the terms of application and the process of validation of such needed tools 



Executive summary:  Consolidation of VGM declaration throught EDI messages diversity is on going. APERAK evolution needed were detailled as well as the need to have a better definition for the use case of transhipment
Action: SMDG to follow up on present work and amend necessary documentation either through ITIGG directly or through amendement of present documentation (coprar fro example) to meet detail level of Baplie 3,0

  • 7.    IFTISAI

 IFTSAI SMDG Meeting Genoa 2017-03-15.pdf

Executive summary:  IFTSAI used to exchange schedule and cut off times, need to perform some enhancement in the frame of alliances and network to give more visibility to the different stake holders on cut off times, connecting vessels, co loaders..
Action: Updates MIG to be created and advertise on SMDG web site after agreements and validation. Move forward on inventory of further requirements/ use cases

  • 8.   TPFREP      

TPFREP SMDG Meeting Genoa 2017-03-15.pdf

Executive summary:  TPFREP need some further amendments and improvements to match evolution of the concern of the industry on terminal operation efficiency and velocity of invoice validations within the different stakeholders
Action: Further work on the requirements needs to be done and then transfered into a MIG to create TPFREP 4,1. target for the DMR approval is next SMDG meeting

  • 9.   All Other Business      

EIPPSAB SMDG Meeting Genoa 2017-03-15.pdf 

Executive summary: Electronic invoice presentation and payment standards advisory board has been disolved and thus the website and documentation now hosted untill end of 2017 by INTTRA woud found themselves in the open. Even if shippers are not yet represented within SMDG, invoice standardisation for the maritime trade is an important part of the EDI exchange and relevent to SMDG in its mission to provide a sustanable environment within the frame of EDI

Action: Once SMDG status is establish, such hosting could be managed properly. SMDG, PROTECT, BIC to also liase on the synergy of such activities to enable sustainable low maintenance and cost communication and update while creating visibility for each stakeholder activities and responsabilies.

  • 10.   Next meeting  

Next meeting will be hosted by SOLVO please see link to the next meeting web pages


  • 9.   State of the Industry  

 Atsea consulting _SMDG day 3.pdf

Executive summary:  The industry has had a strong integration in 2016-2017 having multiple M&As , consolidations of the major East-west trades: 2M - Ocean alliance - THE Alliance, Consolidations also in the carrier stowage systems


Executive summary VGM is well implemented now. Its application is now generalised even if there are still rooms for improvement of the follow up of the data and accuracy of data transfer: papaer base Vs EDI transmission base of certification

  • 11.    COLLABORATION and TRACKING PROCESS AND TOOLS                             


Smart Containers The Future is Now SMDG.pdf

Executive summary:  The rise of new technilogy such as the smart containers requires the gathering of new requirements and new process definition with a work group composed of all necessary stake older of the logistical chain. For the maritime transportation such group could be implementated within the SMDG as part of the work done on process during the 3rd day of the meeting sessions. 
With New process, new KPis, new EDI messages could be define to channel information over a the new reality of the follow up of the logistic chain.
Action: Subgroup to be defined and enable this important work to move forward. As for DG part, PROTECT group is to be put in the loop                                             


No items of the alliance were presented. Nevertheless, alliances are stressing the use of accurate well defined EDI, Coprar, BAPLIE, order to streamline information exchange, reduce administrative cost and enable correct follow up of the containers for multiple partners


 To be done

                   CLOUD and WEB SERVICES and API exchange    Michael,Peter

 Webservice Standardization SMDG.pdf

A new sub group has been created: Chairman: Ray and Michael, Group members, hanane, Peter, Khaled, mario, Sönke

  • 6.    COPRAR implementation Best Practice    To be done
  • 7.    EMPTIES MANAGEMENT        To be done
  • 9.    APERAK messages for receiver confirmation    To be done
  • 10.  PROMOTION OF BAPLI 3.0  To be done
  • 11.   Vessel Profiles standards exchanges and Tansta


A new sub group has been created; Chairman: Peter, members, Stefano, Mohit, khaled, Jesmond, Paul, Michael 


 Address is

MSC office at Agenzia Marittima Le Navi

Address : Via Balleydier 7 N


Holiday Inn Genoa City
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16126 GENOVA
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Tariff for the Hotel: around € 95,00 / person / day  ( the rate may be subject to change depending on number of participants )





Tuesday      14 March 2017 Subgroup meeting followed by a welcome network event
lunch sponsored by MSC LENAVI @ MSC LENAVI , 2 coffee breaks
network event at the hotel

Wednesday 15 March 2017 Plenary session followed by a diner, 2 coffee breaks and diner
lunch sponsored by MSC LENAVI @ MSC LENAVI , 2 coffee breaks
network event: Diner. Restaurant to be advised

Thursday     16 March 2017 Intercompany communications and and process review / sponsoring welcome for the lunch, 2 coffee breaks
lunch sponsored by MSC LENAVI @ MSC LENAVI , 2 coffee breaks


  SMDG Company Contact SMDG meeting 69 Subgroup SMDG meeting 69 plenary Process day 
        14/03/2017 15/03/2018 16/03/2019
1 Chairman APM Terminals Bruis van Driel yes yes yes
2 Secretary General ATSEA Consulting Arthur Touzot yes yes yes
3 Host MSC LENAVI Stefano Ottonello yes yes yes
4 Chairman VERMAS, TPFREP, IFTSAI Hapag Lloyd AG Michael Schroeder yes yes yes
5   Hapag Lloyd AG Bruno cinelli No yes yes
6 Member Rep Chairman carrier process,  CMA-CGM Frederic Hebert yes yes No
7 Chairman BAPLI and MOVINS NAVIS Interschalt Maritime Systems Gmdh-Müller+Blanck Software GmbH Jost Muller yes yes yes
8 Co Chairman Container messages HHLA Container Terminals GmbH Sönke Witt yes yes yes
9 Co Chairman SMDG/UN Codes Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg GmbH Jasmin Droenner yes yes yes
10 Member NAVIS Interschalt Maritime Systems Gmdh-Müller+Blanck Software GmbH Peter Horstkorte yes yes yes
11 Member Japan shipping representative EDI expert  Yoshi Kito yes yes yes
12 Guest BIC Giordano GUERRINI yes yes No
13 Member Unifeeder Klaus Hollaender No yes yes
14 Member Compta Emerging Business Ricardo Wagner No yes yes
15 Member Malta Freeport Terminal Ltd. Jesmond Baldacchino No yes yes
16 Member Mersin International port Cagdas Duran No yes yes
17 Member Mersin International port Burga Bilginer No yes yes
18 Member Nile Dutch Africa Line Peter van Santen No yes yes
19 Guest GEFEG mbh Vitali terentiev or Michael Dill yes yes No
20 Member Traxens  Hanane Becha No yes yes
21 Member Traxens  Philippe Salles No yes yes
22 Guest Solverminds Mohit Oberoi yes yes yes
23 Member UASC Khaled Kabbach No No yes
26 Member Kockumation Group Henrik Monberg Carlsen yes yes yes
27 Member SOLVO Liubov Grebenshchikova No yes yes
28 Member La Spezia Container Terminal Mario Scimone No yes No
29 Member Hyland Software, LLC., Westlake, OH Ramond Schraff yes yes yes
30 Guest PSA VTE Renzo Nurchi yes No yes
31 Guest PSA VTE Marco Ravaglia yes No yes
32 Guest PSA VTE Anselmo Marcenaro No yes yes
33 Guest SECH- Terminal Contenitori Porto di Genova Enrico Rossi Ferrari  No yes yes
34 Guest SEPIA Sue Probert yes yes No