Next meeting #74

To be advise


Who should attend?

We invite all SMDG members or porspective 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 

to join our meetings, trainings and association on SMDG/ UNEDIFACT and

  • Share,
  • Learn,
  • Train,
  • Teach,
  • Improve
  • Standardise

their own companies efficiency in IT trade and operational communication with:

  • internal collegue and departements (operation, finance, marine, commercial, documentation, IT...) and,
  • external partners (clients, vessels, terminals, carriers, customs, port authorities, IT companies...)

for the benefit of a sustainable and efficient maritime industry.

Meeting Registration 

Please send your request for registration as per follow to

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

Please state:

  • Name of company
  • Name of person(s)
  • Job Title
  • Phone
  • E-mail
  • Member Yes/No
  • Need of invitation letter for Visa
  • Boat tour - Network Event participation
  • Hotel accommodation request: please indicate date and means of arrivals and departure
  • Days participations
  • Subjects of interest:
    • MIG-DMR- Process/ Best Practices/ recommendations – Codes
    • Baplie/ Movis- Container Messages (COPRAR-CPARN-COARRI-CODECO-…) - TPFREP-IFTSAI-IFTMBF-RORO-CONRO – Std Ship Profile
    • Webservices-Blockchain-
  • Conference fees is free for members - Upon request for non members
Sub- Group Subject Chairman Company   Objectives
Intercompany Communication  Julien Vangeon CMA-CGM   validation of main communication recommendation ( coprar- TPFREP - IFTMBF..)
SMDG Edifact Best Practice with e. g. Reporting reefer and DG temperatures and ranges,        Reporting weights in BAPLIE e.g. MEA+VGM and MEA+WT
or contract wording recommendation between partners
Stefano Ottonello MSC                     DG communication between partners IFTMBF
Arthur Touzot SMDG   validation portal integration roadmap
BAPLIE and MOVINS Jost Müller German consultant   support and maintenance for all versions of Edifact messages BAPLIE and MOVINS ; 
    review and realization of requests for additional features ;
    current project: MOVINS version 3.0
Code Lists  Jasmin Droenner Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg GmbH                       report on latest work, recommendation #16, role of National Focal Points, best practices Terminal codes Vs Unloc) 
Container Messages Paul Wauters PSA Antwerp                 Updates onstatus - Coprar best practices - TBN
TPFREP Michael Schroeder Hapag Lloyd AG                     all changes approved by SMDG and new codes published by UN/CEFACT, new MIG version needs to be developed by SMDG
 IFTSAI  Michael Schroeder Hapag Lloyd AG                 new codes published by UN/CEFACT, MIG needs to be developed by SMDG
IFTMBF       Standardisation of requests for: Transshipment, fumigated, operating reefers, SAPT, link between IFTMBC requests, CtrIso Code 
Michael Schroeder Hapag Lloyd AG
M&R Stefano Ottonello MSC / MSC LENAVI              Messages DESTIM and WESTIM are outdated and need redesign.
To cover all processes between carrier and repair shop: Esatimate, Rework, Order, Confirmation
ConRo and RoRo Stefano Ottonello MSC / MSC LENAVI            Adaptation of SMDGs formats to ConRO, RORO operations
Vessel Profile std files                         standardisation of vessel profiles between plannings systems/ terminal/ on board/ carriers
Web Service Work Group Tamme Bohlen Ind Consultant   Standards for interface description and for technical specification, development of first pilots
Raymond Schraff Hyland Software, LLC., Westlake, OH
Blockchain management Reiner Beeckman

CGI  TBC                    Standards for interface description and for technical specification, development of first pilots
Work on process management and cross practical applications


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.

SMDG body is there to create and maintain those efficient standards associating standardisation, technology, process and effciency for the maritime Industry under ITIGG and UNCEFACT umbrella