PortCDM Council set up to improve port call operations

In a move initiated by the STM Validation Project, leading governmental and non-governmental maritime organisations will meet on 29th March 2017 to establish the international PortCDM (Port CollaborativeDecision Making) Council.

The council has been set up as an offshoot of the strategy issued by IMO for 2017, Connecting Ships and Ports. 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 PortCDM a successful international concept to improve maritime transport as it relates to port operations and ports interaction with ships.

The PortCDM concept is implementing processes and procedures as well as the technical infrastructure for the stakeholders at a given port to synchronised approaches and fast turn-around times for visiting vessels by standardised, safe and secure communication in real-time. Information on intentions of 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 between the different actors in a port call improves their situational awareness and planning.

Given that port operations may differ vastly between 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 in the centre of the action. It is essential that a common framework is defined, which allows for greatest customisation to meet each port’s specific needs, and provides enough standardisation that ships can move from port to port and best utilise the different implementations 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 released building on the necessity to maintain 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 will meet virtually on 29th March from 14:30 to 16:30 CET, for an inauguration meeting for the PortCDM Council and to define the next steps in order to fully establish the Council.

Initially, Mikael Lind will chair the council and Michael Bergmann will act as Secretary. Confirmed participants of the inauguration meeting include organisations recognised as IGOs and NGOs by IMO, shipping organisations and ports as well as industrywide recognised experts in the affected maritime domain.

Seats have also been reserved for major ports on the different continents in the world, with appurtenant member state representation, as well for major shipping lines to get an international reach.