Standardisation of D2D stakeholder information exchange messages

Standardisation of D2D Information Flows

D Morgan ILS

The aim of this study is to provide an overview of the existing information flow and information exchange processes employed between stakeholders in the D2D maritime sector and the likely future trends as a result of the requirement for more efficient information management and increased integration and interoperability between information systems being promoted by EU policies and legislation.
An overview of the information flow in the maritime sector is provided with specific reference to:

1.  Existing information systems and likely future trends
2.  Current state of use of electronic messaging and information exchange in maritime based D2D chains
3.  Developments on standardised messages based on XML technology
4.  Standardisation initiatives (IMO, ISO, etc)
The EU Initiatives put in place to ensure the future of maritime transport, such as e-Freight, e-Customs, e-Navigation and in particular, the over-riding e-Maritime Initiative, will facilitate the change to the use of ICT, and integrated electronic information management and exchange that is required to ensure the future of European and international D2D transport networks. Both the EU’s e-Navigation and e-Maritime Initiatives and the IMO promote the concept of a single window approach for common reporting and ease of access to information in order to reduce the manual paperwork which reduces potential errors.
The move to overall information management, integrated information systems and electronic information exchange will bring with it the need for investment by all stakeholders involved in the D2D chain in terms of enabling technologies, updating of legacy systems; an equally important requirement will be investment in suitable training courses which will be required to ensure the efficient use of the new systems and the processing and handling of electronic information.