MSC has become the latest container shipping carrier to register its global container fleet on Bureau International des Containers’ (BIC) BoxTech Global Container Database.
As a result, the technical details of more than 10M containers, approximately 40% of the global container fleet, are now available to database users, which include shippers, forwarders, terminals and software solution providers.
The MSC fleet upload occurs as BoxTech, the non-profit global container database operated by BIC, approaches its two-year anniversary. MSC joins other global carriers, such as CMA CGM and Maersk Line in adopting the BoxTech solution in their businesses.
“Transparency and easy, standardised data access are vital to many of the digitalisation efforts underway in the shipping industry,” said MSC chief information officer André Simha. “MSC therefore fully supports the BoxTech Global Container Database and we are delighted to upload our global fleet details to help expand this neutral, non-profit platform. It has tremendous potential to help drive efficiencies in many areas.”
BIC secretary general Douglas Owen said “The industry has changed in recent years as carriers look increasingly to technology and the use of data to drive efficiencies. Although sharing data is something that has come slowly in our industry, we have seen unprecedented co-operation over the past two years and a new openness to the use of common platforms.”
Launched in July 2016, there are now more than 1,500 BoxTech users who use the central data repository to efficiently obtain technical container details, such as tare weight, size and type, as well as using more recently added functions such as verifying ownership status and posting recovery alerts.