SHIPPING company MSC says it is “proud” to join the Smart Maritime Network, an industry group aimed at increasing the compatibility, standardisation and harmonisation of the technology used in modern shipping.

In a statement, MSC said new technology solutions only would be “fit for purpose” if they could be operated across multiple carriers, service providers and geographies.

“We are pleased to join and support Smart Maritime Network, a platform to further promote and accelerate digital transformation across the shipping and transport logistics sectors,” said MSC chief digital and information officer André Simha.

“Collaborating with other members to solve key industry challenges is of paramount importance to MSC and there is no doubt that this network opens up new opportunities for these efforts to become a reality, shaping the future of our industry.”

Smart Maritime Network was launched in 2019 with the aim of providing a platform to promote the benefits of enhanced integration, standardisation and data sharing in the maritime and transport logistics sectors.

The network creates a collaborative environment for key influencers in the space to inform and educate the industry on technological developments and innovations.

“Smart Maritime Network is delighted to welcome MSC as a new member,” said Rob O’Dwyer, chief network officer at Smart Maritime Network.

“As a company at the forefront of leading transformation and innovation, their role as both a user and driver of digital technologies will provide valuable insights and input to the discussions and ongoing projects.”

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