It is essential for the vessel operator to forecast the estimated number of container moves (load and discharge) in order to estimate the required terminal equipment and time of stay when call a port.
As such, the vessel operator relies on receiving timely and accurate information from partners about the volume of containers they intend to load within their allocation and how the contents need to be stowed.
To meet this need DCSA has released Load List and Bay Plan Definitions, which puts forth standards and timelines for communication of container volumes and stowage details between VSA (vessel sharing agreement) partners, terminals and ports.
DCSA consulted four of the world’s largest terminal operators in setting up the definition. Further they encourage other terminal operators to come up with their feedback to finalise the definitions.
Adoption of DCSA Load List and Bay Plan Definitions will maximise the efficiency of cargo operations and enable better planning of related shipping activities.
This is the first in a series of standards releases from DCSA that specifically address cargo operations. Subsequent standards will expand to topics such as empty handling and dangerous goods.
Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) is a non profit organisation set by Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Evergreen, Yang Ming, HMM and ZIM.
The Load List and Bay Plan Definitions set up could find here