Kale Logistics Solutions (Kale) and the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) have published a joint white paper to advance the adoption of the Maritime Single Window (MSW) concept ahead of the January 2024 mandate of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). for digital data exchange.
Kale’s MSW is a platform that enables information and documentation to be electronically transmitted between shipping and port stakeholders in accordance with IMO standards.
The white paper establishes usage guidelines for MSW and a framework for the full lifecycle of the solution to accelerate digital maturity in global maritime operations.
“Some uncertainty remains about the need and challenges related to Maritime Single Window,” said Suneet Gupta, Global Head – Cargo Community Systems, Kale Logistics Solutions.
“This white paper plays an important role in clarifying the ambiguity surrounding technology adoption and how MSW can seamlessly facilitate trade for the global maritime ecosystem.”
A digitized five-step Maritime Single Window process flow defined in the report begins with the shipowner/agent sending the arrival report, followed by the shipping company sending ship and cargo information to the port.
An import manifest file can then be created and integrated into the customs system online, IMO standard FAL forms and certificates can be uploaded and ship arrival clearance can be issued to the shipowner.
In the last step, the shipowner can obtain and receive the release for departure digitally.
The complete system allows MSW stakeholders to monitor a vessel’s status in real-time, ensuring information only needs to be entered once, and simplifies documentation procedures between all stakeholders involved in maritime operations.
Other benefits include improved crew and cargo security, uninterrupted global supply chains and data harmonization, and combatting illicit trade and ship-shore interface misconduct.
“Maritime Single Window will be the future of maritime trade and now the whole world is looking forward to January 1, 2024 when it becomes a mandatory standard,” said Nico De Cauwer, Lead of Standards & Technology at IPCSA.
“The white paper emphasizes the tremendous benefits to be gained from contactless and paperless operations, which began during the pandemic and have therefore become a major talking point.”
Amendments to the Facilitation Agreement (FAL) by the Facilitation Committee of the IMO will result in the single window for data exchange becoming mandatory in ports around the world from January 1, 2024, marking a significant step in accelerating digitization in shipping.
“Kale is a pioneer in providing IT solutions and hopes to advance improvements in port efficiency, sustainability and more,” said Vineet Malhotra, co-founder and director of Kale Logistics Solutions.
“As MSW has become the number one talking point in the world of maritime trade, stakeholders have found a gap in the guidance and this white paper addresses that gap.”
The pair’s white paper, already discussed at the recent maritime symposium hosted by IMO, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) and the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), is scheduled to be presented at the forthcoming FAL Committee meeting in the To be discussed further later this year .
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