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Maersk and IBM anticipate the platform blockchain TradeLens

Within year-end will be available on the market

The under way collaboration at the beginning of this year from shipowning group Danish A.P. Møller-Mærsk and from the computer science company IBM with the scope to develop applications for the introduction of the technology blockchain in the field of the logistics and the marine transports has led in the today's presentation of the TradeLens platform, whose realization - the two partner has announced - has involved 94 organizations actively.

The two companies have explained that TradeLens as a basis uses the technology Blockchain commercial IBM of a supply chain digital that more partner allows than to collaborate establishing an only shared vision of a transaction without to compromise details, privacy or confidentiality. Maersk and IBM have emphasized that through the platform, that are open and neutral, the loaders, the harbour and terminalistici companies of navigation, shippers, operators, the terrestrial transports and the customs authorities they can interact in more efficient way through the access in real time to the data and documents of the shipment, comprised the IoT data and the data, coming from sensors, that they go from the control of the temperature to the weight of the container.

To the development of the platform they have participated more than twenty harbour and terminalistici operators, between which - besides terminalista society APM Terminals of the Danish shipowning group - PSA, International Container Services Inc. Terminal (ICTSI), Patrick Terminals, Modern Terminals, the ports of Halifax Regional Municipality, Rotterdam and Bilbao, PortConnect, PortBase and Holt Logistics. Al project GDP) of Singapore has joined also the company of navigation Pacific International Lines (, that it has placed side by side the two companies Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd of group A.P. Møller-Mærsk, the customs authorities of Saudi Arabia, customs Australia, Holland, Peru and Singapore and the broker Ransa and Güler & Dinamik. Moreover, between the shipment societies, of transport and logistics that participate to the initiative, they figure Agility, CEVA Logistics, DAMCO, Kotahi, PLH Trucking Company, Ancotrans and WorldWide Alliance. Between the Beneficial Cargo Owner (BCO) that they participate to the project are Torre Blanca/Camposol and Umit Bisiklet.

Maersk and IBM have specified that up to now the data of beyond 154 million shipments are dealt through the platform and that these grindstones of data is growing to the rhythm of a million to the day. "We consider - Bridget van Kralingen has explained, vice president senior of Global IBM Industries - than the blockchain can carry out an important role in the digitalisation of the total marine transport, an area of the total economy that enlivens four billions of dollars of assets every year. However the success of the technology is based on an only factor: to around reunite the entire ecosystem to a common approach of which the participants benefit in egual way all. Our job with Maersk and the other companies of the ecosystem of the shipping - it has emphasized van Kralingen - has demonstrated that the blockchain it can be used in order to constitute a strong and connected net in which all the members they benefit sharing given important and that together we can transform a vital part of the way in which the world-wide exchanges they are carried out".

Currently the TradeLens platform is in phase "beta", but Maersk and IBM preview that within the end of this year he will be available on the market.

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