5 ocean carriers ask FMC to include liner info in US container trades


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16 Nov 2010

us_federal_maritime_comission_logo3.pngFive ocean carriers have asked the US Federal Maritime Commission to bring a liner carrier information gathering and dissemination organization to the US container trades

Eric Johnson of American Shipper said that Maersk Line, CMA CGM,
Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg Sud, and United Arab Shipping Co. were the
original signatories to a U.K.-registered company called World Liner
Data, which has sprung forth from the now-defunct European Liner
Affairs Association.

Where the primary purpose of the ELAA was to lobby on behalf of the
liner carrier industry in Europe, the new company is applying to the
FMC to “gather, compile, aggregate, exchange and disseminate demand and
supply forecasts, a volume database and a price index relating to
trades worldwide,” according to an Oct. 27 Federal Register notice.

Seven additional lines – OOCL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Turkon, the
Shipping Corp. of India, ANL, Independent Container Line, Mediterranean
Shipping Co., and CCNI – have also signed on to invest in World Liner
Data, according to Rod Riseborough, chief executive officer of
Container Trades Statistics, the first organization to emerge from the
liquidation of the ELAA this year.

“At present we have 12 signatories and are in discussion with most
lines to become members,” said Riseborough, former CEO of the Far
Eastern Freight Conference, which was disbanded in 2008 when the
European Commission banned liner conferences in trades to and from

“The ELAA’s database has been hived off to WLD (World Liner Data),
which owns the database, the aggregated data and the intellectual
property rights,” Riseborough told American Shipper.

“CTS has been sold to the staff, and is now an independent company,
which has a contract with WLD to manage the database, sales of data,
and to act as managing agents for WLD.”

The application with the FMC is significant in that signals CTS’s
intention to examine and index trades beyond those connected to Europe.

“The data will be provided by the members of WLD, and will be made
available to those members,” Riseborough said. “We will collect
whatever data is available on non-members and produce estimated total
trade volumes for WLD members.”

It’s also been reported that some lines might join the WLD as
“non-members” receiving more limited data but also divulging less data.

CMA CGM confirmed to American Shipper that World Liner Data is being
established to manage the data collected by Container Trades

Source: EHL

Sources:  www.Shipid.com

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