As part of the DCSA JIT (just-in-time) Port Call Programme, DCSA and its member carriers have published port call data definitions for the global container shipping industry. These definitions will allow carriers, ports and terminals to exchange port call event data in a uniform way, enabling digital planning and operational optimisation.

By moving container shipping towards a JIT (Just-in-Time) port call process, DCSA port call standards will enable container ships to optimise their steaming speed, thereby lowering fuel consumption and reducing CO2 emissions. DCSA port call data definitions align with ITPCO and IMO JIT Arrival Guide standards.

Interface standards with API definitions for the first 18 timestamps defined in the data definitions have also been published. These enable automated data exchange between carriers, ports and terminals for the five main phases involved in any port call:

1. Berth arrival planning
2. Pilot boarding place (PBP) arrival planning
3. PBP and Berth arrival execution & Start cargo operations
4. Cargo completion & Port departure planning
5. Berth departure execution

The DCSA JIT Port Call Programme will ultimately include more than 50 event timestamps, providing a complete framework for all activities involved in the five main port call phases. DCSA will release an information model, interface standards and API definitions for the remaining event timestamps in the coming quarters. All API definitions are available to download for free from SwaggerHub and reference implementations are posted to GitHub.

Download the JIT Port Call Data Definitions publication below to take the first step in establishing a digital, global, transparent, just-in-time port call ecosystem.