…We are pleased to announce the release of the updated Operational Vessel Schedule standard and the new Commercial Schedules standard. Both aimed at accelerating the shipping industry’s transition towards more efficient, digitally intelligent business processes.
AMSTERDAM - DCSA has published the final version of the Operational Vessel Schedules (OVS) 3.0 standards and the beta version of Commercial Schedules (CS) 1.0 standards.
The final version of OVS 3.0 supports and brings stability for parties that either implemented OVS 3.0 during its beta phase or have OVS 3.0 implementation in their roadmap – including carriers, feeders, terminals, and solution providers. The standards are intended to be implemented by vessel operators and their operational partners to enable the automatic sharing of schedules and exception-related information.
DCSA’s OVS standards cover the following aspects of vessel schedules for interregional, intraregional, and feeder services:
The Universal Service, Voyage, and Port Call References provide a way for carriers to standardise how they refer to services using a common naming convention that follows a set pattern.
The standard includes the following updates:
No new data attributes have been added to the standard and the main structure is unchanged from the Beta version in the OVS 3.0 API. Specific technical improvements can be reviewed on GitHub. The development of OVS 3.1 is currently underway and will include a subscription mechanism with no breaking changes, ensuring parties implementing 3.0 will be able to seamlessly move to 3.1 if they choose to.
The beta version of Commercial Schedules 1.0 expands the scope of OVS application by providing BCOs, LSPs and platforms with 3 alternative methods for accessing schedules from carriers. The aim is to ensure that the end-user experience remains consistent across all industry participants:
All three alternatives will be initially available under the same API. After the beta period – and once they achieve maturity – each alternative is expected to become a standalone API.
DCSA Standards for Commercial Schedules 1.0 Beta 1 are now open to public review. Interested parties can direct questions or comments on the standards, to http://www.dcsa.org/feedback.
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