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Information exchange and block chains in short sea maritime supply chains


Hvolby, HH and Steger-Jensen, K and Bech, A and Vestergaard, S and Svensson, C and Neagoe, M, Information exchange and block chains in short sea maritime supply chains, Procedia Computer Science, 181 pp. 722-729. ISSN 1877-0509 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.procs.2021.01.224


This paper describes the challenges of the maritime supply chain compared to land transport and discusses the new digital initiatives to simplify the processes and enable a better plan for the entire supply chain. First, the background is outlined with an example of the extensive admin processes in maritime transport compared to road transport, followed by a case example presenting the processes of a booking. The case study concludes that the lack of integration is costly in terms of both admin resources, as well as lost capacity on some ships and missing capacity on others. Finally, the evolution of new digital initiatives are discussed, both in general and in terms of competing "alliances" as seen in the airline industry. The paper concludes that the information exchange in the maritime industry has moved drastically in the last 3 years and that one initiative, TradeLens, seems to have gained a position as maritime standard despite a problematic start with many competing initiatives.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:maritime supply chains, short sea shipping, information exchange, blockchain, transport, ICT
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Information systems organisation and management
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems
UTAS Author:Neagoe, M (Mr Mihai Neagoe)
ID Code:149918
Year Published:2022 (online first 2021)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2022-04-28
Last Modified:2023-01-09
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