Ocean carriers CMA CGM, MSC join IBM and Maersk’s blockchain digital shipping platform


Global container carriers CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) are joining TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled digital shipping platform, jointly developed by Maersk and IBM. The companies will promote TradeLens and create complementary services on top of the platform for their customers and partners, said IBM in a statement. With CMA CGM, MSC, Maersk, and other carriers committed to the platform, data for nearly half of the world’s ocean container cargo will be available on TradeLens, according to the company.

CMA CGM and MSC will operate a blockchain node, participate in consensus to validate transactions, host data, and assume the critical role of acting as Trust Anchors, or validators, for the network. CMA CGM and MSC will be on the TradeLens advisory board, which will include members across the supply chain.

TradeLens enables participants to connect, share information and collaborate across the shipping supply chain ecosystem. Members gain a comprehensive view of their data and can digitally collaborate as cargo moves around the world, according to IBM.

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