MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

DATA STANDARDS GROUP

ELECTS SEA-LAND OFFICIAL

WASHINGTON - An executive from Sea-Land Service Inc. was elected chairman of an ocean shipping information group formed by Sea-Land and six other carriers to establish data standards for the industry.

Bill Kenwell, Sea-Land's vice president for corporate marketing, will chair the Information System Agreement. It was formed in 1992 to establish standards, terms and conditions for the transfer of ocean transportation information.

In addition to Sea-Land, its members include American President Lines, Crowley Maritime Transport, Hapag-Lloyd, Overseas Orient Container Line, P&O Containers and Maersk Line. So far, ISA has written an electronic data interchange guide for ocean carriers.

ISA recently signed a contract with TSI, a leading software company, for an EDI software package for personal computers. The software includes user- friendly "Windows" applications "that completely shields the user from EDI," said Connie Galley, president of TSI.

The seven lines in the ISA will begin testing the software package during the first quarter of 1994.

ISA has been approved by the Federal Maritime Commission and is open to all vessel operating carriers. For more information, contact Bill Kenwell at 908/ 604-3144.

AUSTRALIA LINE RECEIVES

MONSANTO QUALITY AWARD

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Australia-New Zealand Direct Line (Anzdl) for the third consecutive year has received the Quality Partner Award, which Monsanto Chemical Co. presents to transportation companies that provide the large shipper

with quality transportation

service.

Anzdl began participating in Monsanto's annual review of carriers' performance in

1989.

The carrier, which operates four containerships in the trade between Australia/New Zealand and North America, was cited this year for its progress in statistical process control.