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HKSAR Government Marine Department Dangerous Goods Manifest Submission by ebMS in Production

Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China - 3 September 2003 - Center for
E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID), Department of Computer Science (CS), The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to announce that Phase I of the XML Dangerous Goods Manifest Submission project is completed. Marine Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government has rolled out to production its Dangerous Goods Manifest Submission system using the open-source ebXML Message Service Handler implementation, Hermes. Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) is the first shipping company equipped to use this new submission channel. System development work for another shipping company, APL, is underway and is expected to be ready later this year.

Started as a pilot project in June 2002 by CECID, the ebMS electronic submission system deploys ebXML technology to send and receive dangerous goods (DG) manifests in XML format. The computer system in OOCL can now generate DG manifests and send them to Marine Department's computer system over a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Information re-typing and data entry errors are eliminated. The new submission system also improves the efficiency in information flow with the capability of sharing of captured data.

Phase 2 of the project to enhance new features has begun. Enhanced features will allow Marine Department's computer to send DG manifest receipt acknowledgements to the shipping company's computer (i.e. two-way transaction). Shipping companies will also be able to submit manifest cancellation and amendment notices to Marine Department using ebMS, in addition to the current telephone and fax modes.

In production use, this submission system deploys Hermes in its document transport layer. Hermes is a Message Service Handler (MSH) implementation that is in compliance with the OASIS ebXML Message Service (ebMS) V2 Standard. The submission system exploits some of Hermes' features such as message packaging, reliable messaging, error handling, RDBMS persistent storage, SOAP, and HTTP features, to achieve reliability and security in the business document exchange process.

About Marine Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government (
The Port of Hong Kong has been one of the busiest container ports in the world. It also remains one of the busiest in terms of vessel arrivals and departures, and cargo and passenger throughput.
Being the administrator of the port, Marine Department's principal function is to ensure safe operation of the port and all Hong Kong waters as well as the administration of the Hong Kong Shipping Register. The Department's mission is "to promote excellence in marine services". Keeping in touch with the world through the Internet is one of the many measures the Department has taken to achieve that goal.

About Orient Overseas Container Line (
A public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, OOCL is one of the world's largest integrated international container transportation, logistics and terminal companies and, is one of Hong Kong's most recognised global brands, providing customers with fully integrated logistics and containerized transportation services, with a network encompassing Asia, Europe, North America and Australasia. OOCL is well respected in the industry with a reputation for providing customer-focused solutions, a quality through excellence approach and continual innovation. OOCL pioneered transportation coverage of China and is an industry leader in information technology.

About APL (
APL provides customers around the world with container transportation services through a network combining high-quality intermodal operations with state-of-the-art information technology. APL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines, a global transportation and logistics company engaged in shipping and related businesses. APL has offices in more than 80 countries worldwide. While shipping continues to be an important business, APL's business has expanded to assist retailers, manufacturers and other customers to manage their own supply chains in whole or to manage distinct and individual links of those supply chains, such as shipping.

About CECID (
Established in January 2002, the Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID) at the University of Hong Kong conducts e-commerce research and development with the vision of helping organizations increase their competitiveness in the global economy. CECID develops e-commerce enabling technologies, participates in important international e-commerce initiatives, supports e-commerce standardization for Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific Region, and transfers e-commerce technology and skills to the community. With projects primarily funded by the Hong Kong Government's Innovation and Technology Commission, CECID is an active member of OASIS and the ebXML Asia Committee. The Center also collaborates with a number of lead technology users in the Asia-Pacific Region on turning R&D results into real-life business applications. CECID's recent contributions to the community include its code donation of Hermes and ebMail to freebXML ( and the production of an in-depth design and management guide on XML Schemas for the Hong Kong Government.

About OASIS (
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, global consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of e-business standards. Members themselves set the OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight, open process expressly designed to promote industry consensus and unite disparate efforts. OASIS produces worldwide standards for security, Web services, XML conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing, topic maps and interoperability within and between marketplaces.

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