• TPM24
  • March 3-6, 2024 | Long Beach Convention Center

Thomas Bagge

Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)

CEO and Statutory Director

As the CEO of DCSA, Thomas is responsible for building strong relationships with stakeholders in shipping and beyond, as well as leading the team to achieve DCSA’s mission of enabling systematic collaboration in container shipping through technology standardization.

Prior to joining DCSA, Thomas was instrumental in a number of transformational activities involving technology, process and people at Maersk. Most recently, he held the position of Adviser to the CIO on Strategy and Digital Transformation.

With two decades of experience in transportation and logistics, Thomas has an in-depth understanding of customers and industry drivers, as well as the challenges of digitizing the container shipping industry.

Thomas has an Executive MBA and an Applied Finance degree from Copenhagen Business School.

Sessions With Thomas Bagge

Tuesday, 28 February

  • 04:00pm - 04:45pm (PST) / 01/mar/2023 12:00 am - 01/mar/2023 12:45 am

    The eBL Inflection Point

    An electronic bill of lading sounds like such a reasonable and practical idea that it's difficult to understand why there has been so little adoption of them. The world has dispensed with paper versions of documents in dozens of high-values, high-importance scenarios, including bidding on houses. Yet eBLs account for only a tiny percentage of overall bills of lading each year. The barriers to adoption actually are numerous: no single eBL product; diverse pilots involving different container lines; unique banking regulations in each country touching international shipments; and a lack of priority among shippers to force service providers to change. In 2022, however, some strides were made that might end up being seen as a true fork in the road. The Digital Container Shipping Association convened numerous eBL software vendors in a pilot that seeks to create interoperability among the various products. This is key because shippers don't want to be forced into several eBL formats depending on the shipping lines they use. And progress has come in terms of making banks more comfortable with the creation and transfer of eBLs. This session will dig into where the industry is, how vendors that are competitive with each other can work together to drive adoption of eBLs, and the role shippers can play in driving broader use of eBLs.