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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification VESDEP
VESDEP 4 Vessel departure message  

TBG3 Transport

This specification provides the definition of the Vessel departure message (VESDEP) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1.1 Functional definition
A message from a stevedore to a liner agent or from a liner agent to a local authority (e.g. port authority) to inform the latter party of the departure of a vessel and giving information on the actual container or cargo operations.

This message is part of a total set of container-related messages. These messages serve to facilitate the intermodal handling of containers by streamlining the information exchange.
The business scenario for the container messages is clarified in a separate document, called: 'Guide to the scenario of EDIFACT container messages'.

1.2 Field of application
The Vessel departure message may be used for both national and international applications. It is based on universal practice related to administration, commerce and transport, and is not dependent on the type of business or industry.

1.3 Principles
In the context of the 'Guide to the scenario of EDIFACT container messages' (as referred to at the start of section 1) the following guidelines, rules and functionality apply to this Vessel departure message:

*   A message will contain information on only one means of transport/conveyance.

*   Separate messages (Call information message and Vessel departure message) will be used for the means of transport in order to cater for opening and closing of the information exchange related to that means of transport. Updates for these messages may be sent.

*   The message contents can be uniquely identified by a combination of the following data elements:
- ordering customer/principal
- ordering customer agent
- mode of transport
- conveyance reference number/voyage number

The ordering customer agent is to supplement the unique identification only when several agents are acting on behalf of the same shipping line for the same voyage number.

*   The message contents can be uniquely identified by a combination of the following message level data elements:
-   voyage number or indication of sea transport (TDT or RFF)
-   vessel radio call sign (TDT)
-   shipping line (TDT)

*   The message content includes the date and/or time on which all vessel operations have been completed.

*   If containers have been loaded or discharged on or from the vessel, information on the actual handling of containers can be completed.

The transport sub-working group (D4) has developed recommendations for a harmonised implementation of this message through its subgroup ITIGG (International Transport Implementation Guidelines Group).
Users implementing the message are strongly advised to apply these recommendations, which may be obtained from the D4 secretariat.

See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 1.


3.1 Standard terms and definitions
See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 2.


4.1 Data segment clarification
This section should be read in conjunction with the segment table which indicates mandatory, conditional and repeating requirements.
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