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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification BERMAN
* BERMAN 3 Berth management message  

TBG3 Transport

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


1.1 Functional definition
The Berth management message is a message from a carrier, its agent or means of transport to the authority responsible for port and waterway management, requesting a berth, giving details of the call, vessel, berth requirements and expected operations.

1.2 Field of application
The Berth management 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
This message is meant to comply with requirements of authorities concerning the request for berthing services. The following guidelines, rules and functionality apply to this Berth management message:

1- A message will contain information on only one means of transport/conveyance. The only exception will be the case of covering pre-announcement function.

2- A ship call may require several berths.

3- One berth may be the scenario of several operations.

4- The message has to cater for the provision of sending updates (cancellation, replace, provisional, definitive) or new services request such as shifts and request for second berth.
The message will cover the function of pre-announcement of vessels.

The Transport SWG 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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