Welcome from the Chairman

"A warm welcome to the updated web site of MeCA - the Maritime e-Commerce Association - a not-for-profit group of marine business and technical experts who are collectively committed to speeding up the process of marine-related business transactions through the development of application-to-application interoperability standards.

With our industry's rapid take-up of the internet as its prime method of communication, we are now seeing a dramatic increase in e-business. This unprecedented volume of e-activity means that we need to focus more than ever on the development of interoperability standards to minimise the danger of creating islands of information or the stifling of innovation due to the lock-in which is inherent in proprietary interchange formats.


  • promotes e-commerce for the benefit of all parties in the marine supply-chain, including
    • ship owners / managers
    • suppliers
    • software providers
  • particularly by developing, maintaining, harmonising and promoting common standards (including technical standards and protocols for interoperability between systems).

These objectives should be a matter of concern to you if you participate in the marine supply chain and wish to bring further quality and efficiency to your business. Without standards e-commerce will be at best costly and at worst impractical.

Founded in December 1999 MeCA has developed its own XML based standard, called MTML (Marine Trading Mark-up Language). It has widespread support through out the maritime buyer and supplier community as well as with marine supply chain software providers. The latest version is MTML Version 2.0.

This support includes close relationships with IMPA (International Marine Purchasing Association) and ISSA (International Ship Suppliers Association), both of whom are represented as Directors on the MeCA Board.

I would like to thank all of those individuals and their respective companies for their efforts in developing MTML and for their continuing participation.

Finally I would encourage anyone with an interest in maritime e-commerce to join us and add their skills, insight and experience to the fund of our present knowledge."

Paul Ashton

Maritime eCommerce Association, Building 3, Chiswick Park, 566 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5YA