The roll-out of a new electronic charter party by Competitive ShipBrokers Ltd (CSBL) could provide the basis for further cooperation in the digital world, according to chief executive Pierre Aury.

Five leading members of CSBL — Arrow Shipbroking, Banchero Costa (Bancosta), Fearnleys, Ifchor and Thurlestone Shipping — have signed up to use the OceanSign software enabling them to complete charterparty signatures electronically.

The e-signature chartering solution is an indication of growing cooperation between the shipbrokers, Aury said.