GE Transportation and the Port of Los Angeles, USA, have launched a new digital ocean supply chain solution on a pilot basis at APM Terminals with Maersk Line and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).
The solution aims to ensure an efficient flow of cargo at the port by providing a platform able to digitise maritime shipping data and share it with cargo owners and supply chain operators.
In addition to increased visibility, the system, which makes data available to the parties through a secure and channelled access, is expected to provide “a collaborative view of data” for the entire ocean supply chain.
According to GE Transportation, initial performance results from the APMT pilot are expected in July this year.
Retailers including The Home Depot and Lowe’s are also participating in the project.
Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said: “By working together to share data in a secure and controlled environment, we have already seen the potential for tremendous benefits for importers, truckers, shipping lines, terminals, chassis providers and the entire supply chain.
“Greater insight leads to better planning and lower cost, all of which have a direct impact on every company that is involved in international trade.”
As part of the pilot, port operators are sharing information and gaining earlier visibility and increased efficiency into how cargo moves at the port for shippers, terminal operators, trucks, and railroads.
GE Transportation’s president and CEO Jamie Miller said: “Our work with the Port of Los Angeles has the potential to transform how ports across the country, and even the world, operate, driving productivity from ship to shore and from the terminal to the customer.”