On Monday, 21st September 2009, the first SICIS monitored DHL container started its journey at CMML Warehouse, Shekou, China. After being loaded at the Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) it was carried to the Europe Container Terminals (ECT) at the port of Rotterdam where it was discharged. The container reached its final destination – the DHL Warehouse in Rotterdam Albrandswaard- on 16th October.
Further containers are now being tracked with the first arrival in Felixstowe for BAP Logistics on 20th October. A second wave of companies tracking containers is scheduled for November. SICIS tracks containers’ routes along the entire logistics chain and registers all events generated by the terminals involved and e.g. by Container Security Devices (CSDs). Equipping containers with CSDs is optional though – SICIS can also track containers which are not fitted with these devices.
The status of the containers, e.g. deviations from the route or special security issues, will become immediately visible and if necessary, the responsible participant of the trade lane can take action. A further unique development of SICIS will be to combine the container tracking information with cargo consignment information and vessel tracking data, thereby combining all these information flows into a single stream