A further advantage of this system is that customers of MSC Belgium can see in real time which containers have been assigned to them, together with the status of the containers.
However, MSC Belgium is aware that the fight against crime in the port will not be won with the introduction of this innovative system alone. This is merely the first step in a programme of ongoing investment to make the port 100% secure, according to the company. Although the new system is now available, customers of MSC will be able to carry on using the existing system until June 10, 2013 to give them time to get used to the new system.
Antwerp Port Authority is very enthusiastic about such initiatives by private company, as it too has made the fight against organised crime a priority. “This is a positive development for the port community and for the reputation of the port of Antwerp,” according to a Port Authority spokesperson.