As the price of a barrel of oil remains highly volatile, the cost of labour continues to rise and congestion in terminals and ports increases, the marine transport industry is on the lookout for best practices and technologies that make them more cost-effective and efficient.
Customers expect confirmation that their load arrived safely upon arrival. This makes pre-trip inspections (PTI), ensuring that the container reefer is operating correctly and is ready for its next load of refrigerated cargo, a necessity in the container industry.
Innovation and cost savings are welcomed by the industry; however the implementation of new procedures takes a commitment to process change. Traditionally PTIs have been a manual operation, taking place at ports and depots after a container is unloaded. This requires up to three hours of run time while consuming electrical power and personnel labour. Luckily, technological advancements in this process are making this manual procedure a practice of the past.