The Port of Rotterdam Authority’s intermodal online route planner Navigate has become operational in the ports of Gdansk in Poland and SOHAR in Oman.
This application enables importers and exporters to select the best transport options for containers they want to ship. Navigate also contains an online port information guide.
The tool offers a total overview of the most efficient deep sea and short sea connections of 550 ports in the world. It provides insight into connections and companies, and into ports.It also links these to the available rail and inland shipping connections.
The ‘empty depot planner’ also shows where empty containers can be collected and deposited and Navigate also contains an online port information guide giving insight into the companies operating in the port area.
Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “The development of this application and its roll-out to other ports fits in our ambition to make the Port of Rotterdam the smartest port in the world. Taking the lead in the digital transformation will make the Port of Rotterdam more efficient, reliable and competitive.
“Cooperating in this with other ports also optimises the potential of digital solutions. The more ports use Navigate, the more valuable the application becomes.”
The route planner offers various options based on the selected departure point and desired destination. The possible sea connections and options by rail, inland shipping or truck to the hinterland destination are also presented.
The port information guide also facilitates easy contact, with just a click of a mouse, with the companies operating in the port, for instance to request a quotation.
Anacin Kum, CEO of Hutchison Ports SOHAR: “Navigate has been developed especially for companies seeking smarter ways to plan their container transports. The launch of this tool is a good first step and we are excited about its role in the global logistics market.
“With the addition of more operational data, SOHAR Navigate will become an increasingly valuable resource to improve efficiency within the supply chain. It will also provide visible and convenient options for importer and exporter groups in Oman and beyond, who generally rely on logistic providers.”
Lukasz Greinke, president of the board of the port of Gdansk Authority, praised Navigate’s “simplicity”, adding that “it will allow our clients to connect, compare and explore the entire supply chain faster than ever”.