The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched an application that allows shippers and freight forwarders to see where their containers are located at any given moment.
The tool, named Boxinsider, is meant to be more reliable than the approach used now and also more user-friendly and efficient compared to collecting information yourself from multiple sources.
The port authority’s CEO Allard Castelein stated: “When I order a book online, I can almost follow the package live. With Boxinsider, we are now presenting a similar solution for containers.
“By developing digital applications, we are making our port even more efficient, safer and more reliable. Solutions like Boxinsider are good examples of this transition and so they are a perfect match with our ambition to be the world’s Smartest Port.”
Most shippers, freight forwarders and other users still collect information about where their containers are located manually from a range of websites, noted the port authority.
This can be time-consuming and error-prone, sometimes causing planning errors, leading to an increase in costs.
The application draws on status information from container vessels and inland and deep-sea terminals, allowing it to track containers and determine the expected and actual arrival and departure time for vessels, as well as container unloading and departures at container terminals.
Remco Verwaal, account manager at ABC Logistics, which is one of the launching customers, said: “Boxinsider gives us – quickly and with minimal effort – a clear picture of the containers that we can expect at the various Rotterdam terminals.”
The application can work as a stand-alone tool but it can also be integrated with existing systems using a link.