BoxTech Container Database Takes Off
Container database BoxTech is rapidly expanding and now contains data on 5 million containers, or 20% of the global fleet, according to JOC.com.
French nonprofit Bureau International des Containers (BIC) launched the free database in 2016.
Its database now has 1,000 total users, including 800 shippers, forwarders, and terminals.
BoxTech contains the tare weight, maximum gross mass, and type data for containers from all over the world.
It can be used by forwarders to meet the new international SOLAS VGM container weight requirements, and new uses are under development
Boxtech also plans a status alert list functionality to let container owners rapidly pinpoint specific units in case of bankruptcies, container theft, or exceptions.
BoxTech’s users include container leasing companies Florens and Blue Sky Intermodal, Taiwanese carrier TS Lines, and Korean carriers Pan Ocean and CK Line.
First adopters included French ocean carrier CMA CGM as well as container lessors SeaCo and Touax.
Douglas Owen, Secretary General of the BIC, said: “BoxTech’s 1,000-plus users are now also utilizing the database for a wide variety of purposes, such as verifying container size and type or maximum gross weight.
“New features are on the way, so leasing companies and carriers will soon also be able to upload ‘alert lists’ of various types.”