GE Transportation and the Port of Los Angeles' partnership to develop a digital ocean supply chain solution has launched on a pilot basis at APM Terminals with Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).
The project promises to provide data to all the stakeholders across the ocean supply chain and develop a 'first-of-its-kind' digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America’s largest container port.
Initial results from the pilot are expected in July this year.
GE Transportation and the Port of Los Angeles announced the partnership last November.
Since then, major retailers have been working together to build a platform that digitizes maritime shipping data and makes it available to cargo owners and supply chain operators through secure, channelled access.
Gene Seroka, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director, said: “Greater insight leads to better planning and lower cost, all of which have a direct impact on every company that is involved in international trade.
“By working together to share data in a secure and controlled environment, we have already seen the potential for tremendous benefits for importers, truckers, shipping lines, terminals, chassis providers and the entire supply chain.
“Greater insight leads to better planning and lower cost, all of which have a direct impact on every company that is involved in international trade.”
The complex operations of America’s largest container port and the transformational benefits of this digital solution are shown in a new web series (above).
The episode shows how port operators are working with the Port of Los Angeles to execute the pilot by sharing information and gaining earlier visibility and increased efficiency into how cargo moves into, within and out of the port for shippers, terminal operators, trucks, and railroads.
Jamie Miller, GE Transportation president and CEO, said: “Our work with the Port of Los Angeles has the potential to transform how ports across the country, and even the world, operate, driving productivity from ship to shore and from the terminal to the customer.”
The Port of Los Angeles is also launching a new feasibility study in mid-2017 to test automaker Toyota Motor North America’s zero-emission fuel cell system.