GE Transportation and the Port of Long Beach have launched a pilot project to improve advance planning.
The initiative was proposed in March 2018, following a successful trial at the Port of Los Angeles.
By using ‘Port Optimizer’ software across the complex, the American multinational conglomerate and North America’s busiest port will allow stakeholders to access the data of incoming cargo.
In order to improve the efficiency of cargo flow, the new technology will provide terminal operators with advance notice of arriving containers, which can be coordinated with data regarding the available manpower and equipment for off-loading and processing goods.
Neil Davidson, of Drewry, discusses new developments at the Port of Long Beach in a recent Port Technology technical paper
As well as stakeholders and terminal operators, ocean and motor carriers, railroads and beneficial cargo owners across the port complex will also be able to use the data.
Three of the port’s container terminals – Long Beach Container Terminal, Total Terminals International and International Transportation Service – will be involved in the project.
Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, commented: “We welcome the opportunity to have this exciting technology demonstrated here in our port.
“We are always searching for new means toward improving operational efficiencies in the supply chain as it moves through this port complex.
“We look forward to observing Port Optimizer in action.”
Jen Schopfer, Vice President and General Manager of Transport Logistics for GE Transportation, stated: “Not only will GE be piloting our product’s core capabilities around advanced visibility and planning, but we are also launching some Long Beach-centric functionality – marine terminal operator and landside transportation integrations for better planning and gate transactions, including MatchBack Systems for dual transactions, and advanced/predictive analytics addressing truck congestion using GeoStamp’s IOT platform.”