Portchain has announced a 5-year partnership with Hapag-Lloyd to deploy Portchain Connect across their global operations.
Portchain provides a platform that enables carriers and terminals to securely share their schedule and berthing data with each other through their systems and an easy-to-use web application.
Portchain Connect digitises the berth alignment process between carriers and terminals for the benefit of schedule reliability and terminal asset utilisation.
This alignment process enables the opportunity to capture the benefits of Just-In-Time (JIT) arrivals, which the IMO estimate can reduce CO2 emissions and bunker consumption by 5.9 per cent in the 24 hours leading up to arrival.
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“We are delighted to be working with Portchain on digitising and streamlining our berth alignment processes and look forward to creating value for our important Terminal partners throughout our network,” said Andrew Allen, Director – Terminal Partnering, Hapag-Lloyd.
“We believe in the power of leveraging automated data flows to optimise our Port Calls and create transparency and efficiency for our valued Marine and Port Operations teams globally.”
Portchain said this digital transformation will position the German giant to accelerate other initiatives that rely on timely and accurate schedule information to serve their customers better.
Using Portchain Connect, Hapag-Lloyd will transform its traditional communication to a digital flow of information for aligning berth arrival information with terminals – offering its terminal network direct access to schedule updates and essential vessel call information on the platform.
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“We are excited to partner with Hapag-Lloyd to digitalise the berth alignment process with terminals across the world,” said Niels Kristiansen, CEO & Co-Founder, Portchain.
“Hapag-Lloyd is an ambitious ocean carrier that is taking big steps to digitalise its operations and enable Just-In-Time Arrivals with its terminal network. We are excited to help them unlock the value of their data, providing terminals with more accurate and timely information to improve terminal efficiency.”
Portchain Connect has been adopted by 33 terminals in the past 10 months, and the growth of the network is accelerating.
The company added that its network growth will be further reinforced by three ocean carriers trialing the platform in the coming months.
Most recently, DP World Antwerp Gateway announced it will join the Portchain Connect network.