Ocean Network Express, the sixth largest carrier in the world, has conducted its first Global Stowage Planning Office (SPO) Summit.
According to a statement, the summit from December 10 to 11 aimed to improve stowage planning skills for ONE’s internal staff, with the view of making operations more efficient and working conditions safer.
The SPO which handles stowage planning, for container vessels operated by ONE, has divisions in several locations around the world.
The inaugural SPO Summit took place in Kumamoto, Japan and was attended by eleven representatives from seven different countries, as well as five representatives from the SPO global headquarters in Singapore, including managing director Yasuki Iwai.
ONE has recently recorded minimized cargo operating times in Singapore, but believes there is further room to improve by sharing best practices from its legacy companies.
Attendees of the meeting discussed how ONE might improve the stowage planning skills of its staff by utilising the carrier’s comprehensive global network.
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On the final day of the summit, Iwai selected “Beyond Best Practice as ONE” as “the declaration of Kumamoto”, representing the company’s ambition to exceed current standards of stowage planning.
A further statement from ONE read: “It was a great opportunity for attendees to learn about issues and measures that other regions face.
“They will thereafter transfer those skills to their own countries and apply them in their daily work.”