The Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) has launched ‘Boxinsider’, an innovative application that allows shippers and freight forwarders to see where their containers are located at any given moment.
In a statement, PoR described Boxinsider as “much more reliable” than current methods as well as being “much more user-friendly and efficient than collecting information” from multiple sources.
Current practices mean most shippers, freight forwarders and other users collect information manually from a range of sources, such as websites about where containers are located, a process that can be time-consuming and error-prone.
PoR says Boxinsider puts an end to this as it draws on status information from container vessels and inland and deep-sea terminals. It can also track containers and determine the expected and actual departure and arrival times.
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PoR CEO Allard Castelein spoke highly of Boxinsider’s potential for creating more supply chain visibility.
“When I order a book online, I can almost follow the package live.
“With Boxinsider, we are now presenting a similar solution for containers. By developing digital applications, we are making our port even more efficient, safer and more reliable.
“Solutions like Boxinsider are good examples of this transition and so they are a perfect match with our ambition to be the world’s Smartest Port.”
Castelein will go further into detail on PoR’s ambitions and technological projects at Port Technology International’s Smart Digital Ports of the Future Conference (#SDP19) in Rotterdam from 4-6 November 2019.