Collaboration has been mooted as the key to handling big ships as many ports and terminals do not plan ahead to ensure that beneficial cargo owners can effectively pass on containers to truckers, thus creating a ‘random access’ process after containers are discharged from vessels and clear Customs, according to the Journal of Commerce.
Paul Trani, President of International Longshore Workers Union, said: “The key is that there is only so much land here. We have to push the cargo out without letting it sit on the terminals.”
Steven Miller, Chief Procurement Officer at P.F. Chang’s Restaurants, said that more real-time information sharing will allow all parties to better coordinate the release of containers and thereby replace this random access process.
XVELA, subsidiary of TOS system provider Navis, has recently announced Hapag-Lloyd as the first carrier to enter into a pilot program of its cloud-based collaboration and real time information-sharing solution.
There are various factors which are improving the way that container terminals and shipping lines to better interact, including frequent availability of data and improved capacity management, which is one of the factors allowing shipping lines and terminals to handle berthing windows.
The Internet of Things is also playing a crucial role in ensuring that Big Data is available for the ports and shipping lines, such as the establishment of cloud-based technology and wifi capabilities that provide a network to connect various devices.
Watch a video below on the three keys for effectively handling big ships: