GERMAN container shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd is to test cloud-based stowage-planning software from XVELA to improve data flow to and from ports.
Through the use of this cloud-based software, stowage-planning and cargo data of the individual ships in ports will be available in real-time for both the shipping company and the terminal.
The aim is to reduce unexpected changes at short notice in the coastal schedule as well as unnecessary waiting times for both sides, a statement from the carrier said.
In this way, the shipping company will be able to see the progress of loading and unloading operations on an ongoing basis and can deploy its ships more efficiently.
For the terminals, there will be continual transparency regarding the state of stowage planning for an expected ship, which will allow them to allot equipment and staff in a timely and reliable fashion.
"The more transparency there is throughout the transport chain, the more efficiently everyone involved can make plans for and employ their assets and resources," said Hapag-Lloyd fleet support centre chief Jorn Springer.
Source : HKSG.