THE Port of Rotterdam authority has rolled out its "Boxinsider" application that enables
shippers and freight forwarders to track the location of their
containers round the clock, removing the need to manually collect
information about the container's whereabouts from a range of websites, a
method that can be time-consuming and error-prone.
Drawing on status information from
containerships and inland and deep-sea terminals, Boxinsider can track
containers, and determine expected and actual arrival and departure
times for vessels, as well as container unloading and departures at
container terminals. Users are warned about any delays or disruptions.
"When I order a book online, I can almost follow the package live,"
explains CEO Allard Castelein. "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
ABC Logistics from Poeldijk is one of the launch customers and it has
already seen the benefits of the system. "Boxinsider gives us - quickly
and with minimal effort - a clear picture of the containers that we can
expect at the various Rotterdam terminals," said account manager Remco
Verwaal. "It really is a very user-friendly application."