The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched Boxinsider, a new application that allows shippers and freight forwarders to access data on the location of their containers at any given moment.
Drawing on status information from container vessels and inland and deep-sea terminals, the software can track containers and determine expected and actual arrival and departure times for vessels.
Data on container unloading and departures at container terminals is also accessible via the application, and users can receive warnings about any delays or disruptions.
“When I order a book online, I can almost follow the package live,” said Port of Rotterdam 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 Port’.”
Boxinsider works as a stand-alone application but it can also be integrated with existing systems, Port of Rotterdam says.