Hapag-Lloyd has announced that it is set to begin the mass installation of tracking devices on containers at its depots worldwide at the end of August 2022, as the company gears up to begin offering its new Hapag-Lloyd LIVE product to customers in early 2023.
The carrier announced in April that it was set to become the first shipping company in the world to outfit all of its standard containers with technology systems to support real-time data transmission, allowing the firm to track its containers around the globe and collect data from them, improving transparency for both the company and its customers.
Commercial services using the tech, which will be supplied by Nexxiot and ORBCOMM, will begin early next year, with a target of having the entire dry container fleet covered by the tracking network by the end of 2023.
“Our vision is to build the smartest container fleet in the world and provide our customers with valuable information at the frequency they need,” said Olaf Habert, Director Container Applications, Hapag-Lloyd.
Once the devices are permanently installed on the containers, they will be able to provide GPS-based location data, measure temperatures, and monitor sudden vibrations of the container, allowing Hapag-Lloyd to create better visibility of operations, detect delays earlier, automatically inform any affected customers, and initiate countermeasures where required.