Rotterdam port launches route planner

12 May 2017
Navigate route planner

The planner was designed as part of a scheme to increase the reliability and efficiency of the logistics process

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched its ‘Navigate’ route planner at the Transport Logistic Fair in Munich to help companies plan their container transports more effectively.

The online tool contains deep-sea and short-sea schedules connecting to 550 ports worldwide, as well as rail and barge connections between Rotterdam and more than 150 European inland terminals.

“This makes Navigate the most comprehensive route planner of its kind, enabling users to find an efficient route from A to B via Rotterdam in just a few mouse clicks,” said Emile Hoogsteden, director of containers, breakbulk & logistics at the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

The planner was designed as part of a scheme to bring more transparency to the supply chain and increase the reliability and efficiency of the logistics process, and in turn benefit the Port of Rotterdam, through digitisation

Users of Navigate can select the transport option that suits them best, based on modality and expected transit time.

Navigate has an empty depot tool, showing which inland terminals shipping companies’ empty containers can be collected or dropped off at. This reduces unnecessary and costly transport of empty containers.

Real-time data on the estimated times of arrival and departure of sea-going vessels will also be added to the planner’s intelligence in the near future.

The planner incorporates a business directory of more than 1,600 companies operating in and around the port of Rotterdam.

The Port Authority plan to add more operational data to provide more insight into the carbon footprint of container transport.

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