Container tracking app launches

The Port of Rotterdam Photo: wikipedia The Port of Rotterdam Photo: wikipedia
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A European port authority has launched a new application allowing shippers and freight forwarders to locate their containers at any given moment.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority's Boxinsider draws on status information from container vessels and inland and deep-sea terminals, tracking containers and determining arrival and departure times for vessels, as well as container unloading and departures at container terminals. Users are also warned about any delays or disruptions.

"When I order a book online, I can almost follow the package live,' explained port authority chief executive, 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.'

ABC Logistics from Poeldijk is an early adopter and has 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."

Boxinsider works as a stand-alone application and can also be integrated with existing systems using a link.

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