Initial performance results from the pilot project are expected in July
The Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation have rolled-out a pilot of a digital solution to help keep maritime cargo flowing efficiently.
The trial is being conducted at APM Terminals with Maersk Shipping Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company at what is the largest container port in the US.
Since the initiative was announced, last November, the partners have been working together to build a platform that digitises maritime shipping data and makes it available to cargo owners and supply chain operators through secure, channeled access. The announcement coincides with the nationwide Infrastructure Week which runs until 19 May.
According to the partners, it promises to provide not only advanced visibility but a collaborative view of data for all the stakeholders across the ocean supply chain. Initial performance results from the pilot are expected in July.
Major retailers such as the Home Depot and Lowe’s, among others, are participating in the project.
“By working together to share data in a secure and controlled environment, we have already seen the potential for tremendous benefits for importers, truckers, shipping lines, terminals, chassis providers and the entire supply chain,” said Gene Seroka, executive director, Port of Los Angeles.
“Greater insight leads to better planning and lower cost, all of which have a direct impact on every company that is involved in international trade.”
“Our work with the Port of Los Angeles has the potential to transform how ports across the country, and even the world, operate, driving productivity from ship to shore and from the terminal to the customer,” added Jamie Miller, president and CEO, GE Transportation.
“It’s an honour to partner together on a game-changing solution that could have industry wide implications.”
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