As part of a pilot test, Hapag-Lloyd has started to use cloud-based stowage-planning software developed by the US supplier Xvela, based in Oakland CA (USA).
As a result, stowage-planning and cargo data of the individual ships in ports will be available in real-time for both the shipping company and the terminal. In this way, Hapag-Lloyd will be able to see the progress of loading/unloading operations on an ongoing basis and can deploy its ships more efficiently.
Terminals will obtain information about the state of stowage planning for an expected ship, which will allow them to allot equipment and staff in a timely and reliable fashion. The aim is to reduce unexpected changes at short notice in the coastal schedule, as well as unnecessary waiting times for both sides. Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet support centre was established in 2013.
By International Transport Journal | February 24, 2016
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