SOURCE: CargoSmart Limited

CargoSmart Limited

June 06, 2017 04:00 ET

Port of Rotterdam Powers Its Route Planner Tool with CargoSmart

CargoSmart helps the Port of Rotterdam digitize its multimodal logistics network to improve visibility and efficiency with ocean schedule data

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - June 06, 2017) - CargoSmart Limited, a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking, today announced that the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the largest port in Europe in terms of container throughput, handling over 12.4 million TEUs in 2016, is using CargoSmart's sailing schedule data to provide shippers with greater visibility to the available route options through its port. The port's new route planning tool, Navigate, integrates CargoSmart's deep-sea vessel schedule data with barge, rail, and truck schedules for shippers to find and compare routes. CargoSmart is helping the port to digitize its business and connect its ecosystem of shippers, transportation providers, and depots to improve the efficiencies of planning and shipping through the port.

The Port of Rotterdam launched Navigate on May 10, 2017. The online tool incorporates the deep sea and short sea schedules of 550 ports worldwide as well as the rail and barge connections between Rotterdam and over 150 European inland terminals. Navigate also contains a business directory with over 1,500 companies that are active in and around the Port of Rotterdam, as well as an empty depot tool. Users can find and compare the best connections through Rotterdam based on modes and expected transit times in order to make more informed decisions.

Incorporating CargoSmart's ocean schedules with the port's intermodal schedules allows the Port of Rotterdam to provide a complete picture of its logistics coverage for shippers. CargoSmart saves the port time from obtaining and continuously updating the schedule data from ocean carriers. Currently in beta release, Navigate displays multi-modal routes by total transit time and the carrier options for each route. The Port of Rotterdam will expand its operational data, including vessel estimated times of arrival and departure (ETAs and ETDs), in future releases.

"We were impressed by the data coverage and quality of CargoSmart's sailing schedule data," said Chantal Gouka, product owner of Navigate and senior advisor of the Port of Rotterdam. "Working with CargoSmart as a data provider allows us to provide our port community more visibility and efficiencies and to meet our digitization objectives."

"We are pleased to partner with the Port of Rotterdam to help them reach their digitization goals," said Lionel Louie, chief commercial officer of CargoSmart. "We look forward to expanding the scope of our integration to provide more insights for companies shipping through the Port of Rotterdam."

About Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam (www.portofrotterdam.com) is Europe's largest sea port, handling 460 million tonnes of goods per annum. With about 30,000 ocean-going vessels and 110,000 inland vessels calling at the port every year, the port owes its leading position to its outstanding accessibility for sea-going vessels, its intermodal connections, and the 175,000 people working in and for Rotterdam's port and industrial area. It is a place where unlimited ambitions can become reality.

About CargoSmart

CargoSmart Limited provides global shipment management software solutions that enable shippers, consignees, logistics service providers, NVOCCs, and ocean carriers to improve planning and on-time deliveries. With a growing network of container carriers and terminals, CargoSmart leverages big data sources and a cloud-based platform to offer award-winning sailing schedules, visibility, documentation, contract management, compliance, and benchmarking solutions. Launched in 2000, CargoSmart has helped over 160,000 transportation and logistics professionals to increase delivery reliability, lower transportation costs, and streamline operations. For more information, please visit www.cargosmart.com.

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