In today’s global trade, handling of container transport and supply chain is not that easy and comes with a plethora of problems. Lack of visibility is one of the main problems that customers face.
Lack of visibility of a shipping container’s location and its condition during a trip may lead not only to unexpected delays but also to possible theft and deterioration of goods especially if these problems are noticed far too late.
In many situations, it is also difficult to ascertain and be assured that the goods have traveled in the optimal condition especially with perishable cargo or hazardous cargo shipments.
Without visibility, shippers cannot expect the fastest, safest and importantly, the most ecological routes for their shipments.
Time saving and product quality are key factors in a well functioning supply chain, and more and more companies are looking to choose solutions that provides visibility of their shipments.
A few decades ago or even a few years ago, no one would have believed that a simple rectangular steel box with 6 sides (well most of the time) would be termed “smart”.. Well, the “smart container” as it is termed now is here to stay..
Nothing displays the seriousness of this innovation better than when someone announces the setting up of the world’s first smart container innovation lab..
Digitalisation is the buzzword making the rounds currently, especially in the shipping and freight industry..
IT boffins are creating it, VCs are funding it, Entrepreneurs are finding new uses for it, Freight Forwarders, Shipping lines, Banks and Ports are adopting it, riding the wave of digitalisation..
There are many use cases relating to technology in the shipping and freight industry, but nothing screams “we are serious about digitalisation” more than a company running a competition for container operators, in which the winner gets to convert their entire container fleet into Smart Containers..
Yes, you heard right.. An entire container fleet..
We caught up with Shachar Tal, the Co-Founder of Loginno, the company that ran this competition..
Smart Containers are continuing with its growth trajectory and well on its way to becoming a part of our daily lives it seems.. As I wrote in my previous article, Smart containers are containers which are equipped with sensors designed to provide real-time tracking of its location and movements..
Using this technology, whether you are a shipping line, customer or security agency, you can track the progress of your containers anywhere in the world, plan your equipment and stock inventory which could possibly lead to reduced costs..
CMA-CGM, Maersk Line, MSC, ZIM Lines, are some of the lines who are already offering smart containers in the market..
Hamburg Süd (now part of Maersk Line stables) became the latest line to announce its future use of Remote Container Management (RCM), which was announced at the Fruit Logistica 2019 in Berlin..
Smart containers are dubbed as one of the innovations that is set to change the way in which we carry out traditional container shipping services..
This innovative technology is said to transform a standard ISO container into a smart, connected object which collects and communicates real-time data on its position and movements throughout its journey..
MSC’s is partnering with TRAXENS to convert 50,000 of its dry cargo containers to smart containers..
Innovation, creativity and digitalisation is in full flow within the shipping and freight industry.. The ubiquitous freight container has remained the same in terms of its design and structure and has not undergone much significant change in the last 50 odd years.. But in the recent past, it is being transformed quite dramatically.. Whether as a smart container or as … Read more here..
SOLAS VGM – probably a term which may have slipped many people’s minds as it seems to have successfully integrated itself into the mainstream container shipping process since its mandatory implementation in July 2016.. Now it seems to be back, but in a good way though..
Weigh the packed container using calibrated and certified weighing equipment like a weighbridge to get the VGM
Weigh the cargo, dunnage, lashing material and add the tare weight of the container to get the VGM
Although there has not been any real comments or incidents relating to the misdeclaration of weights after the implementation of the SOLAS VGM regulation in 2016, it has been reported that shipping industry has been struggling with Method 1, as physically weighing every shipping container requires significant efforts and costly, space-consuming scales..
The world of shipping and freight is getting bigger and bigger but thanks to all the technological advances and digitalisation it is also bring all players in the industry closer than ever before..
However, meeting people face to face, sharing issues of mutual interest and benefit and thrashing out common problems and finding solutions has a special flavour and charm to it.. Not to mention the experience you gain out of meeting experienced people..
Intermodal Europe 2019 to be held between the 5th and 7th of November at Hamburg Messe promises to bring out the best in terms of its offering to the industry..
Some of the interesting topics presented include………………………….