GE Transportation and the Port of Long Beach in the US have completed a technology pilot project to improve the flow of cargo at the port.
Initial results from the three-month project have proved the advanced visibility of incoming cargo, with more than 14 days faster access to related information.
The project has also resulted in improved turn times while increasing throughput as well as more productive turns.
It involved the use of GE’s Port Optimizer platform across the greater San Pedro Bay port complex. The platform was deployed at the Port of Los Angeles last year.
Port Optimizer is designed to improve cargo flow and provide the participating terminal operators and other stakeholders with advance notice of cargo arrival.
It also offers data on the availability of equipment, labour and other resources required to transport the cargo through the supply chain.
For the pilot, GE has included additional functionality into Port Optimizer. The functionalities are designed to help marine terminal operator and facilitate landside transportation integrations for better planning and gate transactions.
GE Transportation Transport Logistics vice-president and general manager Jennifer Schopfer said: “Integrating the Envio 360 Drayage Optimization Platform enhances Port Optimizer’s capabilities to deliver greater supply chain visibility and response.
“Standardised and real-time intermodal drayage data enables better capacity management and utilisation, with visibility to intermodal container drayage at maritime ports, railroad networks and yards, and intermodal terminals, to increase supply chain reliability and improve planning.”
Over the next few weeks, Port of Long Beach Board of Commissioners is expected to review the results of the pilot and will decide on its next phase of participation with the pilot.