Port of Los Angeles, and GE Transportation to digitise maritime shipping industry

16 November 2016 (Last Updated November 16th, 2016 18:30)

The Port of Los Angeles in the US has collaborated with GE Transportation to digitise the maritime shipping sector to accelerate the transportation of goods.

The Port of Los Angeles in the US has collaborated with GE Transportation to digitise the maritime shipping sector to accelerate the transportation of goods.

As part of the collaboration, both the companies will develop a new port information portal to provide fast, data-driven inputs to cargo owners and other stakeholders, improving maritime supply chain performance.

The two-month-long pilot project will also serve the ultra-large container vessels in a better way.

"To keep pace with the rapidly changing shipping landscape, operations at our ports must evolve."

Cargo data to be used in the project will include filtered information from the US Customs and Border Protection’s automated commercial environment (ACE) system.

Currently, 90% of global trade moves on the ocean, but the majority of the ports in the world are not well equipped to serve a new generation of huge container ships.

Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka said: “To keep pace with the rapidly changing shipping landscape, operations at our ports must evolve.

“Digital solutions that enable supply chain partners to receive a ship’s cargo information well in advance of arrival, like with the digital portal we are envisioning with GE Transportation, are a critical key to optimising US cargo efficiency and trade competitiveness.”

The new collaboration is expected to pave the way for initiating the next-level of collaboration and coordination among the stakeholders involved in the transportation of waterborne cargo containers.

In addition, the new port information portal will improve data-flow between cargo owners, shipping lines and other stakeholders, offering a single digital platform.

It will further help the port and terminal operators to track inbound cargo, optimise cargo movement and enhance the predictability and reliability of the supply chain.

In December last year, port and cargo stakeholders manually tested the data exchange initiative during the container ship call.