The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched a container tracking application Boxinsider that enables shippers and freight forwarders to check the location of their containers at any time.

The app uses status information from container vessels and inland, as well as deep-sea terminals to track containers and predict expected ship arrival and departure times.

The app has a feature of tracking container unloading on vessels and notifying shippers and freight forwarders about any delays or disruptions.

According to the Port of Rotterdam Authority, compared to the existing method of gathering information from multiple sources, the new app is more reliable and efficient.

Boxinsider does not require to manually search and retype the container event data. This reduces container tracking time by up to 50%. Users can access the data on a single dashboard.

Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO Allard Castelein said: “When I order a book online, I can almost follow the package live. With Boxinsider, we are now presenting a similar solution for containers.

“By developing digital applications, we are making our port even more efficient, safer and more reliable. Solutions like Boxinsider are good examples of this transition and so they are a perfect match with our ambition to be the world’s Smartest Port.”

Netherlands-based ABC Logistics has become one of the ‘launching customers’ of the app.

ABC Logistics account manager Remco Verwaal stated: “Boxinsider gives us – quickly and with minimal effort – a clear picture of the containers that we can expect at the various Rotterdam terminals. It really is a very user-friendly application.”

Boxinsider operates as a stand-alone application and can also be integrated with existing systems.