Maersk Line, MCC Transport, OOCL and NYK Line Lead Upsurge in Ocean Carrier Pilot Participation
The first wave of terminal operators and shipping lines have signed on for pilot programs to put the XVELA platform to the test. Organizations that have committed to pilot XVELA to date include terminal operators Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), PSA International (PSA), DP World, Modern Terminals Limited (MTL), and Port of Tanjung Pelepas, along with ocean carriers Maersk Line, MCC Transport, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), and Hapag-Lloyd, who previously announced their agreement to pilot XVELA on February 17, 2016.
“Clearly the industry sees the value to be gained from the real-time information sharing and collaboration capabilities XVELA offers,” said Christopher Mazza, Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, XVELA. “Our latest pilot participants are some of the most technologically advanced and forward-thinking terminal operators and carriers in the industry – they see the possibilities here, and understand both the immediate value and wide-ranging potential of the XVELA platform to improve terminal-carrier cooperation to reduce costs and increase efficiency for both parties.”
Lily Yu, Head of Vessel Stowage for Maersk Line, stated, “Close collaboration between liner and terminal can drive down operating costs by being more efficient. Cloud-based solutions such as XVELA can provide us with the ability to collaborate more closely with our global network of terminals to cut costs and drive efficiencies throughout the supply chain.”
The aim of the pilots is to provide improved, actionable visibility of stowage planning-related information for both terminal operators and shipping lines along with better connectivity between carriers, terminals and partner organizations. This means terminals will be able to access departure stowage plans as ships leave prior terminals, allowing them to allocate resources and resolve potential issues earlier than ever before. Carriers, meanwhile, benefit from increased transparency of terminal operations throughout the stowage process and the ability to share select information in real time with alliance partners. The tangible goals of the pilot program are increased operating efficiency and asset utilization.
Heinrich Goller, Managing Director, Operations of HHLA, stated, “We can work better in all areas if we share available operational information with our partners. This is why we make a significant effort at many points to facilitate the transparent exchange of information. As we continue to prepare for ever-larger container ships, improved information-sharing and communication with ocean carriers and other terminals is crucial to successfully managing the increasing complexity of stowage planning operations. This is the promise of XVELA’s platform, and we are looking forward to learning more about the solution through the pilot, and seeing the benefits we can gain through the use of the solution as it continues to develop.”
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