Jun 2018

Cargotec Survey Sees Benefits of Collaboration


Port and shipping industry executives are waking up to the benefits of collaboration and transparency, according to a survey undertaken by Cargotec businesses Navis and Xvela.

This growing realisation is leading to more cloud-based exploration and use of collaborative data-sharing platforms to provide the “real-time visibility and connectivity required to improve efficiency and productivity”, according to the findings.

The study, entitled “Working as One,” surveyed 250 shipping industry executives and professionals from terminals, ocean carriers, shippers, logistics providers, consignees, port authorities, vessel owners and other members of the global container supply chain.

A key takeaway was “increasing executive buy-in for greater collaboration and data sharing around end-to-end container planning processes”.

Visibility problems

However, the current lack of visibility in the industry was highlighted as a stumbling block that needs to be addressed.

“Traditionally the ocean shipping industry has been comprised of isolated processes,” said Andy Barrons, chief strategy officer, Navis. “Sailing schedules have not been accurate; as ships would often speed to a terminal, only to wait there because of delays affecting other vessels that, in the absence of real-time data, could not be anticipated.”

XVELA and Navis have developed technology to enable the “simplification and synchronisation of planning processes” across the container flow from stowage planning, to berth-window management, to yard planning, he added.

Mr Barrons confirmed that there are already initial pilot programs in place and ports already looking at collaborative platforms to reduce congestion and remove the unpredictability of the container’s flow through the port.

Common data

Those surveyed agreed on the need for stakeholders to operate with a common set of data (97% important; 85% very important); believed the adoption of new technologies is crucial to enabling real-time collaboration (98% important; over 50% very important); and believed they will see substantial improvement in operational performance once real-time collaboration is achieved (one-third predict gains over 75%; over half expect gains of at least 50%).

However, the survey found that challenges remain when it comes to sharing data in real time with respondents highlighting a lack of industry data standards as the biggest challenge to achieving real-time collaboration. Concerns around data sharing are another obstacle with 51% noting an unwillingness of others to share data as a leading barrier to collaboration and 44% not comfortable sharing their own key data.

The full survey is available now and can be downloaded at: http://navis.com/workingasone.