Currently, container flow is characterized by its fragmented and complex nature, due to the high number of operational processes and the lack of efficient coordination and communication between the actors involved in the value chain.
According to studies and published documents, the logistics sector needs to improve the level of connectivity, transparency and visibility among involved parties, mainly within ports. On the other hand, the need to improve the communication and quality of data being distributed among logistics agents is highlighted. Currently, information moves horizontally, peer-to-peer. Data is not updated in real time and is inconsistent, and there are multiple gaps of information along the value chain.
In this context, the pilot project has the following objectives:
- To optimize port logistic operating processes along the container value chain in Algeciras Port with the end purpose of accelerating the passage of containers;
- Improve the visibility and traceability of the merchandise in the Port and its logistic chain.
These objectives will be achieved by implementing and applying the Port Collaborative Decision Making concept. The concept has demonstrated high potential, both at Algeciras Port through the PitStop Operations project and in other ports and transport infrastructures. The concept provides benefits to the entire Port Community in terms of coordination and operational planning.
Within the scope of the project, the development and implementation of a prototype that standardizes data and events in real time is proposed. The prototype is a collaborative platform for the actors and stakeholders that influence the container value chain at Algeciras port. Consequently, it contributes to better decision making.
The stakeholders that are taken into account for this pilot project are ports and terminals, shipping companies, customs and authorities, freight forwarders, customs agents, logistics providers, carriers, importers/exporters, shippers, terminal operators, inland terminal operators, etc.
In conclusion, assuming that the technology itself is not a limitation, new paradigms based on end-to-end integration need to be discovered to improve short- and medium-term planning and thus optimize the throughput of merchandise along the value chain.
The desired result is a viable minimum product or prototype of a web/cloud based collaborative data and event platform for the container value chain that passes through Algeciras Port.
The development of this pilot project together with the possible future implementation of a collaborative platform would require achieving the following objectives:
- Capturing the most relevant data and events. It is necessary to standardize, simplify and focus on the events that provide continuity to the logistics chain.
- Integrating, sharing and transmittingthe most relevant information and news to interested parties. This emphasizes the need for a shared data platform that allows the different operational management platforms to link and communicate in a standardized and direct way.
- Optimizing and improving the efficiency of the port logistic processesthat take place along the container value chain (end-to-end). That is, to accelerate the passage of merchandise to the final importer/exporter through Algeciras Port.