The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched ‘Navigate’ at the Transport Logistic Fair in Munich. The beta version of this online tool contains deep-sea and short-sea schedules connecting to 550 ports worldwide, as well as rail and barge connections between Rotterdam and more than 150 European inland terminals. “This makes Navigate the most comprehensive route planner of its kind, enabling users to find an efficient route from A to B via Rotterdam in just a few mouse clicks”, says Emile Hoogsteden, Director Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Emile Hoogsteden: “Navigate has been developed especially for companies seeking smarter ways to plan their container transports.” Based on the chosen point of departure and the desired destination, the route planner presents various options and for each route it provides an overview of the available connections to the hinterland destination by sea and by rail or barge. Users can then select the option that suits them best, based on modality and expected transit time. And in just one mouse click they can also get in touch with the relevant companies – for instance to request a quote.
Transparent supply chain
“But Navigate offers more”, Emile Hoogsteden adds. “For example, it also contains a business directory of more than 1,500 companies operating in and around the port of Rotterdam. The central access window makes it easy for users to search, compare and contact those companies – from shippers to cold stores.” Navigate furthermore has an empty depot tool, showing per inland terminal for which shipping companies empty containers can be collected or dropped off. This reduces unnecessary and costly transport of empty containers. With its multiple functionalities Navigate brings more transparency to the supply chain.
Navigate is a dynamic tool which is constantly being improved. Emile Hoogsteden: “This beta version is a good first step. We hope that market parties will also be excited about it and give us feedback that we can use to further improve this tool.” The Port Authority’s next step will be to provide more insight into the carbon footprint of container transport. And shortly Navigate will also contain real-time data on the Estimated Times of Arrival and Departure (ETA and ETD) of sea-going vessels. Emile Hoogsteden: “Our ambition is to keep adding more operational data, so that Navigate will become an increasingly valuable tool to improve efficiency in the supply chain.”
The development of Navigate fits in with the objective of the Port of Rotterdam Authority to improve the port’s competitive position through digitisation. By mapping out all connections via Rotterdam, the Port Authority has made it as easy as possible to organise the logistics chain via the port of Rotterdam. Digitisation furthermore contributes to increasing the reliability and efficiency of the logistics process. And that will also benefit the port’s competitive position.
Navigate includes shortsea and deepsea schedules from 550 ports worldwide and all rail and barge connections between Rotterdam and more than 150 European inland terminals. This makes Navigate the most complete route planner of its kind.