Maersk uploads details of global container fleet to BoxTech database
DENMARK's Maersk Line has uploaded the technical details of its entire worldwide container fleet to BoxTech, a database provided by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC).
BoxTech's database now holds details of 7.5 million shipping containers, equivalent to 30 per cent of the global container fleet.
Launched in July 2016, the non-profit BoxTech Technical Characteristics Database has helped hundreds of shippers, forwarders and terminals to digitalise more of their operations. With 1,000 total users, the database is utilised to obtain container weights and sizes, and will soon offer additional functionality such as status and recovery alerts.
The easily integrated and automated system enables a seamless flow of container information between different parties throughout the supply chain, increasing efficiency and reducing manual tasks.
"We strive to simplify and create transparency across our customers - entire supply chains. This digital platform provides our customers ease in complying with industry regulation. In turn, access to precise data on the weight of the loaded container will support our drive towards increased fleet safety," said head of equipment at Maersk Line, Ingrid Uppelschoten-Sneldessrwaard.
Secretary general of the BIC, Douglas Owen, commented: "We're delighted that Maersk Line has uploaded their fleet in support of BoxTech and we are confident that their customers and trading partners will be equally pleased. The enhanced visibility and automated data access improves safety and security, and also means efficiency gains and cost savings right through the supply chain."