Rotterdam enhances the role of rail between the port and its hinterland
RAIL has become increasingly important for moving cargo between the Port of Rotterdam and the port authority has launched OnTrack to make it even more so
RAIL has become increasingly important for moving cargo between the Port of Rotterdam and the port authority has launched OnTrack to make it even more so.
OnTrack was developed and tested with a number of different market parties under the project name HAROLD, the application will be taken into use by nearly every carrier and terminal in the Port of Rotterdam.
The application can also be rolled out to other ports in the Netherlands and abroad, should parties be interested in taking advantage of this new solution.
This device offers real-time insight into rail freight flows within the Port of Rotterdam and the handling thereof at the terminals.
OnTrack meets the needs of the terminals and carriers. This tool will raise efficiency of their planning process and anticipate schedule deviations more effectively.
To further optimise transport of cargo by rail between the port and the hinterland, the relevant market parties need more insight into the planning and status information of rail freight flows and the handling thereof at the terminals.
At present, most terminals use their own planning system and standards for rail transport and most of the relevant information is exchanged by telephone or email.
The new OnTrack application combines data of the various parties in the rail chain and enriches it with smart business algorithms.
Carriers can use OnTrack to gain insight into specific freight handling at the terminal. The application shows the number of containers or cars that have been loaded or unloaded and when the operation is finished.
'Deviations from the scheduled timeslot immediately become apparent - in other words, the carrier no longer has to rely on various websites or telephone calls for updates,' said the port authority press release.