Peak Season Port Performance in Europe

The months leading up to the winter holidays are usually the busiest period for maritime transportation. Increased vessel capacity and port activities can impact operations. This month, CargoSmart examined and compared the performance of the top five container ports in Europe—Algeciras, Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, and Rotterdam. We analyzed vessel arrival delays, berth times, and the number and size of berthed vessels of 29 ocean carriers from August 1 through October 31, 2017 at the ports. Read More…

30% of Global Sailing Schedules Are Incomplete

Obtaining Timely and Accurate Schedules

To manage your supply chain effectively, having accurate sailing schedules is one of the critical success factors. However, obtaining timely and accurate schedule data is not easy. In ocean transportation, sailing schedules change frequently. In addition, ocean carriers often do not provide the actual vessel arrival or departure times in their published sailing and vessel schedules.

In fact, from August to October 2017, 30% of global schedules among 30 major ocean carriers were missing actual arrival or departure times. Taking a closer look at each trade, the intra-North America trade had the highest percentage of schedules missing actual arrival and departure data, with 44% of the schedules missing data. The Europe-Oceania trade had the lowest percentage of schedules missing actual arrival and departure data, with 19% of the schedules missing data. Read More…

4 Ways IoT Technology Elevates Your Visibility

In the supply chain, you can apply the Internet of Things (IoT) to processes throughout the product lifecycle. Using sensors, you can track your goods from the raw materials warehouse to the retail store and beyond to improve supply chain visibility.

What does next generation supply chain visibility IoT technology offer? First, your visibility can be down to individual goods, such as at the SKU level. Second, you can have direct access and control over data about the status of your goods. Last, you can have more accurate forecasting with predictive analytics for inventory and schedules. Read More…

APM Terminals: Vessel Arrivals in Last 48 Hours

Terminal data is now available on the Live Incident Monitoring Dashboard, which provides updates about terminal and vessel information following the June 27 cyber attack. In addition to tracking the location of vessels, you may drill down into the port and terminal details to see the number of vessel arrivals and departures by day over the past two weeks based on AIS (live vessel monitoring) data. The dashboard is updated every four hours.

As of 12pm UTC, June 30, 2017, most APM Terminals have a steady flow of vessels. 9 APM Terminals have not had vessel arrivals in the last 48 hours. However, it may be the case that some terminals are less busy and it is normal to have no vessel arrivals in two days. On the other hand, the terminals in Castello de la Plana, Mobile, and St Petersburg should have more vessel arrivals when we compare the figures to their 14-day averages.

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Cyber Attack: 73% of Vessels Running Normally

On June 27, a cyber attack hit The Maersk Group and impacted its operations around the world. Several APM Terminals were affected, including its terminals in Los Angeles, New York-New Jersey, and Rotterdam that closed for the day.

We are monitoring the situation and its impact on vessels heading to APM Terminals and on the schedules of vessels operated by Maersk. The dashboard shows vessel locations and each vessel’s ETA at its next scheduled port based on AIS (live vessel monitoring) data. We found that about 73% of Maersk’s vessels are running normally, over 5 knots per hour. Track the affected vessels’ live positions and latest schedules at