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.
The tool aims to address the companies’ needs for 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 one mouse click, they can also get in touch with the relevant companies – for instance to request a quote.
“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” says Emile Hoogsteden, Director Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
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.