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The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched OnTrack; an application for real-time insight into rail freight flows within the port and the handling of cargo at its terminals. It presented the application to the public at the Freight & Terminal Forum, during the conference Improving Rail Terminal Efficiency.
Over 250 international rail connections run to and from the port of Rotterdam. 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, explained Arno Larooij, product lead at the port authority.
Use of OnTrack
To further optimise transport of cargo by rail between the Port of Rotterdam 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, the port authority argues.
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 time slot immediately become apparent – in other words, the carrier no longer has to rely on various websites or telephone calls for updates.
Terminal operators in the Port of Rotterdam can use OnTrack to gain a better insight into the expected and actual departure times of trains calling on their facilities. OnTrack’s real-time notifications allow all parties to anticipate on deviations more effectively, and consequently optimise the deployment of personnel and capacity. In the near future, OnTrack will also be made available to rail operators and inland terminals.
OnTrack was developed and extensively tested in partnership with a number of different market parties under the project name HAROLD. This month, the application will be taken into use by nearly every carrier and terminal involved in the transportation of cargo via the Port of Rotterdam. The application can also be rolled out to other ports in the Netherlands and abroad, Larooij explained. “We do not want to keep this for ourselves. We want to share the information with others as well.”
At the same conference, a similar application was presented by An Cant, business solutions architect at the Port of Antwerp. The tool is called the Rail Traffic System (RTS), a web application used to optimise communication between all the parties involved in rail transport. :The main functionality of the first version is planning and real time monitoring of trains. Railway undertakings can reserve a terminal slot via RTS”, Cant explained.
This article first appeared on www.railfreight.com
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