Maersk joins BoxTech container database

Maersk Line has said it has uploaded data on its entire container fleet to BoxTech to enable a seamless flow of container information between different parties throughout the supply chain, increasing efficiency and reducing manual tasks, said by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC).

According to BIC, the database provider, Maersk Line is one of the latest companies to benefit the database following the upload of their entire worldwide container fleet.

“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. Maersk Line is one of the latest companies to benefit, following the upload of their entire worldwide container fleet,” BIC said in a statement.

Speaking on the technology, Ingrid Uppelschoten-Snelderwaard, Head of Equipment at Maersk Line, said “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.”

Douglas Owen, Secretary General of the BIC 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.”

An initial file of container fleet technical details can be uploaded by a CSV template, with further data uploads added via automated via APIs. “With 2 of the top 3 global carriers, and 2 of the top 4 leasing companies now having loaded their fleets in BoxTech, shippers are beginning to experience just how beneficial such a database can be,” added Owen. “More fleets are being added all the time, and the closer we get to the entire global fleet, the more the industry benefits from BoxTech”.

With Maersk onboard, the BoxTech database now holds details of more than 7.5 million shipping containers, approximately 30% of the global container fleet. Since it was launched in 2016 the non-profit BoxTech Technical Characteristics Database has been accessed by more than 1000 users to obtain container weights and sizes, and will soon offer additional functionality such as status and recovery alerts.

 

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