What is happening: The Port of Long Beach carried out a 2-month pilot of the Port Optimizer by GE Transportation. A press release concluded that results were positive, but are now pending review by the Board of Commissioners. The Port Optimizer aims to improve cargo flow.
Positives: The Port Optimizer is said to have sped up access of information by 14 days, as well as improving turn times, increasing throughput and more productive turns.
Port Optimizer: GE Transportation want the Port Optimizer to be seen as a home base for everyone to use, including shippers, dispatchers, terminal operators, and equipment suppliers. GE have already trialled the system in LA and are now working with the port to get every stakeholder there using it.
What did Weston LaBar, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association say: “On a typical day, a trucker/dispatcher will need to access more than 40 websites to facilitate their operations in the port. This system will aggregate data from all stakeholders, condense it in one single access point, and allow truckers to begin planning their operations at least 10 days in advance of containers being ready for pick-up.”