Data unifier and aggregator GateHouse Logistics has announced that it has launched a new cloud service to provide valuable real-time tracking of loads port-to-port. Destined for manufacturers, cargo owners, logistic service providers, container owners and all other players in the supply chain, the cloud service called ghVessel collects vessel AIS (Automatic Identification System) broadcast signals from satellite and land-based systems to calculate estimated time of vessel arrivals of loads at sea.
According to the latest statistics on the world’s merchant fleet from research firm Statista, 51,405 vessels trade internationally. Of these, general cargo ships are the second most common type of ship and account for around 20% of the global merchant fleet … approximately 11,000 vessels.
The new GateHouse cloud service is a smart but simple tool to use. Knowing the name of a vessel carrying a specific load, its arrival time at a port can be shown at anytime and anywhere on a ghVessel arrival board. By simply matching the vessel and a load, logistics providers will be able to view the location in near real-time and to calculate an ETA at the next port. The ghVessel service calculates next-port ETA based on years of historical data and typical vessel behavior combined with information found in the AIS transmission.
“Traditional ocean freight Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) often has days of latency between transmissions and is no longer fit for the dynamic logistics industry,” says Jesper Bennike, CEO, GateHouse Logistics. “ghVessel brings immediacy and transparency of load data to ocean freight logistics.”