June 6, 2019: Port of Rotterdam Authority's application Navigate is now live in ports of Gdansk, Germany and Sohar, Oman. This makes the intermodal online route planner operational in Europe and the Middle East.

Launched in 2017, Navigate enables importers and exporters to select the best transport options for containers they want to ship, provides insight into connections and companies, and into ports. It also contains an online port information guide, that facilitates easy contact with the companies operating in the port.

Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “The development of this application and its roll-out to other ports fits in our ambition to make the Port of Rotterdam the smartest port in the world. Taking the lead in the digital transformation will make the Port of Rotterdam more efficient, reliable and competitive. Cooperating in this with other ports also optimises the potential of digital solutions. The more ports use Navigate, the more valuable the application becomes.”

Apart from providing a total overview of the most efficient deep sea and short sea connections of 550 ports in the world, Navigate links them to the available rail and inland shipping connections.

Anacin Kum, CEO of Hutchison Ports Sohar: “Navigate has been developed especially for companies seeking smarter ways to plan their container transports. The launch of this tool is a good first step and we are excited about its role in the global logistics market. With the addition of more operational data, Sohar Navigate will become an increasingly valuable resource to improve efficiency within the supply chain. It will also provide visible and convenient options for importer and exporter groups in Oman and beyond, who generally rely on logistic providers.”

Among the features are the ‘empty depot planner’ which shows where empty containers can be collected and deposited. The online port information guide gives insight into the companies operating in the port area.

Lukasz Greinke, president of the board of the port of Gdansk Authority, said: “Navigate is one of these sophisticated smart solutions that will set the standard for the years to come. The genius of this application lies in its simplicity. It will allow our clients to connect, compare and explore the entire supply chain faster than ever – and that is exactly what we want to provide.”

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