OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--XVELA, creators of the world’s first cloud-based vessel stowage and collaboration platform for ocean carriers and terminal operators, announced today that a wave of new terminal operators and shipping lines have signed on for pilot programs to put the XVELA platform to the test. Organizations that have committed to pilot XVELA to date include:
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), which operates three high-performance terminals in Hamburg and one in Odessa, Ukraine,
PSA International (PSA), one of the world’s largest terminal operators and owner of the world’s largest transshipment hub in Singapore,
DP World, with a portfolio of 70 terminals in 31 countries across six continents,
Modern Terminals Limited (MTL), the second largest terminal operator in Hong Kong,
Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia’s most advanced terminal, strategically located at the confluence of the main east-west shipping lanes,
Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company
MCC Transport (MCC), a key regional specialist handling all Intra–Asia containerized cargo for the Maersk Group,
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), one of the world's largest integrated international container transportation and logistics companies and one of the leading international carriers serving China,
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), one of the top ocean carriers in the world, with headquarters in Tokyo,
and Hapag-Lloyd, who announced their agreement to pilot XVELA on February 17, 2016.
“Clearly the industry sees the value to be gained from the real-time information sharing and collaboration capabilities XVELA offers,” said Christopher Mazza, Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, XVELA. “Our latest pilot participants are some of the most technologically advanced and forward-thinking terminal operators and carriers in the industry – they see the possibilities here, and understand both the immediate value and wide-ranging potential of the XVELA platform to improve terminal-carrier cooperation to reduce costs and increase efficiency for both parties.”
Lily Yu, Head of Vessel Stowage for Maersk Line, stated, “Close collaboration between liner and terminal can drive down operating costs by being more efficient. Cloud-based solutions such as XVELA can provide us with the ability to collaborate more closely with our global network of terminals to cut costs and drive efficiencies throughout the supply chain.”
The aim of the pilots is to provide improved, actionable visibility of stowage planning-related information for both terminal operators and shipping lines along with better connectivity between carriers, terminals and partner organizations. This means terminals will be able to access departure stowage plans as ships leave prior terminals, allowing them to allocate resources and resolve potential issues earlier than ever before. Carriers, meanwhile, benefit from increased transparency of terminal operations throughout the stowage process and the ability to share select information in real time with alliance partners. The tangible goals of the pilot program are increased operating efficiency and asset utilization.
Heinrich Goller, Managing Director, Operations of HHLA, stated, “We can work better in all areas if we share available operational information with our partners. This is why we make a significant effort at many points to facilitate the transparent exchange of information. As we continue to prepare for ever-larger container ships, improved information-sharing and communication with ocean carriers and other terminals is crucial to successfully managing the increasing complexity of stowage planning operations. This is the promise of XVELA’s platform, and we are looking forward to learning more about the solution through the pilot, and seeing the benefits we can gain through the use of the solution as it continues to develop.”
Given the breadth of participants in the pilot program and the diversity of planning solutions currently in use across the organizations, it is key that XVELA is both a TOS-agnostic and stowage software-agnostic platform. A complete set of APIs, currently under development, will enable interoperability with any viable terminal operating system or stowage planning software.
Robert Inchausti, Chief Technology Officer, XVELA stated, “We know that widespread acceptance is essential to the success of a collaboration platform, so we are designing XVELA to work with the optimization tools that carriers and terminals are already using. The XVELA platform supports these tools by providing more information with more accurate, higher quality data in a much more timely manner, and by allowing terminals and carriers to easily share select information with partners and other relevant parties.”
Clive Van Onselen, Chief Operating Officer, MCC Transport stated, “In the fast-paced Intra-Asia region, operational agility is critical to success, and we believe that collaborating with terminal operators through solutions like XVELA offers the potential to greatly increase our agility and efficiency. We are eager to learn more about the solution through the pilot.”
Ocean carriers and terminal operators know that efficiencies can be gained, waste eliminated and revenue increased through better collaboration on vessel stowage planning and execution. But the tools and incentives to change business processes have been lacking—until now.
XVELA is a new company that utilizes the legacy of Navis PowerStow vessel stowage solution to provide a transformative, cloud-based collaboration platform and network for ocean carriers and terminal operators. XVELA enables its users to easily connect and coordinate vessel stowage planning and execution activities, resulting in reduced vessel operation and terminal costs and improved utilization of critical crane, vessel and manpower resources. For more information, visit www.xvela.com.