MSC invests in real-time tracking of its containers

The head of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s second largest containerline, has predicted real-time tracking of all boxes around the globe will happen sooner or later.

MSC is teaming up with tech firm Traxens to equip 50,000 of its dry cargo containers with gadgets to keep better track of individual boxes.

“MSC believes that the real-time tracking of containers is the future of the shipping industry,” said Diego Aponte, president and CEO of MSC Group. “While shipping lines should of course compete on service, we will achieve better results for our customers by working in a more harmonised way on technology and innovation.”

MSC said the solutions provided by Traxens are also likely to facilitate easier and quicker pre-customs clearance for shippers.

“The use of digital technologies like smart containers will bring substantial gains in efficiency, service, security and safety along the entire supply chain. It will also help manage delays and other problems along the supply chain where historically chasing information has been time-consuming and expensive,” MSC stated in a release today.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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