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  August 20th, 2018 | Written by

GE Transportation technology pilot project begins at POLB

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  • Over two months, POLB stakeholders will use GE software to help move containers more efficiently.
  • GE’s Port Optimizer enhances cargo flow with improved data on cargo arrival and availability of equipment and labor.
  • “Moving goods more efficiently through this important gateway is the key to accommodating future cargo growth.”

A pilot project between GE Transportation and the Port of Long Beach to enhance advance planning at the busiest port complex in North America is officially underway. Over the next two months, stakeholders across the port will use GE’s Port Optimizer software to access data that will allow them to move cargo containers more efficiently.

Port Optimizer enhances cargo flow as participating terminal operators and other stakeholders receive much improved advance notice of cargo arrival, coordinated with data on the availability of equipment, labor and other resources needed to move that cargo through the supply chain.

Three of the Port’s six container terminals are involved: Long Beach Container Terminal, Total Terminals International, and International Transportation Service. The system debuted at the Port of Los Angeles last year.

“Moving goods more efficiently through this important gateway is the key to accommodating future cargo growth,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Lou Anne Bynum. “The data collected during this pilot at some of our busiest terminals could help to accomplish this, and we look forward to seeing the results.”

“We welcome the opportunity to have this exciting technology demonstrated here in our Port,” added Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “We are always searching for new means toward improving operational efficiencies in the supply chain as it moves through this port complex. We look forward to observing Port Optimizer in action.”

GE be piloting its product’s core capabilities around advanced visibility and planning in Long Beach, and will also be launching some Long Beach-centric functionality, such as marine terminal operator and landside transportation integrations for better planning and gate transactions. These capabilities serve many stakeholders across the port complex, noted Jen Schopfer, general manager of transport logistics for GE Transportation, including marine terminal operators, ocean and motor carriers, railroads, and shippers.

The Harbor Trucking Association “is committed to the rapid adoption of technology and digitization of the supply chain,” said Weston LaBar, HTA’s CEO. “As we become a proactive, rather than reactive, industry, the Port Optimizer is the key tool that will enable the necessary data visibility and multi-stakeholder systems integrations for these efforts to be successful. This project has the potential to be the single most impactful enhancement to our industry since the adoption of containerization.”