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More about "Eco-Trips"

Computer applications can support operations planning to make informed decisions in highly complex scenarios - like shipping. Based on extensive data that describe the performance of vessels, ports and the expected cargo flow, an optimization routine can find feasible vessel-rotations that reduce production costs significantly.

The design of a liner service usually starts with very pragmatic elements like terminal slots, vessels, strategic alliances - and evolves towards a commercially viable service by imposing cost-efficiency criteria. In this phase we suggest complementing the process with an effective planning software that helps to evolve the rotation towards a cost-optimal design.

And Eco-Trips provides just this interface between your knowledge, engineering, and IT.

What's the Big Idea?

Heart of Eco-Trips is a mathematical cost model for liner operations providing

  • optimal rotations:
    as the result of a computational cost-minimization that accounts for bunker fuel, terminal handling charges, canal cost, etc.
  • cost efficiency:
    by a detailed rotation introspective of cost patterns and a sensitivity analysis of design variables.
  • decision support:
    by revealing the cost of present constraints (terminal slots, vessel performance, transshipments, ...)
  • competitiveness:
    by assessing numerous different solutions under criteria as key-account satisfaction, reefer transport performance, capacity constraints, etc.
  • expertise:
    by gradually expanding your knowledge of the impact of contractual constraints, vessel performance, terminal productivity and cost drivers with each simulation and optimization run.

More details

Eco-Trips provides support for strategic and operational decisions of container liner operators. It delivers a cost model for a sling that includes the operator's capex, opex, voyage cost, terminal handling charges, terminal productivity, canals and route sections. It derives cost-optimal service speeds, transshipment strategies and cargo deliveries - eliminating guesswork where evidence is available.

Eco-Trips supports related stakeholders as tonnage providers in delivering the ship performance to optimally serve a certain class of trades. It supports terminals to understand, how their handling charges make them an attractive choice as a hub in a given liner network.

To our knowledge, Eco-Trips is a one-of-a-kind application: a product with a similar scope does not exist for maritime transports.

As a simulation and optimization tool, it allows you to "play" with scenarios for market conditions, ship performance, cargo-volumes, and external cost. It aims to enable line managers to better handle the extreme complexity of their task, reduce the totaled cost for slings and deliver better services to your customers.