CargoSmart Launches Big Schedules Search Engine
CargoSmart Limited, a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking, has announced Big Schedules, a new sailing schedule search platform that helps shippers and logistics service providers manage and visualize their ocean routes.
Big Schedules actively sources ocean carriers’ published sailing schedules and live vessel location data in order to provide personalized search results for faster and greater insights to improve their shipment planning. The new, free sailing schedule search engine is available on the website.
During the US West Coast severe port congestion that occurred over the last year, shippers struggled to obtain the latest sailing schedules to make bookings and communicate updates to receiving parties. Despite port congestion improving, over five million sailing schedule changes around the globe occurred in the month of May 2015 alone. Not having the latest schedules can have a costly impact including inaccurate bookings, increased demurrage charges, and missed container cut-off times.
Big Schedules uses a new methodology to deliver up-to-date sailing schedules. The search engine sources schedule data from multiple sources on-demand and displays it in a fast, flexible platform. Its scope includes 30 major ocean carriers, over 46,000 port pairs, and nearly 5,000 vessel services that cover 90% of the world’s container capacity.
The new sailing schedule platform helps shipment parties link sailing schedules with vessel, service, and shipment information to provide a single view of their ocean schedules and to visualize shipment routes. The intelligent features include:
- Live Data – From on-demand queries to current vessel locations, schedule data is updated continuously so that users have the latest published schedules available.
- Visualization – The search results display the vessel’s current location on a map for users to see if a vessel is on track to meet its schedule and to improve planning.
- Personalization – The platform remembers users’ recent searches, saved favorite searches, and the overall top port-pair searches to make recommendations to search faster and save time.
- Insights – In addition to comparing schedules and actual vessel locations, users can look up schedule reliability percentages and average delay deviations by carrier for five popular port-pairs to gauge the chances of on-time arrivals.