Nijman/Zeetank launches pilot with tracking equipment on tank containers
It is increasingly common for our customers to ask for the real-time locations of our tank containers. That is why Nijman/Zeetank has decided to equip all tank containers with devices that continuously transmit the location of the tank container. The current state of technology with improved battery capacity and solar cells on the devices makes this application cost-effective and practically possible today. To ensure successful implementation, a pilot needs first to be conducted with 80 tank containers. After a successful pilot, the entire fleet of tank containers will be equipped with tracking devices.
The pilot will mainly focus on the integration capabilities with our own logistics systems. This is particularly important because the tracking information is automatically transmitted to our customers’ systems. The integration with providers of generic logistics tracking systems such as P44, 4Kites, etc., is also key in this regard. With this solution, our customers aim to provide better information to their own customers and save on costs; after all, this means less communication in terms of phone calls or emails are needed in the logistics chain.
As well as looking at added value for our customers, we are also looking at internal improvements at Nijman/Zeetank. With real-time information, we hope to deploy our tank containers even more efficiently. This significantly reduces the dependence on timely and sometimes late information from the many external parties in intermodal transport which can prevent incorrect scheduling decisions based on outdated information.
After the pilot in 2022, Nijman/Zeetank aims to equip its entire tank container fleet with real-time tracking devices by 2023.