Friday, August 2, 2019

New Software for Long Beach Container Terminal

By Karen Robes Meeks

To improve workflow between terminals and trucking firms, marine terminal operator Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) has developed “Application Programming Interfaces” or APIs, LBCT President Anthony Otto announced earlier this week.

The new program – vetted and validated on LBCT’s proprietary Trucker Portal website – enables integrated data between trucking companies and terminal operators to flow more efficiently, allowing for short truck turn times.

“Benefits of the new platform include automatic creation of appointments as soon as containers become available, automatic cancellation of appointments that cannot be kept allowing for that time slot to be made available to other truckers and automatic grouping of appointments to facilitate dual transactions,” according to LBCT.

Other elements to make new APIs available is in the works, allowing LBCT to push data out to the Truck Management System. This move would do away with a truck driver’s need to give information on container and seal numbers, delivery and reception times and other data.

“LBCT continues to be an industry leader in working with the drayage community to realize greater efficiencies that impact the entire port ecosystem,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.