The Port Authority of Valencia, which trades under the name of Valenciaport, is the public body responsible for running and managing three state-owned ports along an 80km stretch of the Mediterranean coast in Eastern Spain: Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía.
The port of Valencia is the first and last port of call for regular shipping lines operating in the Western Mediterranean. As a hub for the entire Western Mediterranean, the port efficiently distributes goods over a radius of 2,000km, both in southern EU countries and in North Africa, representing a huge market of 270 million consumers. It is a port highly specialized in the traffic of containerized merchandise that also attends to other traffics such as liquid and solid bulk and ro-ro cargo. It also manages regular passenger and merchandise traffic with the Balearic Islands, and receives a large number of cruise ships annually in its facilities.
Roughly the most important figures in 2019 for the port of Valencia were around 81 million tonnes of total traffic; 7900 calls vessel; five and a half million of containers (TEU); 1.113.000 passengers and 723.000 vehicles.
In terms of container throughput in 2019 was the fifth port of Europe, the second of the Mediterranean and the first of Spain.
From 1st July 2016it is mandatory as a condition of loading a full container on a ship for export, that the container has a verified the gross weight. The shipper became the responsible for obtaining the verified gross weight of a full container and communicating it to the shipping company. The weight estimation is not allowed, so the loader needs to weigh it, or arrange for a third party to weigh the full container.
In Spain there are two documents required for the transport of goods by road: the consignment note and the control document. The characteristics of these documents and the existing regulation up to now were hindering the possibility to move from physical paper documents to digital documents to be used during the transport execution. Recently, the regulation has changed to support both a digital consignment notes and a digital control document.
Shipping lines are the owners of hundreds of thousands of containers spread around the world that are handled by container terminals and road haulier companies and used by their clients to load and discharge goods. In this scenario, it is difficult to know the status and real-time location of containers, and to provide a secure, immediate and reliable access to data distributed among a wide set of systems, also complying with all confidentiality and data protection requirements needed.
Goods tracking is required in order to allow customers to know the location of each good in real-time so that they can manage transportation properly, take appropriate actions in case of delays and receive a better service from transport and logistics providers.
Several companies are involved in the container transport supply chain, which become data providers, and provide data governance and data sharing rules in order to support electronic transport documents. They are providing operational events that can be used by other entities for improving their services. The use of advanced big data analytics for transport operations will also give the potential to better predict and update the estimated time of arrival (ETA) of the different transport movements.
Benefits that will be obtained by implementing the use case:
The advantages of the proposed scenarios are:
- Share the needed data or documents among different entities in a secure way
- Ensure the data transactions
- Availability of digital legal documentation
- Digital assets location (i.e. containers)
- Better predict and update the estimated time of arrival
- Fundacion ValenciaPort: Data provider and integrator
- Prodevelop: Data provider, integrator and developer
- UPV: Integrator and developer
- Traxens: Smart assets Data and Services provider
- ITI: Integrator and developer
- Everis: providing the environment for the secure and reliable sharing of data
- VisualTrans: third party acting as Data provider and integrator