Rotterdam, March 16, 2011 - Inland shipping and the whole chain can benefit from the forthcoming collaboration between Portbase and MIS Cobiva (Management Information System Container Inland shipping). Yesterday both parties signed a letter of intent to link the Port Community System of Portbase and the Management Information System MIS Cobiva. The advantages include a more efficient use of vessels, strengthening of the position of inland navigation in the entire chain, security and consolidation of travel and cargo data. The letter of intent has been in effect since March 15, 2011.
MIS-Cobiva stands for Management Information System Container inland shipping). It provides information on various fairway data and GPS information on the location of cargo on modalities as ships and trucks. "By linking this system to our Port Community System we can process, information and cargo flows within the chain in real time and therefore can be better aligned. This gives all parties benefits and solutions to logistical problems. The players in the chain can handle inland vessels more efficient, reliable and durable by adding the actual voyage information.
Furthermore, also port companies (strengthening inland shipping) and governments (better information inland navigation) benefit from the cooperation. All parties optimize their logistics processes and contribute to transparency in the chain. The innovative nature of MIS Cobiva seamlessly incorporates with the aspirations of Portbase. We are very pleased to be working together," says Iwan van der Wolf, Director of Portbase.
According to Anton van Hattem, director of Bulcontrans and chairman of the MIS Cobiva Foundation, a win-win situation is created for all parties. "We are pleased with the intention to cooperate closely with Portbase. Connection to their Port Community System means we can come into contact with its users. And they with us! By teaming voyage dates and loading dates, we can make optimal schedules which in turn save time and increases production. We can also strengthen the position of inland navigation as a reliable partner in the chain. The coming weeks will be used to shape the cooperation further."