A pilot project at the Port of Long Beach has launched aimed at enhancing advance planning at the busiest port complex in North America.

Port Optimizer, the two month project being undertaken by GE Transportation and the Port of Longbeach, will see stakeholders use GE's Port Optimizer software to access data that will allow them to move cargo containers more efficiently.

The move will enhance cargo flow as participating terminal operators and other stakeholders receive much improved advance notice of cargo arrival, coordinated with data on the availability of equipment, labour and other resources needed to move that cargo through the supply chain.

Three of the Port's six container terminals are involved – Long Beach Container Terminal, Total Terminals International and International Transportation Service. The system debuted at the Port of Los Angeles last year.

"We welcome the opportunity to have this exciting technology demonstrated here in our Port," said Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero. "We are always searching for new means toward improving operational efficiencies in the supply chain as it moves through this port complex. We look forward to observing Port Optimizer in action."

Long Beach Harbor Commission president, Lou Anne Bynum, says that moving goods more efficiently through this important gateway is the key to accommodating future cargo growth. "The data collected during this pilot at some of our busiest terminals could help to accomplish this, and we look forward to seeing the results."

The capabilities serve many stakeholders across the port complex, including but not limited to marine terminal operators, ocean and motor carriers, railroads and beneficial cargo owners.

"The Harbor Trucking Association is committed to the rapid adoption of technology and digitization of the supply chain," says Weston LaBar, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association. "As we become a proactive, rather than reactive, industry, the Port Optimizer is the key tool that will enable the necessary data visibility and multi-stakeholder systems integrations for these efforts to be successful. This project has the potential to be the single most impactful enhancement to our industry since the adoption of containerization."