Some 90% of the world’s trade tonnage is carried by ship, and containers represent 70% of total maritime trade by value. Significant savings can therefore be achieved by even minor planning improvements. Alongside the generic Quintiq planning capabilities of Designing Optimal Fleet Network, Capacity Optimization and Voyage Scheduling & Revision Management, it is also crucial to take into account the vessel and equipment specifications and restrictions in order to optimize container transports.
Vessel and Container Specifications and Restrictions
Containers exist in different types, formats and weights, and need special requirements (IMO) or care (Reefer plugs). Every container has a different destination and contractual lead-time. This represents a complex logistical puzzle. Quintiq supports container liners by optimally combining bookings and using the capacity of your vessels more efficiently, leading to higher productivity thus shipping same volumes with fewer vessels. Combined with energy-saving initiatives, this can lead to significant cost savings and lower CO2 emissions.
Quintiq supports container liner providers in overcoming the planning difficulties inherent to container shipping by providing the tools for improved management and control. By globally optimizing full and empty container flows in combination with vessel utilization and stock-level optimization, Quintiq helps reduce transportation costs, increase capacity, and minimize operational costs. Equally important, Quintiq helps to improve service levels by giving you the flexibility to deal with last-minute changes and to mitigate their effect on the supply chain.
Inland Intermodal Distribution & Optimization
Quintiq offers an integrated intermodal transport planning solution that enables logistics and supply chain departments to optimize the transport flow of their bookings by combining modalities while respecting service levels and maintaining low costs. All possible modality and leg combinations (end-to-end) can be compared based on cost, available capacity, service levels and timetables. And because all your bookings are now planned in a single planning solution, Quintiq also enables you to include the repositioning of empty resources using multiple transport modes to minimize costs across your operation and supply chain.