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Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Maximizes Vessel Space Utilization with Quintiq Cargo Planning Solution

October 13, 2010 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Each year Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), one of the leading providers of global factory-to-dealer transport solutions, transports more than 4.3 million vehicles and 350 tons of complex cargo - rail cars, power generators, and mining equipment - between ports in all five continents. Optimizing vessel space utilization on each of these trips is one of WWL's key challenges.

This complex task requires balancing customer commitments with diverse cargos available for pickup at multiple ports, different types of vessels, and last-minute changes due to the dynamic nature of the spot cargo market. The Quintiq solution enables 15 planners spread among five global offices to efficiently manage large data volumes and maximize the utilization of WWL's vessels.

Eliminating Manual Cargo Planning and Standardizing Processes
WWL's short-term planning process begins with input from global customer care representatives regarding the expected cargo that should be loaded and unloaded at different ports. Based on this input, planners allocate cargo to specific vessels. While planning starts 90 days in advance, most of it is performed in the two to three weeks before vessel departure. Prior to implementation of the Quintiq solution, cargo allocation was handled manually, using various tools, such as spreadsheets and multiple in-house applications.