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Kuehne + Nagel expands digital seafreight platform

Steve Rogerson
December 11, 2018

Kuehne + Nagel is expanding its digital seafreight platform Sea Explorer into a smart gateway for all liner services in container shipping.
A path finding algorithm provides coverage between 1200 ports to and from every corner of the world. Realistic lead times on direct services can be compared with announced transit times from carriers.
Data-driven insights unlock possibilities for a more reliable and sustainable seafreight supply chain planning. Full transparency of quality and sustainability for each operating service loop is based on big data technology. And users can leverage real-time service information to make more informed decisions.
Sea Explorer provides digitally enabled service insights to the world’s largest seafreight service network. With the implementation of service connections and trans-shipments, the company is expanding its seafreight platform. Sea Explorer is now offering smart connections between more than 1200 ports around the globe through a pathfinding algorithm. More than 63,000 port pairs are connected either by 750 direct weekly services or by a multitude of trans-shipment options.
“This extension takes Sea Explorer to the next level and complements Kuehne + Nagel’s intelligent seafreight offering,” said Otto Schacht, member of the managing board of Kuehne + Nagel. “It is the smart platform for all liner services in container shipping. With powerful features, like comparing realistic lead times for direct services and an intuitive navigation, customers will be able to unlock new opportunities for their day-to-day operations. For the first time a platform provides full visibility on CO2 emissions across carrier and individual services.
“Also, in the light of the upcoming IMO 2020 regulations, this will enable shippers to contribute towards a green economy and sustainable global maritime transportation. Kuehne + Nagel leverages big data technology capabilities and information from operational system to grant unique insights to sea transport options.”
Users can find, compare and visualise shipment options across carriers. Information on services are validated by more than 200 million data sets per day from multiple sources, such as AIS (automated identification system) and Kuehne + Nagel’s operational systems.
Sea Explorer is an agile project that will be continuously enhanced based on collaboration with users.
Kuehne + Nagel is to acquire Quick Group, a logistics company in the airfreight, seafreight, contract logistics and overland businesses. Quick will continue to provide tailor-made offerings to all the industries it serves and will operate as independent product brands Sterling Aviation, Quickstat, Quick Healthcare and Quick Logistics.