Melbourne freight efficiency portal contract awarded

The Victorian Minister for Roads and Ports, Tim Pallas, today announced EDS Australia had won the contract to deliver an online portal to improve container movement through the Port of Melbourne.

Mr Pallas said EDS Australia would design, build and operate the Electronic Documentation and Information Transfer system (eDIT), to integrate supply chain information into one simple, online system.

“All companies involved in moving containerised freight will benefit from the efficiencies this portal has to offer,” Mr Pallas said.

“Efficiencies will be gained by streamlining documents and information via the portal, saving time and reducing the need for duplication.” 

The eDIT system will provide a one-stop-shop for key functions such as berth bookings, the arrival and departure of vessels, container status updates and hazardous cargo movements.

“The business of moving freight around the port can be a complex process. We want to simplify this process and allow supply chain members to easily view shipping, transport and freight information,” Mr Pallas said. 

The eDIT program is part of the Victorian Government’s Connect Freight initiative, using information and communications technology based solutions to boost efficiency around the Port of Melbourne.

“The Port of Melbourne is Australia’s leading container port, moving nearly 40 per cent of the nation’s containers,” Mr Pallas said.

“We are very keen to retain our status as Australia’s supply chain capital, and to do this we need to continually improve opportunities for the industry. We believe this technology will assist in speeding-up container movements through the port.

“The 12 month pilot program is available to all members of the Port of Melbourne supply chain system and I encourage them to participate and use this new innovative technology.” 

Global technology services company, EDS has joined the Port of Valencia port authority to replicate the successful integration of the port’s single information portal.

“Since implementing a single information portal, the Port of Valencia has improved the time to process container movements; providing more than $5 Euro in savings per container,” Mr Pallas said.

“Many of the shipping lines that go through the Port of Melbourne also go through the Port of Valencia, so they will be familiar with using this technology.”

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