Sri Lanka port terminal mobile app to track containers
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Chinese-run Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) said it had launched a mobile app to keep track of containerised cargo, giving customers a new level of convenience and sophistication.
CICT’s ‘eZPort’ app for smartphones enables users to access key information on the despatch and arrival of containers from and to the CICT-managed South Terminal of the Port of Colombo, a statement said.
“Access to all of this information via a smartphone is a significant advancement in convenience over the existing on-line access,” CICT Chief Executive Ray Ren said.
He said the envisaged evolution of CICT eZPort would encompass mobile booking in phase II, mobile payments in phase III and personalised customer services in phase IV.
He added that eZPort is also intended to provide business intelligence and paperless solutions to CICT customers in addition to efficient information access and real-time terminal services.
In its first phase, the new app provides information such as vessel schedule which includes information on vessel name and voyage, Estimated Time of Arrival, Estimated Time of Berth and Estimated Time of Completion.
It also gives Full Container Load opening time, status and position of the truck, and demurrage and storage charges due.
In May, CICT introduced ‘e- Boat Notes’ in collaboration with Sri Lanka Customs, in efforts to reduce paper in export documentation.
CICT, which commenced full operations in April 2014, is part of China Merchants Holdings International, the world’s second largest global terminal operator by throughput.
(COLOMBO, July 01, 2016)