Our service "eco-trips" is a decision support
application for container line operators. Heart of eco-trips is
an origin-destination transport model which accounts for vessel & terminal characteristics, cost and time lines.
It delivers cost optimal rotation schedules and cargo-routing - giving
operations planning increasing leeway to improve cost efficiency.
The model draws on database descriptions of vessel performance, capacity (TEU, DWT, reefer power) and terminal productivity.
It incorporates an extensive network of ports, tracks and canals including cost and access constraints.
For given cargo volumes, eco-trips "simulates" the production process employing specific vessels, allowing for a comprehensive
cost, quality and feasibility analysis.
Fig: Vessels, terminals and cargo enter "eco-trips"; cost, schedules and cargo routing are results. The cost diagrams show two production variants (A,B) of a Latin America ⇔ Northern Europe trade using seven identical ships between 12 ports; the variants differ in voyage cost by 18%.
This makes eco-trips a key-application for operations management:
it helps to understand the mechanisms behind least-cost solutions and it supports "what-if" approaches by providing
answers to complex scenarios - fast, cost-efficient, reliable and transparent.
Questions as to the impact of
cargo volume variations, fuel cost increases and changes in terminal productivity are trivial to answer.
Still eco-trips is a straight tool kit which integrates basic business logic into one application by accounting e.g. for
Compared to spread-sheet solutions, eco-trips has its
strengths in consistent data-models and transparent data-management,
roles and rights concepts for team work approaches and a state of the art solver that provides lowest
cost bounds for each transport mission.
- fuel consumption as function of vessel speed and draught,
- auxiliary power cost depending on reefer energy consumption,
- terminal handling charges and time for each cargo move.
Its value lies in seamlessly cross-linking the many different drivers of liner economics.
eco-trips: your benefits
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- fast, efficient and reliable operations management
- transparent data-management that helps operators capitalize on their knowledge base (noon reports, bunker records, BAPLIE files)
- systematically identifies cost savings potentials - see this study on IMO.org on fleet operation
Our bulk-equivalent application is eco-hauls - which is available as a free web application.