XVELA, creator of the world’s first cloud-based vessel stowage and collaboration platform for ocean carriers and terminal operators, and Hapag-Lloyd, one of the world’s largest liner shipping companies, have entered into a pilot program to carry out the first real-world trials of the XVELA platform. Hapag-Lloyd is the first ocean carrier to sign on for the pilot program of XVELA’s next-generation solution, underscoring the company’s long-standing commitment to innovation.
The XVELA platform allows carriers and terminals to work together to improve visibility and increase efficiency throughout the vessel stowage planning and execution process. The pilot program provides Hapag-Lloyd the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of XVELA’s cloud-based collaboration and real time information-sharing solution.
“Hapag-Lloyd is one of the most innovative carriers in the industry, so it is no surprise that they are the first to step up to take part in our global pilot program, and we are pleased to have them on board,” said Christopher Mazza, vice president and chief customer officer, XVELA. “As an ocean carrier, Hapag-Lloyd understands that collaboration with terminals is essential to improving their operational efficiency and effectively managing their stowage planning and execution, and we are looking forward to demonstrating the value of the XVELA platform to that end in this pilot program.”
The scope of XVELA’s pilot program is enhanced visibility of stowage planning-related information and better connectivity between ocean carriers and terminal operators, with the tangible goals of increased operating efficiency and improved vessel turnaround times – two goals both carriers and terminal operators can agree are vital to ongoing success in the current business environment.
“The more transparency there is throughout the transport chain, the more efficiently everyone involved can make plans for and employ their assets and resources. We anticipate that this new software will give us important operative advantages. Cloud-based solutions such as XVELA can provide us with real-time data, making it possible for us to considerably improve the exchange of information with terminals,” said Jörn Springer, head of Hapag-Lloyd’s Fleet Support Center. “So we’re excited about the pilot test and the advantages it can open up to us.”
XVELA’S global pilot program will also enable participating ocean carriers and terminal operators to collaborate with XVELA to provide feedback on the platform and weigh in on new functionality and features as they are being developed.
“By engaging directly with the end users of XVELA, we gain valuable feedback that will allow us to create the best solution possible, and the users gain a voice in the ongoing development of a new technology,” said Mazza. “This is not the traditional way software has been developed in this industry, but at XVELA, we believe it’s a better way. Having this two-way communication with our customers is vital to developing a solution that will not only be embraced by both ocean carriers and terminal operators, but will also catalyze a much-needed shift in the way the two work together.”