Drastically reducing container loss. That is the core target of the revolutionary GBMS SaaS Warning System. JR Shipping was and is closely involved in the development. On December 15, 2022 the shipping company and GBMS signed an agreement for the installation of the system on two container feeder vessels: MV OOCL Rauma and MV Ensemble. “A fantastic system!”, claims Robert-Jean Dupuis, director ship management at JR Shipping in Harlingen.

In addition to Robert-Jean, Michiel Gunsing and Joris Brouwer signed the collaboration contract. The maritime engineers devised the system and decided to set up GBMS for the further development of smart data systems that help make international shipping more efficient, safer, and greener.

From idea to smart shipping software

Michiel and Joris from GBMS managed to arouse the interest of JR Shipping during an international shipping fair. A few years ago, already. There was only an idea back then. GBMS was looking for partners to convert the idea into a concrete product and to further develop and test it in a realistic environment.

JR Shipping saw the value of the emerging software system and linked GBMS to the crew of MV OOCL Rauma. On board and in close collaboration with the crew, the idea turned into the ‘fantastic system’, as Robert-Jean of JR Shipping calls it. The software monitors the motion of the containers and the effect of the forces exerted on them at sea. This is done based on data from the loading plan and the existing BAPLIE files.

Real-time monitoring

If anything deviates from the norm, the system issues a warning, so that the crew can immediately see what is going on and intervene. This significantly reduces the risk of containers being lost. At sea, the GBMS Warning System provides real-time information. The system can also be deployed in advance, in the port. With the aim of optimizing charging plans.

Various terminals in Rotterdam are showing serious interest in the system. Fellow shipping companies are closely following the concrete steps that JR Shipping is now taking. At the beginning of 2023, MV OOCL Rauma and container vessels MV Ensemble will sail with the GBMS system. The rest of the JR Shipping container fleet is in line to retrieve the system over the year.

Profit for the environment and sustainability goals

Robert-Jean Dupuis explains the importance of the development as follows. “In percentage terms, the number of containers lost during international shipping movements is negligible. But there are still 2000 per year and the impact on the environment is often dramatic.”

“GBMS software drastically reduces the risk of such environmental disasters. In addition, optimizing load plans contributes to more efficient fuel consumption. Given the need to make shipping more sustainable, this is also a major benefit. As a Dutch shipping company, we are proud to play an active role in this development.”

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