Seatrade has selected Dutch start-up C sence to monitor its reefer fleet on board of the specialised reefer carrier's six new reefer dedicated container vessels.
C sence, located in the port of Rotterdam, has developed a web-based platform to monitor and analyse reefer containers which also integrates with third-party monitoring devices and booking applications.
“By establishing integrations with our booking systems, we are not only receiving reefer malfunctions," Seatrade stated. "Issues like false temperature settings or not loaded or connected reefers are just as important.”
According to the group, C sence enables Seatrade to turn around the workflow. In the past the crew noticed an issue and in complex cases assistance was needed by reefer specialists ashore, whereas in the new system C sence will evaluate the issue and will send instructions to the vessel instantly.
In doing so, the crew has more time to focus on other tasks and the risk of cargo damage will further decrease.
Seatrade is planning to outfit six other reefer dedicated container vessels with smart technology as well.
“We believe in this technology and this is just a start," said Gerben van Zwieten, global manager container logistics of Seatrade. "We need to keep investing in innovation to stay a premium reefer carrier”.