Monday, October 29, 2012

Container Logistics IT Solution Triumphs at Freight Awards

Berkshire Company Beats Larger Opponents to the Title
Shipping News Feature

UK – MJC², a Berkshire software house based in Crowthorne, has won an award for IT Innovation at the Containerisation International awards ceremony in London on October18th. Up against multinational, multi-billion pound organisations, the company won the award for its work in the field of container logistics planning and recently collaborated with the Spanish offices of freight liner operator China Shipping to come up with a port operations solution that would both save costs and cut pollution. Julian Stephens, Technical Development Manager at MJC² said:

“One of the most pressing objectives for governments and commercial organisations is the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and congestion on roads. We hope that by winning this high-profile award we will be able to encourage more companies to apply this technology to address a very important issue.”

The award winning solution brings together several extremely challenging container logistics planning problems: resource scheduling (i.e. vehicle/driver/equipment planning), container re-use (minimising wasted empty movements), movement scheduling (minimising congestion) and inventory optimisation (stocking of empty containers). This has required the development of ground-breaking optimisation techniques that can cope with the enormous complexity presented by a container logistics operation and is now being employed throughout the Chinese carrier’s Spanish facilities.

The award was presented to MJC² by the BBC's Gavin Esler at the event which was attended by 300 of the container industry's leading figures. MJC²'s software automatically optimises the multimodal container logistics operation, encouraging the use of green modes such as ship, rail or barge while synchronising the planning of truck and port movements, this results in cost savings of 10% or more, plus a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and congestion on roads.