Aussie port trials portal integration

Valencia project is model

The Port of Melbourne will trial new technology designed to dramatically increase cargo movement by integrating information from thousands of users into one online system.

EDS has won a 12-month contract with the Victorian Department of Infrastructure to run a pilot programme to prove the initiative is viable.

The programme aims to replicate the success of Spain's Port of Valencia, one of the first in the world to successfully integrate a port's supply chain into a single information portal.

EDS Australia managing director Chris Mitchell says the Port of Valencia has improved the time to process a container by 50-60% in the last five years and provided savings across its port community.

"The Spanish have now moved to commercialise this technology and have linked with EDS to introduce the system to other ports around the world," he says.

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