Barcelona, May 18th, 2021.- PORTIC, the port community system of the Barcelona Port Community has announced that it is now integrating data with TradeLens, the blockchain-enabled digital logistics platform jointly developed by A.P. Moller-Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM). This integration means the exchange of information in real time to allow a greater detail about the operations that take place on Barcelona Port contributing to a more transparency on the logistic change.
Last year, nearly 3 million containers were moved in the Port of Barcelona. Many of the 500 companies that are part of the Port Community of Barcelona work with the Portic system, which telematically manages more than 31 million document exchanges per year. From the integration announced today, POR-TIC and TradeLens services are fed back, offering a better quality of information in real time, with data such as the actual departure or arrival of the ship at the port of origin or destination, among others. This exchange of information means greater digitalization, transparency and security in operations, making it possible to make more accurate forecasts and thus offer a better service to customers.
The integration process between the PORTIC platform and TradeLens has been quick and easy thanks to the technical communication solution and the technical staff of both companies, who have extensive knowledge of the business. PORTIC is the first and only PCS in Spain to be integrated with the TradaLens platform, consolidating the strategy of the Port of Barcelona and its Port Community to continue advancing as a smartport.
PORTIC Barcelona and TradeLens have developed an alliance where both entities benefit by exchanging information in an authorized way by the shipping companies.
"With this alliance, both companies complement each other's services, providing them with more information and incorporating new filters on the information that result in the quality of the data. The technological model used allows immediate communication of events and occurrences in the transport chain, which is a differential aspect with other integration models already existing in the PCS of the Port Community of Barcelona.," says Javier Gallardo, director of PORTIC.
TradeLens has been jointly developed by Maersk and IBM as an open and collaborative industry platform built on blockchain technology. The platform promotes an efficient, transparent and secure information exchange to foster greater collaboration and trust throughout the entire global supply chain.
Launched in 2018, the TradeLens ecosystem now includes direct integrations with more than 300 organizations – extending to more than 10 ocean carriers and encompassing data from more than 600 ports and terminals. Already it has tracked over 35 million container shipments, close to 2 billion events and roughly 16 million published documents. Specifically in Spain, the ports of Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao and Algeciras, the shipping company Boluda Lines and now the logistics company Grupo Carreras are already part of TradeLens.