By Christophe Reynaud, Innovation Manager at MGI
Efficient and responsible short-sea shipping
Compared to road transport, short-sea shipping is rightly seen as a responsible and sustainable alternative, especially when integrated into the logistics operations of major shipping companies and ship owners who can build it into highly efficient supply chains.
However, harnessing all it has to offer requires fully optimised information management. The short duration of this kind of transport makes coordinating operations more complicated, which can impact their reliability and efficiency.
Information is key in short-sea shipping
For international short-sea shipping, the same information has to be given repeatedly in different applications and formats. This means that shipping companies and agents have to produce specific procedures for each port, meaning expensive IT investment and extra time.
MGI solutions and DFDS
DFDS came to MGI with an IT migration project to develop a system for integrating processes that meet regulatory and operational performance requirements. DFDS runs two regular routes connecting France with Tunisia from Marseille, and with Turkey from Sète, and MGI operates the CCSs Ci5 and AP+ respectively in these ports. In order to perform its operations, DFDS collects information from agents or their clients directly, and uses various submission methods.
MGI worked with DFDS to come up with a system that reduces the complexity and varied nature of procedures while improving operational efficiency. This involved coming up with a way to optimise procedures, in order to design a completely streamlined solution that could be used on both shipping routes.
Flexibility and complementarity serving customers
A variety of regulations cover these connections between the northern, eastern and southern Mediterranean. This involves interactions with several customs or professional systems which all require different information from data sources outside DFDS processes. The flexibility and complementarity of MGI solutions enabled a harmonised and optimised information management process to be developed using Ci5, M-CUSTOMS and AP+. This procedure can be used regardless of origin or destination, and it allows DFDS teams to integrate safety and security operations into the operational processes performed in the Ci5 and AP+ CCS’s. They also give operational teams responsible for customs operations full visibility over what has been done.
A win-win solution
Once Ci5 has replaced AP+ in Sète, DFDS will have an integrated MCustoms-Ci5 solution giving highly efficient access to Marseille-Fos and Sète port community services. At the same time, this solution will make French Mediterranean ports leading hubs for connecting the Mediterranean to Europe through short-sea shipping. This is a win-win collaboration for businesses and regional stakeholders.