Seaports Magazine - Fall 2015 - (Page 10)

ยป COVER FEATURE BIG DATA, BIG POSSIBILITIES Metrics and key indicators can help a port improve its performance, if used in a meaningful way By Kathy A. Smith T he job of determining what data and key performance indicators ports need to track and monitor is an ever-evolving one. One size does not fit all as performance measures are assessed based on a variety of factors - operations, facilities and geography, just to name a few. However, metrics are now playing a much larger role in the business of shipping, particularly as customer - and government - expectations are changing. "There is a real substantial lack of transfer of information between what is really a very highly-siloed supply chain," said Mike Christensen, senior executive lead for supply chain optimization for the Port of Long Beach. "Particularly siloed information related to inbound vessels. Also information related to the utilization of shifts and gate hours." Earlier this year, the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach created a Supply Chain Optimization Program after the Federal Maritime Commission agreed to allow the two ports to cooperate on finding new ways to prevent congestion and cargo delays, among other initiatives. "We've seen tremendous value in opening up the lines of communication and going beyond the contractual lines that have been established," said Christensen. The Supply Chain Optimization Program has two working groups that include beneficial cargo owners, steamship lines, several marine terminal operators, railroad representatives, chassis pool operators and several licenced motor carriers that do drayage work. The Peak Season 2015 group has been charged with developing solutions that could be immediately implemented during the peak season. The second working group is concentrating on specific container terminal issues. Container ships at Pier A at Port of Long Beach. 10 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2015

AAPA Headquarters
From the President's Desk
Big Data, Big Possibilities
Greenlight on Green Metrics
An Eye on Data
Trusting Third-Party Data
Data in Latin America
Washington Zeroes in on Port Performance
Improving and Expanding Our Nation's Seaports
Navigating the Waves of Transportation Data
Big, Bad Big Data
Data Strategies to Avoid Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind
Leveraging Regional Freight Data to Improve Port Connectivity and Boost Trade

Seaports Magazine - Fall 2015