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TOTE begins container tracking and monitoring project

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico has agreed a deal with ORBCOMM for the provision of its GSM-based VesselConnect solution to remotely manage TOTE Maritime’s fleet of smart refrigerated containers at sea.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}TOTE Maritime is already using ORBCOMM’s telematics solution to monitor and control its refrigerated container fleet transporting temperature-sensitive, high-value goods such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and candy on land. The addition of VesselConnect will extend this connectivity to the seas, providing TOTE Maritime with visibility and control of its assets from point of origin to destination.

ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect allows TOTE Maritime to receive data from its containers, including reefer status, temperature and slot location, while on the vessel or on shore through any internet-connected device. TOTE Maritime can also use it to adjust reefer set points and conduct pre-trip inspections on board.

In addition, the VesselConnect system provides the temperature monitoring capabilities and records needed for compliance with the US FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act regulatory requirements.

If an alarm occurs on one of the containers it will be automatically displayed on the VesselConnect console, and an engineer can be sent to check and resolve any issues. The system also identifies non-performing equipment, so shore-based staff can be alerted that repairs are needed, thereby reducing time out of service.

“By deploying ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect solution, we have access to comprehensive, real-time information about our refrigerated sea containers that enables us to not only maximise the safety and efficiency of our supply chain operations, but also better serve our customers,” said Jim Wagstaff, VP of operations, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico.

“We are proud to be the first inline shipping company in North America to adopt this cutting-edge technology, which demonstrates our leadership, flexibility and commitment to continue improving our service levels and meeting the industry’s evolving requirements.”

TOTE Maritime says it expects to complete deployment of VesselConnect in late Q2 2017.

“As shipping lines move to the increased use of GPS and GSM-enabled containers, they need to fill the traceability gap on vessels at sea, and ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect solution provides end-to-end visibility of refrigerated container operations,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s CEO.

“We look forward to helping TOTE Maritime realise the bottom-line benefits of its investment in ORBCOMM’s advanced telematics system, including reduced cargo damage, lower operating costs, better regulatory compliance, and most importantly, enhanced customer service.”{/mprestriction}

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