CargoDocs, by Electronic Shipping Solutions (ESS), used to be available only in the energy and liner segments, and for barges in ARA region (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp). The system entered the bulk market earlier this year, when Cargill used it for a grain shipment between the United States and Mexico.
Now CargoDocs eB/Ls has crossed the Atlantic ocean with Cargill having used the system when it shipped soybeans on a Carras (Hellas) managed vessel from Argentina to Spain.
Cargill says that it has commenced work with BHP Billiton on using eB/Ls for bulk iron ore cargoes from Australia to China. It also wants to expand the use of the electronic bill of lading to the Asia-Pacific markets.
“We are delighted with the progress being made and the roll out so far,” said Ernst Herger, Cargill’s global project manager for eB/Ls.
“The time is right for the implementation of this new technology as it is a win-win for all concerned. Reduced administration and increased efficiencies save time and costs at every step of the supply chain for every participant - from ship owners, to charterers and trading companies.”
“Electronic bills of lading make it easier to manage any changes or splits along the way and also protect the bill of lading from the risk of being lost or misused. We are confident that this is the right solution for the future of the shipping industry.”