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Zeeland Refinery adopts CargoDocs for Barges

Electronic Shipping Solutions (ESS) has announced that Zeeland Refinery has adopted CargoDocs for Barges.

CargoDocs offers electronic bills of lading (eB/L) and supporting documents for the Tanker, Barge, Bulker and/or Liner markets. Zeeland Refinery, in Vlissingen (Netherlands), is the first company in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region to go live on CargoDocs for Barges.

ESS says that Zeeland Refinery created a customised interface which allows nominations to be received directly within the company’s mass balance system. This is the first multi-party, electronic interface at a refinery or terminal in the ARA market, it adds, and the first time that loading details have been distributed automatically from a loading terminal to all participants in the trade chain.

Zeeland Refinery’s Ann Veraverbeke, manager Valorisation, said: “The move to eNominations via the CargoDocs process brings Zeeland Refinery a step forward in electronic handling of their logistic processes. After completing a comprehensive test phase, the nominations for export by barges will from now on be processed via the ESS platform interfacing with the refinery’s logistic system.”

Zeeland Refinery is a joint venture between Total and Lukoil. Litasco, which is responsible for Lukoil’s international trading activities, used CargoDocs for electronic barge nominations unilaterally for over 18 months before Zeeland Refinery developed the interface to accept nominations to their refinery IT system.

Ms Veraverbeke said: “The different teams of Litasco Group, Zeeland Refinery and ESS have been working closely together to make this successful. At Zeeland Refinery, we are looking forward to benefiting from the efficiency gains in the electronic nomination and documentation process and thank the project team for their efforts.”

William Harwood, head of operations, Litasco, added: “Litasco is pushing forward electronic solutions in the ARA barge market to modernise the way we do business. Electronic nominations transfer information as data packages, cutting out double input and summary spreadsheets. That enables the company to have live information about a nomination once it has been sent, accepted, rejected or amended.”

“Most importantly for prompt invoicing and cash flow it gives immediate notification of barge loadings, not only for the first receiver, but right down the trade chain.”

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