Amid COVID-19 pandemic and the negative impacts that has brought within the shipping community, it is of vital importance that supply chain remain stable. Following the lockdown of production sites or warehouses, several containers cannot be collected, leading to demurrage and detention fees to be paid by the ocean carriers.
In light of the above, the maritime logistics company, Dockflow released a demurrage & detention monitoring platform to boost container operations continuity.
Through the platform, shippers will upload a container list and Dockflow will give a live overview of all containers that are stuck in demurrage and detention. The demurrage & detention tool can be freely accessed by all ship operators.
The feature was already in development. After the coronavirus epidemic started, however, we got word from our user community that they were being hit by fees up to 40,000 USD for a reefer container in some cases. We offer this service for free so forwarders have a live overview of their cargo status. This is our way of supporting the community in these challenging times.
…said Troy Muyshondt from Dockflow.
Overall, Maritime consultancy, Drewry recently launched a hub in order to provide research and data to the shipping industry throughout the current pandemic crisis. At the same time, the health brand of insurance conglomerate Allianz Partners partnered with maritime health technology provider Tritan Software to provide medical services to seafarers onboard commercial ships and cruise liners.