Top 5 Reasons Marine Equipment Should Be Tracked

Whether you want to monitor shipment delivery times or the location of your marine assets, tracking devices provide the data you need to accurately manage your marine fleet.

  1. Determine Inefficiencies

  2. Tracking dwell times, when a barge or tug crosses a milepost, and when a shipment is entering or leaving a specific port or yard helps point out inefficiencies and delays. Is your fleet constantly getting stuck in a specific area and slowing down operations? Once determined, this bottleneck information can be used to improve operations and efficiency.

  3. Determine Accurate Demurrage/Detention Time

  4. Avoid extra fees caused by overstaying the allotted storage time at shipment delivery. A GPS monitoring device allows you to track your assets 24/7. Real-time data provides heightened visibility for delivery timelines, delay notifications, and preparation for unloading. Shipments are more likely to get from A to B safely without incurring unforeseen delivery costs.

  5. Provide Quality Assurance to Customers

  6. You want to provide a smooth experience for your customers, whether they are leasing equipment or using your company as a shipping provider. Being able to provide detail on the location, estimated arrival time, and general status of their shipment or leased assets will keep them informed at all times. Some systems even deploy user accounts for customers to track assets on their own, thus reducing your workload. This gives customers peace of mind through visibility; an easy way to go above and beyond.

  7. Asset Utilization

  8. Are all assets in the fleet being used properly? Is there a chance to downsize and save hundreds of thousands of dollars? Watching mileage accumulated, dwell reports, and progress charts allows you to manage and track the health of the fleet.

  9. Increase Visibility by Integrating Data into Dispatch Software

  10. Some systems allow integration of existing fleet management software with tracking device data. Integrating carrier, freight, and customer data with GPS tracking data allows dispatchers to see what equipment is being used, what is being shipped, who is towing, and where it is- all with one click. This increased visibility is valuable to an operation with a large inventory of barges and/or multiple shipments per day.