Feature, Freight News, Road

MCP reaches out to hauliers

[ January 9, 2015   //   ]

MCP, the UK’s leading provider of port community system provider MCP has launched a new module, Destin8 Drive, aimed at the haulage sector. It provides a trucker-centric view of relevant status information, in real time and in one place. MCP general manager, Steve Lamb, explains that the aim was to “draw together all of the functions used by hauliers and combine them into a ‘super screen’.”

The screen itself resembles a clear traffic sheet, with sophisticated filtering options. Consignment status information is displayed using traffic light indicators, depending on whether it as landed, cleared or released to haulage. Status will update automatically during the screen self-refresh. For example, when the carrying vessel arrives, the Landed indicator will change from red to amber. If the data is available, via a link between Destin8 and the terminal’s own system, the estimated time of landing can be checked – and when the consignment lands, the indicator turns green.

Where possible, Destin8 Drive draws and displays vehicle booking system information, again in real time. The import haulier also has the opportunity to apply their company code against the export return, so that the export in-gate notification is sent to them. PIN numbers can be system generated for speed and security, and consignment status information can be sent to a subcontractor’s email address at the click of a button.

From the end of February, all hauliers subscribing to Destin8 will be able to join the pilot, which will continue until the end of 2015.

MCP will be holding two events to introduce Destin8 Drive to the haulier community. At the the Orwell Hotel in Felixstowe on 20 February at 13:00 and at Jury’s Inn, Liverpool on 26 February, at 13.00. Further events will be arranged throughout the year, as the pilot progresses.