ANALYSIS OF CARGO TRACKING SYSTEMS (A FOCUS ON NIGERIAN SEAPORTS)

AUTHOR: OMOKE, VICTOR (MSc)

DEPARTMENT: Transport Management Technology

AFFILIATION: Federal University of Technology Owerri

 

 The need for prompt retrieval of cargo locations, cargo time attributes and other relevant information has necessitated
the introduction of a computerized system. Analysis of Cargo Tracking System therefore attempted to examine the weakness of the manual and other tracking approaches, and at the end presented a computer based system that integrated the desirable features of standard tracking systems. The tracking application was designed to track cargoes in the major port’s locations like container terminals, stacking areas transit sheds, and warehouses. The inclusion of cargo location analysis and cargo time analysis offers enhancement to the software. The design was done with pseudo-codes and developed in Visual Basic. Net, and supported by a dynamic data base. The findings of the analysis show that the introduction of the system is a sure way of enhancing cargo clearance, preventing cargo congestion and excessive documentation. The information provided by the system offers a lot of savings to both the ports authority and the operators. There will be drastic reduction in the number of port clerks as well as enhancement in cargo claims. The number of port operators moving around the port at any time will be reduced, since they can
automatically track the position of their cargoes, without physically searching for them. Hence, the terminals will be decongested for optimal  operation of the cargo handling equipment. It will also go a long way in reducing terminal accidents. However, investment would be required in procurement of hardware.

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