Latin American shipping companies have publicly criticised the inefficiencies in regional ports and the supply chain in general.
Maximiliano Alcorta, regional operations manager for the west coast of South America at MSC, called on port authorities to be more responsible for what’s going on in their ports and to open communications with every member of the supply chain.
Speaking at the American Association of Port Authorities annual event in Chile, Sergio Maureira, secretary general of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters Association, added to this an appeal for more efficiency and continuity of services at ports, as well as continuity of the supply chain.
Meanwhile, Maersk’s representative at the event said his company was seeking “partners” in the ports and terminals industry. Lars Oestergaard Nielsen, president of Latin America and the Caribbean at Maersk Line: “We could benefit more from the opportunities of digitalisation and using technology better. Together, as an industry, we need to drive technology.”
He went on to urge the port industry to get involved with the Maersk-led blockchain initiative with IBM, known as TradeLens.