Hapag-Lloyd was awarded 2017 “Gefahrgut” Innovation Prize

The “Gefahrgut” innovation prize was awarded to the company on May 22 as part of the 27th Munich Dangerous Goods Days

Hapag-Lloyd was awarded 2017 “Gefahrgut” Innovation Prize

The “Cargo Patrol” program helped the company to win the prize: it has detected more than 11,000 incorrectly declared bookings in the last three years and prevented them from being shipped. The system thereby provides more security – not only for the environment, but also for seafarers, vessels and customers’ cargo.

The software ensures a real-time scan of more than 5,000 search terms based on 15,000 rules. The program, which was developed by Hapag-Lloyd, automatically identifies the suspicious bookings. “When, say, hazardous ammonium nitrate is identified as a ‘growth regulator for plants,’ our system recognizes that,” explains Ken Rohlmann, Senior Director Dangerous Goods at Hapag-Lloyd. Moreover, combinations of certain kinds of cargo and countries of origin as well as plainly falsified attached documents are also suspicious.

The IT company IBM will now make the Hapag-Lloyd-developed program available to other market players, as well. There was a high degree of interest in the program on the part of the transport industry.