With the acquisition of grant support from the Logistics Innovation for Trade (LIFT) Challenge Fund, in January 2016, Letsema Consulting and Advisory (Pty) Ltd, in partnership with Transnova (Pty) Ltd,will implement a project to establish a Joint Operating Centre (JOC) in Mombasa to manage both road and rail transport of containers between Nairobi and Mombasa. This will further be backed with a Control Tower (an information system) which will house a Logistics Operating Control (LOC) software system backbone that will serve to provide real-time information regarding the sequencing, scheduling, routing, tracking and selection of containers for inbound and outbound logistics for all stakeholders within the container movement supply chain, hence supporting operational and tactical decision making.
The Control Tower will enable shorter lead times for all transport companies by increasing visibility of ocean import/export with associated road/rail freight scheduling while also enhancing the tracing and tracking of cargo which will allow for more informed decision making and will be backed up with sophisticated data analytics and a system de-bottlenecking process. The project will enhance operational efficiencies through integrating all key stakeholders in the supply chain on a strategic, tactical and operational level to operate as one organization by developing a JOC which would improve information transparency, communication and tracking, and tracing of goods along the transport corridor for informed decision making.
The project implementation is structured into 5 milestones:
The Joint Operating Centre concept follows an approach or idea that was implemented on the Maputo Corridor by Letsema Consulting in 2011. It has demonstrated great success there with the integration of port and rail operators across 4 countries acting as one entity.
“The roll out of the JOC concept will be the first of its kind in East Africa and entirely new for Africa in the fact that the proposed JOC in Mombasa will be integrated with a control tower concept which has the tracking, computing and recording capabilities to provide real-time information to the Joint Operating Centre and record all cargo movements. It will improve transport efficiencies on the Northern Corridor of East Africa”
– Nirojan Poovendran – Associate Partner, Letsema Consulting (Pty) Ltd