Applies to: Ports, Terminal Operators
Function: Drayage truck registry
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WCMTOA, a discussion agreement filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in 2004, enables marine terminal operators on the US West Coast to collectively discuss common operational practices and standardize certain processes/programs.
These common programs include the PierPASS Program and Clean Truck Program in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, and the Comprehensive Truck Management Program (CTMP) in Oakland, California. Ten terminal operating companies manage more than 25 container terminals across these port areas. The eModal DTR was selected as a common cloud-based software solution to enable motor carriers to manage their truck fleets, drivers and RFID tags (required for entry).
The project entailed a custom integration between the eModal DTR and WhereNet RFID tag location systems in order to monitor the entry & exit of trucks and enforce compliance with the port-related programs. As trucks enter the gates of most west coast terminals, the truck-mounted RFID tags are read by in-lane WherePort readers in order to grant or deny the trucks access to the terminal (based upon port program compliance). All program compliance and validation is stored in the eModal DTR, available in real time through a TruckerCheck API called during gate operations.
Through eModal, the WCMTOA now has one common, self-service drayage truck database which dramatically simplifies the administration of the motor carrier and drivers. Additionally, the marine terminal operators rely on the customer support provided by eModal to help the drayage community maintain this information and keep all truck-related data up to date. This tool is widely accepted within the trucking community and has been the basis for verification for nearly all major port initiatives on the US west coast.