Simplifying a Dangerous Goods Declaration

In 2018, the maritime accelerator PortXL organized its first Shakedown event, in which Esoptra was selected as 1 of 6 startups to work on technology and data-related challenges within the maritime sector.

We chose to tackle the Dangerous Goods Declaration process.

Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD) for shipping containers is a complex and largely manual process. Traditional automation attempts in the past have failed.

Speed, quality and productivity of communication needed improvement.

The idea is to paste a simple clickable link as a kind of “viral workflow” inside any email or document. That link contains the full context of a DGD filing.

When clicked, a 3-pane display opens and shows the original DGD form on the right, a form on the left (partially pre-filled using OCR and AI techniques), and a Whatsapp-like chat column in the middle where shipper and carrier agent can exchange quick messages within the context of this specific DGD booking, with visible links to specific form fields if useful.

In this way, the total number of emails to close a DGD booking is strongly reduced, and the context switching for the carrier’s customer agents is nearly instantaneous, reducing workload while increasing timeliness and quality.

Faster

From abstract discussion to concrete visual concept in days.

Cheaper

Reduced context switching, email pingpong, inbox searching for admin shipping agents.

Simpler

No modification of existing IT systems & processes; only 1 web link required to keep all info linked to 1 DGD instance in context.

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