Our CEO and Co-Founder Leon is featured in the Europoort Kringen. The article is in Dutch, but there is a short English summary below.
“I am always two or three steps ahead”
Gommans noticed that port calls in harbors are “one big collaboration game”. “I mostly looked at the coordination and how the different players communicated with each other. I saw a huge opportunity in combining the vast amount of public data with communication technology.” This resulted in the founding of Teqplay and what Gommans calls ‘providing actionable insights’. “We deliver information with which our customers in the supply chain can make smarter decisions. Those companies have a lot of information already available. We’re looking for smart ways to combine their information with those of the outside world.”
“We know how to solve business problems with the help of innovation and technology. Customers are companies like terminals, shipping lines, charterers, governments like Havenbedrijf Rotterdam, and of course agents.”
He gives an example of how Teqplay helps its clients. “We support agents with our reporting tool – Port Reporter. We inform all stakeholders about the port call. There is no need for phone calls. Our system monitors and informs when there are relevant changes.” Another one is ‘Vessel Matcher’. “This tool matches a ship with its load. Normally there would be 10 people coordinating this via email. We filter these mails and match the ideal ships with the load requests.” The third tool, ‘Marine Planner’ takes care of the planning of ships for the terminal. The first tool ‘Port Reporter’ is integrated within the ‘Marine Planner’. Gommans explains that “When a ship takes 10 instead of 7 days for its journey, we take that into account for the planning”. Integrating this information gives the companies the control to increase the efficiency of their processes.
“In today’s world we make decisions based on too little information. That’s where Teqplay comes in. People need to make decisions with little time on their hands. Waiting is not an option. And we live in a world of uncertainties. Our aim is to create a data driven decision making process, instead of making 5 out of 10 the right decisions, we help to push the bar 7 out of 10 right, or even more. That’s where I see the future go.”