The Virtual Container Yard: A complimentary tool to optimize consolidation in shipping


Unlike in other ship types, the container ships cannot offer their services without containers and the shipping space become ineffective. Therefore, containers and slots are complimentary and indispensable service component in liner container shipping. The virtual container yard (VCY) is a modern concept and an effective CIM solution that underpins the collaboration between carriers. Carriers already have common platforms to interchange slots thus it is just one fine step away from implementing the similar strategy for containers. It is, through these findings, expected to change the carriers’ myopic view about the container interchange. The actual container statistics in Sri Lanka was extracted from the industry as the source of input for the study. The paper reveals that the VCY could reduce the inventory management cost by 19 percent. Carriers opted to interchange the container slots in cellular ships more than three decades ago. This paved the way for strong collaboration between carriers and provided many financial advantages. It helped in securing economic advantages through scale of economies in highly completive shipping industry. This paper provides empirical evidences of the financial savings of container interchange under different container sizes and types.

Nov 29, 2018
How to Cite
EDIRISINGHE, Lalith. The Virtual Container Yard: A complimentary tool to optimize consolidation in shipping. Journal of Sustainable Development of Transport and Logistics, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 74-81, nov. 2018. ISSN 2520-2979. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 sep. 2019. doi: