The crisis among the major container carriers, in a combination of massive overcapacity and ships that are getting bigger and bigger, has boosted the small, Copenhagen-based software and consulting company Ange Optimization, which has been developing large scale optimization solutions for the container industry since 2005. Most recently, Dubai-based carrier United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has shown interest in Ange's placement program for containers.
"The container business is an industry where it's extremely difficult for carriers to raise the prices or keep the prices up, but it's also an industry with many aspects that can be improved upon in relation to processes and IT. But if a carrier can suddenly save 10 percent, for instance, on operating expenses, then that leaves many percentages on which to compete, if one can increase the utilization rates," says the company's founder and CEO, Nicolas Guilbert.
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