Ocean shipping is an integral part of the supply chain for most industries, making it a backbone of global trade. It is estimated that an overwhelming majority of goods, around 80 percent, are transported by ships. For this reason, Tive has made sure to integrate a way to keep track of your shipment's position while at sea for continued visibility.
When creating ocean freight shipments on the Platform, it is crucial to select the correct Carrier along with the Container ID to your desired shipment leg.
This will allow us to extract location coordinates while your shipment is in the ocean, and display it on the Platform. The tracker itself only communicates via cellular towers, so during the vessel portion of the shipment, we will be using the AIS data from the vessel to determine location.
Due to ocean freight being one of the longest methods of transportation, we want to optimize battery life. Configuring the tracker's transmission intervals to 6 hours, with 1-hour measurements will provide an estimated battery life of 105 days on the TT-7000, and around 290 days on the TT-4000 with optional GPS being disabled.
Please note that it is completely normal for the trackers to stop transmitting sensor data such as temperature, humidity, light, etc. while on the ocean. This data will continue to be collected by the tracker and will be available on the Platform once the tracker regains connectivity to cellular towers at the port.