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With HCN Rail you can pre-notify rail containers and train visits at sea and rail terminals.
Is it possible to only see my Loading or my Discharge containers?
By clicking on 'Loading' or 'Discharge' or the 'Visit voyage ID' (on the right of the screen, see screenshot) you have the possibility to see handlings for loading or discharging only. The filter is activated when the word ‘Loading’ or ‘Discharge’ is highlighted in orange. This filter is will stay activated when navigating through visits and also across sessions. So, if you don't see a container make sure you have selected the right filter.
What does the ‘blue orb’ means in the rotation overview?
This means that the terminal has changed something during a visit. For example, that the visit has been accepted.
The blue orb for a visit disappears (for everyone) when someone presses the ‘Acknowledge update’ button.
For the rotation and visits when viewing a rotation:
When all changed visits are acknowledged, the blue orb for the rotation will also disappear automatically.
What are time table slots?
These are slots in the railway timetable, whereby it is determined in advance at which times of the week a particular rail operator will visit which terminal. These are put in HNC by the terminal and used by the rail operator when they request a visit in HNC.
Which terminal supports which HCN functionality?
View the support per modality below.
|Terminal||Address||Zip code||EAN code||Edifact||XML/SMDG||Status request||Status requests: Continuous updates||Pre-notification||Update pre-notification||Cancel pre-notification||Pre-notification: Continuous updates||Gate-in Gate-out||Empty pre-notification: with booking nr. only||TAR code||Remote Check-In||Remain on Truck||Commercial window information||Cargo opening & closing information|
|APM Terminals Maasvlakte II B.V||Europaweg 910||3199 LC||8713755272258||NLRTM + NLMVII||NLRTMNLMVII||1|
|DCS | Kramer Group||Missouriweg 30||3199 LB||8713755948719||NLRTM + OQEP||NLRTMOQEP||1|
|Euromax Terminal B.V.||Maasvlakteweg 951||3199 LZ||8713755502201||NLRTM + EMX||NLRTMEMX|
|Hutchison Ports Delta II B.V.||Coloradoweg 50||3199 LA||8713755000394||NLRTM + MDT||NLRTMMDT||1|
|Hutchison Ports ECT Delta Terminal B.V.||Europaweg 875||3199 LD||8713755000059||NLRTM + DCD||NLRTMDCD|
|Matrans Rotterdam Terminal||Reeweg 25||3089 KM||8713755234607||NLRTM + MATR||NLRTMMATR|
|R.B.C./Cetem||Westgeulstraat 6||3197 LD||8713755299484||NLRTM + CETA||NLRTMCETA|
|RCT | Kramer Group||Missouriweg 17||3199 LB||8713755278625||NLRTM + KRM||NLRTMKRM||1|
|RST||Reeweg 35||3089 KM||8713755259860||NLRTM + RST||NLRTMRST|
|RWG||Amoerweg 50||3199 KD||8713755270896||NLRTM + RWG||NLRTMRWG||1|
|UWT Depot Frisohaven||Bunschotenweg 160||3089 KC||8713755903541||NLRTM + UWT||NLRTMUWT||1|
|UWT Depot Waalhaven||Waalhaven West Zijde 60||3089 KR||8713755047085||NLRTM + WHT||NLRTMWHT||1|
The filter search field does not work. I cannot find visits or containers
The filter works in several ways. Always make sure you have selected the correct date range.
Do you use the search bar? Use at least 3 characters to find what you are looking for.
How can I move through the input fields quickly and effectively?
To quickly move through the date fields, fill in the first field (in full or in part) and then use tab to jump to the next field.
Date example: the system automatically grabs the complete date of the current month after you enter the day of the month (for example 15) and press tab on the keyboard.
What do the words Detached, Expected, In Operation, Completed mean?
The dashboard offers real-time insight into your handlings in 4 boxes:
Note: Not all terminals send gate-in/out information to MCA Road, in which case you can check the terminal's website for gate in/out information.
Is it possible to cancel a status request?
You can cancel the status request in the MCA web screen. However, no cancellation will be forwarded to the terminal.
On the terminal side, the status request expires as soon as a new status request or prenotification is submitted. Or if the term of the status request expires.
How many characters are permitted in the seal number?
The seal number you enter in your prenotification must always be between two and fifteen positions long. Entering a longer number or only a single full stop or a single space is not permitted.
Where can I find the history (log) of my rotation?
You can view the history within the service. Click on the rotation and then on the ‘history’ tab.
There you will find the event history (a log) like the printscreen below. This shows you all the events that took place on that rotation. By clicking on an event, the rotation is shown as it appeared at that moment in the past.
Note: you can search within the history by using the search function CTRL+F.
Is it possible to view a rotation/visit after it has been cancelled?
Once you have cancelled a rotation or visit, it will no longer be displayed on the HCN Barge and HCN Rail web page.
The terminal will receive a “Cancellation Requested” status update in connection with the cancelled visit/rotation.
As soon as the terminal accepts the cancellation, the visit or rotation will no longer be visible on the terminal web page of HCN Barge / HCN Rail.
Can you use HCN Rail on your smartphone and tablet?
Yes, you can.
Which browsers are supported?
Common browsers including Microsoft Edge are generally supported. The preference for optimum use is Google Chrome. Internet Explorer, the Microsoft predecessor to Edge, is not supported (from October 31, 2021).
How can I set up e-mail notifications for prenotifications and/or visits?
You can subscribe to e-mail notifications for prenotifications and/or visits via the 'Configuration' tab in HCN Road, HCN Barge and HCN Rail.
Please note- if you use a group e-mail address, make sure you only register one colleague for these e-mails in order to avoid multiple identical notifications being delivered.
It is also possible to e-mail container statuses directly from HCN to yourself or an external email address.
What do the figures displayed on the rotation and visit screen mean?
For example, if you see 5/50, this means: 5 handlings are linked to this rotation or visit and 50 containers are notified as the expected number to discharge. As a result, you can see that you can still link multiple handlings to this visit without exceeding the expected number to discharge.
Please note: as soon as the barge goes into operation, actual numbers are shown, for example, 2/40 = 2 containers actually loaded of a total of 40 containers prenotified for loading during this visit.
The numbers after the warning icon indicate how many containers there are issues within the handling status.
Is it possible to use Excel to upload handlings in HCN?
Yes, it is possible to use Excel to upload handlings in HCN Road, HCN Rail and HCN Barge.
Steps to upload Excel sheet in HCN:
I have submitted a prenotification from our planning system. Can I then submit a new prenotification and/or status request?
If you submit a new prenotification with the same combination, the prenotification will be rejected.
A prenotification may occur only once with the combination of:
A status request can be submitted multiple times; however, once is enough to receive ongoing changes to the handling status.
Where can I find the shipping company codes?
You can find the shipping company codes (SCAC codes) within the service HCN. Click on your name at the top right and a drop-down menu will appear. Click on ‘Shipping company list’ to see the last known shipping companies that HCN supports.
What has ECT communicated about the Export Customs document?
Subject: Export Customs document
In the context of the new functionality for handling the Unloading/Loading list in Hinterland Container Notification (MCA), we would like to draw your attention to the following. There is no need to register an export customs document at ECT when the carrier delivers the container at the terminal. To our knowledge, this is different from APMT and RWG.
ECT will report a green status back to MCA for an export container, If everything is in order. Even in the case that there is no export customs document registered. A green status at ECT therefore does not say anything about the presence of this document. If you want to check the presence of the document, you can use the Portbase-MED screen. This information cannot be found via the MCA screen. We strongly recommend you to do this. To prevent that your container is not loaded on the deepsea vessel, because of the absence of an export document.
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Having trouble capturing screenshots with the mouse-over popups or so called tool tips showing?
Use the free tool Gadwin Printscreen.
It is also possible to directly e-mail statuses of selected handlings to an e-mail address.
View the Quick Start Guide under the ‘E-mail Notifications’ tab to see how this works.
Why does it sometimes take so long before I get a response to my prenotification(s) from a terminal?
The speed with which status requests and prenotifications are answered depends on several factors. The sending and processing of status requests and prenotifications involve a series of actions by different parties. Things can sometimes go wrong at various points in that chain. The aim is to keep problems to a minimum.
Port Community System (PCS)
Most prenotifications and status requests from carriers/operators are processed via the Portbase platform and sent to the terminal within seconds.
Nevertheless, sometimes malfunctions do occur, or there may be maintenance to the services. In that case, Portbase will get to work to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. At status.portbase.com you can see the status of the various Portbase services. On that page, you can also subscribe to notifications so that you are always kept up to date. It is reassuring to know that the Portbase (PCS) system has an uptime of 99.8%.
Terminal Operating Systems (TOS)
Most terminals use an EDI connection. After EDI messages are received from Portbase, they must be read out and processed in the terminal system, and finally, a response message needs to be returned to Portbase. Delays may occur in all these steps – especially when demands on processing capacity are at their highest, for example on Friday afternoons. At peak times like this, large volumes of EDI messages are sent and delays can occur.
API links are the future and may represent an improvement in this regard. The first terminals are now working with API links.
Terminals can also unexpectedly run into malfunctions or require maintenance of their systems. In such cases, terminals will work to solve the issue as quickly as possible and will inform their customers and users themselves.
Transport Management Systems (TMS)
Hauliers can make use of a system link between their planning system (TMS) and the Portbase (PCS) system; delays or malfunctions can also occur in these systems.
Ask your software vendor about the options for working with API.
As we have seen, delays can occur at different times and in different steps in the process. Please contact the Portbase Service Desk if you have reason to believe you are experiencing an unusually long delay during prenotification. You can do so by calling +31 (0)88 625 25 25 or by emailing our Customer Service.