CREATING A PITSTOP THAT OPTIMISES THE SEABORNE LIQUID BULK SUPPLY CHAIN
At Port+, we like to look at the port call process of a liquid bulk vessel the same way that Formula One teams approach a pitstop. Very much like in Formula 1, there are a wide variety of parties involved, each of whom must perform their activity on a vessel at the right place and the right time.
Aligning those activities well, which can result in a smooth port call, is only possible if all parties have access to the correct information. In many instances this information does not reach the relevant actor because of various reasons.
Two principal reasons for this is either
- the absence of a contractual relationship
- a conflict of commercial or other interests between different parties involved.
A SHARED PLATFORM
The Liquid Bulk Optimization project endeavors to make this pitstop more efficient by combining data from different sources to provide all actors with all the relevant information needed to draft their planning and perform their activities as efficiently as possible.
This data consists of open data sources, Port+ data sources, machine learning algorithms and data from participating companies.
The combination of these data sources gives participating companies a highly accurate overview of the different activities taking place, increasing the efficiency of their planning and operations.
The benefits of this project extend to the wider port community, including shipping agents, terminals, surveyors, bunker providers and barge operators, the nautical chain, shipowner-operators, charterers and cargo owners.
LESS IS MORE
Less time is spent planning, with less waste in between activities, less costs and less time in port, leading to generating savings for all parties involved.
Optimizing a port call in this way can also mean savings in terms of emissions which can potentially impact the immediate port environment positively where the port call is taking place.
In shipping, optimizing a port call is one of the few exceptional occurrences where all parties have something to potentially gain from an efficiency improvement.
Port+ will now offer such a practical solution to everyone involved in the seaborne liquid bulk supply chain.
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