Port of Rotterdam launches port call optimisation company

ROTTERDAM: August 08, 2019. The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Shell International Trading & Shipping and A.P. Møller-Maersk have launched the PortXchange Products company to market the port’s Pronto smart platform.

PortXchange aims to improve the efficiency of port calls and help customers reduce their emissions – both in the port as well as between ports – via a joint platform for use by shipping companies, agents, terminals and port authorities to plan, execute and monitor all activities during a port call based on the exchange of standardised data.

In addition, Pronto enables just-in-time sailing, which helps reduce carbon emissions, says the port.

“By making our application available to ports across the world we can optimise the potential of digital solutions,” declared Port of Rotterdam CEO Allard Castelein. “The more ports use smart solutions, the more valuable these become. The establishment of a separate company for Pronto’s global roll out is an excellent example of this approach,” he added.

Grahaeme Henderson, Shell Shipping & Maritime vice president commented: “We are moving towards a global, end-to-end digitally connected operating environment for shipping, as in the airline industry. For example, at Shell, our onshore digital centre is able to analyse 500 data points a second in real time from each ship we manage.

“In partnering on Pronto, we can see opportunities to extend this work to optimising port operations. The results of our trials so far have already shown the great benefits in increased efficiency, reduced fuel and operating costs, and lower emissions.”

Head of Operations Execution at A.P. Moller-Maersk Kent Stig Hagbarth said his company sees significant need and opportunity to improve the collaboration, communication, and single data usage amongst port participants for optimized sailing and port calls for vessels.

“The aim of the Pronto platform, to enable just-in-time arrival and optimise the port stay of our vessels, not only enables us to increase schedule reliability to the benefit of our customers but also to achieve our goal of reducing our CO2 emissions,” he explained.

Pictured: Dockwise heavy lift vessel Black Marlin is due to arrive at the Port of Rotterdam on August 12 with 18 Concordia Damen inland shipping vessel hulls and a Damen crane barge 6324. The hulls, constructed in China, will be towed to local yards for outfitting. The crane barge will be delivered to the Damen Shipyards at Gorinchem.