Russian container terminal operator Global Ports is to implement an AI-powered Berth Optimization Engine from Portchain to optimise berth allocation and allow customers to monitor data on vessel status in real time.
The new system will be used to improve the allocation of berths at First Container Terminal (FCT) and Petrolesport (PLP) in the Greater Ports of St Petersburg.
The software will collect data on the schedule and real time movements of vessels during arrival and handling, including berth allocation and cargo handling. Terminal staff and the Group’s management company will receive updates on current and planned operations at the berths and collect service statistics, allowing resources to be allocated more efficiently and improving the quality of operational decisions.
The company’s customers will also be able to track information about the schedule and real time status of vessels’ arrival and handling at the terminals, including berth number and the start and end of cargo operations.
Implementation of a digital berth plan has already taken place at First Container Terminal, with access for customers expected later this month. Petrolesport terminal will be connected to Portchain in April 2021.
“We continue to improve the standard of customer service and operational efficiency of our terminals. With Portchain we will be able to track berth operations in real time and plan equipment and personnel more precisely,” said Marc Niederer, COO of Global Ports.
“Our customers will have access to vessel handling data, which will allow them to optimise the planning of cargo operations at the terminal as well as further logistics, thereby reducing their costs.”