Port of Gothenburg develops berth optimisation system with Awake.AI

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The Port of Gothenburg is to launch a new Berth Planner system, developed by the Gothenburg Port Authority in partnership with Finnish company Awake.AI, which will be used to streamline port operations by providing real-time data to in-house berth planning teams as well as various external third parties involved in port calls.

Berth Planner will provide access to relevant updated status information for different actors, including pilots, personnel at the local mooring company, and ships’ agents, allowing all parties to operate with greater accuracy and predictability to make the overall process more efficient.

“Berth Planner is more powerful and more comprehensive than anything that is currently available. Traffic coordinators at Port Control, safety and security coordinators at the Energy Terminal, and the port’s production planners will now have a schematic overview at their disposal,” explained Fredrik Rauer, Traffic Coordinator at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

“It is similar in many ways to a traditional school timetable, where we can see which ships are moored at the different berths. Using the map service, we can choose from a list of time slots for each berth. This allows us to see which vessel is due to moor at a particular berth at a particular time. The positioned vessels at berths that have GPS bollards can be seen on the map.”

At present, the Port Authority receives vessel notifications from agents 24 hours before arrival and determines if the vessel can moor at a particular berth by coordinating with the terminal. However, with multiple vessels potentially overlapping on arrival and departure times the port has to deal with their conflicting demands.

The new software will allow the port to directly allocate a status to a vessel that has already been coordinated with the terminal, allowing users of the system to see which vessels have been confirmed and which are pending.

“With more advanced call scheduling, we anticipate time savings and improved efficiency, not only for our operating personnel but also for the shipping companies,” adds Mr Rauer.

“And with the added bonus that we are taking a further step towards achieving our environmental goal of a 70% reduction in carbon emissions at sea, at the terminal, and on land – all thanks to increased digitalisation and an enhanced information flow. Not to mention improved situational awareness and collaboration between everyone involved.

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