Tanger Med Port Authority, Hapag-Lloyd, and Anglo-Eastern Ship Management report that they have completed the world’s first digitally controlled port arrival, with the container ship ‘Kobe Express’, owned by Hapag-Lloyd and managed by Anglo Eastern, docking safely and on-time at Tanger Med in Morocco.
The vessel used the Wärtsilä Navi-Port digital platform to exchange real-time data with the port and align schedules. The system supports the exchange of required time of arrival information digitally with the onboard navigation system, allowing the ship’s speed schedule to be adjusted for a Just-in-Time (JiT) arrival.
The Kobe Express, a Bermuda-flagged container ship with a carrying capacity of 4612 TEU, docked safely at Tanger Med on the Strait of Gibraltar on 25 June in accordance with the digitally-calculated schedule, having sailed in from Cartagena in Colombia.
“Anglo-Eastern has partnered with Wärtsilä to digitalise the operations of the more than 600 vessels in our managed fleet,” said Bjorn Hojgaard, CEO of Anglo-Eastern.
“We anticipate that the Wärtsilä technology will speed the execution and planning of voyages and allow us to better monitor fuel efficiency and engine performance for optimal operations. Congratulations to Capt. Kishor Dinde and his crew, and to everyone else involved in this successful digital docking of the Kobe Express.”
Wärtsilä and Tanger Med Port, the largest Mediterranean and African container port, have already begun jointly developing a new Port Management Information System (PMIS) with PortLink to facilitate JiT ship arrivals and enhance the port’s ship traffic control protocols.
“Tanger Med is committed to providing high-level services to shipowners and international maritime alliances to ensure calls in the best condition. This is an important milestone in our joint project with Wärtsilä,” said Khalid Samir, Harbourmaster at Tanger Med.