PortXchange, the Netherlands-based port call optimisation platform that originated at the Port of Rotterdam before being established as an independent company in 2019, is to expand access to its Shiptracker system to improve schedule predictability to port authorities across the globe.
Shiptracker aims to allow port communities to work with more reliable estimated times of arrival (ETAs) by calculating vessel movement predictions up to three weeks in advance, making it easier for shippers, cargo owners, and other parties involved in a port call to plan the allocation of their resources efficiently.
The software also allows users to select a destination port, which then generates an automated port call vessel list. All vessels with ETA predictions sailing to that specific port are highlighted on a live map.
Shiptracker was first implemented in the Port of Rotterdam, where it has been live for three years, but will now be made available to other ports through the creation of a ‘community license’ subscription for port authorities to embed the Shiptracker map into their own proprietary websites.
This will allow those port authorities to provide free access to ETAs directly to their stakeholder community and allow them to integrate their own planning processes into the system.
PortXchange notes that it also aims to support CO2 emissions reduction in the maritime industry by adding a carbon emissions report for each vessel to Shiptracker.
“Around 30% of global shipping gets delayed, and it’s a real challenge for everyone involved in logistics to plan their operations because of that. With Shiptracker, we wanted to improve visibility and make vessel arrival times more predictable so that every party who depends on this information can access it to optimise their business,” said Robbert Engels, PortXchange’s Director of Product.