PortXchange and UAB-online collaborate on tanker/terminal data exchange

PortXchange has announced a new collaboration with UAB-online, a software platform for tanker captains and terminal operators used to optimise marine operations, with the two companies to work together on streamlining communications between tankers and terminals during the arrival process.

PortXchange provides a ship-to-shore planning service that synchronises operations during a port call, allowing terminals to better manage berth capacity utilisation with up-to-date information about vessel departure and arrival times. The collaboration with UAB-online would also allow terminals to effectively coordinate just-in-time arrivals by receiving real-time ETA updates from tankers.

“For many years, the terminal’s approach to scheduling in barges is just a few hours before arrival. Nowadays technology enables them to coordinate this pre-arrival more efficiently,” said Sjoerd de Jager, Managing Director, PortXchange.

“Extending the visibility horizon for barge arrival times up to days instead of hours would allow terminals to optimise their planning even more and save on demurrage for their customer.”

UAB-online is currently improving its platform with the addition of a ‘terminal nomination’ functionality to facilitate real-time ETA exchange, allowing barge masters to report ETAs so that terminals can shorten total port stays by minimising idle times.

“In the standard jetty planning process, there’s always someone waiting. Either the terminal is waiting for the vessel or the other way around,” said Hans Bobeldijk, Managing Director, UAB-Online.

“The collaboration with PortXchange takes streamlining this process to the next level. This means not only operations but also planning can be efficiently aligned between stakeholders.”

The joint system will be available in the ARA (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Antwerp) region by mid-2022, before later being rolled out to the US and Asia markets, the firms said.

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