ION Geophysical has released a new Automated Port Call feature for its Marlin SmartPort application, to support ports and harbours in digitalising their workflows.
The new tool automatically creates port calls using visiting vessels’ positioning system data to provide a complete log of their activities, from vessel approach to port departure. Particularly useful for dealing with high traffic vessels such as crew or supply boats for oil and gas platforms, offshore wind construction, fishing boats or ferries, the software provides an automated method of entering and retrieving port call data with minimal intervention.
Among the early users of the system is Montrose Port in the UK, which is using Marlin SmartPort’s Cloud-based infrastructure to manage operational processes.
“We began the journey towards digitisation in 2019 knowing that we had not yet comprehended all of the workflows that could be digitised,” said Capt. Tom Hutchison, CEO Of the Montrose Port Authority (MPA).
“As the offshore wind market grew around Montrose, tracking the crew transfer vessels servicing the local wind farms became an onerous process. We realised that if we could automate the port call process for high traffic vessels such as these, our port managers could focus on higher priorities.”
“ION has been an excellent partner in helping us digitise workflows that we recognise will further improve our compliance, efficiencies, and overall profitability.”