Algeciras Bay Port Authority begins vessel arrival optimisation pilot

Algeciras Bay Port Authority (APBA), Safetytech Accelerator and Awake.AI are to work together on a Proof of Concept (PoC) project using technology to streamline vessel arrivals at the port and create a subsequent reduction in emissions.

The initiative will integrate Awake.AI’s ETA Prediction API system into APBA port operations, to analyse how the provision of precise Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) predictions as vessels announce their approach to the Port of Algeciras could support Just-in-Time arrivals, optimise port call planning and improve overall operational efficiency.

“This collaboration we are initiating is aligned with our strategic objectives of developing an open innovation port ecosystem that enables the introduction of competitive advantages to the Port of Algeciras, accelerates innovation results and ultimately deploys high value-added solutions for our customers and users,” said Jesús Medina, Chief Information and Innovation Officer at Algeciras Bay Port Authority.

“In particular, we expect to obtain an AI-based tool for supporting decision-making at the planning level, capable of delivering real-time situational awareness and predictability for vessel arrivals.”

Awake.AI was a participant in Waypoint, Safetytech Accelerator’s maritime acceleration programme, specifically in its fourth round focused on solving challenges within nearshore operations, such as minimising human error, reducing turnaround time and preventing accidents.

“As we embark on this journey with APBA and Awake.AI under the Waypoint Programme, we are addressing a key challenge in nearshore operations,” said Nadia Echchihab, Head of Innovation programs, Safetytech Accelerator.

“This collaboration not only underscores our commitment to fostering technological advancements that optimise port operations but also aligns with our dedication to environmental sustainability in the maritime industry. I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot which is paving the way for more efficient and sustainable practices in our industry.”

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