Port of Gothenburg launches digital vessel arrival platform

The Port of Gothenburg has launched its new Digital Port Call platform, to be used to digitalise vessel arrival processes and drive more efficient and sustainable ship calls.

The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in Scandinavia, handling approximately 6,000 ship calls per year. Each arrival involves a range of actors in the port, from the moment a vessel enters the port area until it is berthed.

From the departure of a vessel from its previous port until it arrives at the Port of Gothenburg, large amounts of information need to be communicated between up to 120 different parties who need to be synchronised, including shipping companies, terminals, tugboats, pilots and traffic planners.

“With our Digital Port Call platform, all necessary information can be collected and processed into a common situational awareness that provides data-driven decision support throughout the call process,” explained Fredrik Rauer, Manager Port Control at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

“This provides better predictability and opportunities for more efficient resource planning, while any disruptions can be detected and addressed early.”

The platform also enables Just-In-Time arrivals for vessels, sending a ‘digital queue ticket’ to ships in advance of arrival, so they can avoid rushing into the port area for a favourable slot time and adjust to a more eco-friendly speed so that they can proceed directly to a pre-assigned quay upon arrival.

The Port of Gothenburg says that, based on its calculations, it expects a decrease of 6,000 tons of CO2 emissions in the port area per year thanks to the conditions created by Digital Port Call.

“These numbers don’t even include the reduction that will occur outside the port area due to slow steaming from the previous port,” added Gabriella Ståhle, Production Planner in the Energy Port at the Port of Gothenburg.

“When we add that other port call actors now are able to use their resources more wisely and efficiently in the process, we can conclude that all parties benefit from Digital Port Call.”

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