The Gothenburg Port Authority has recently launched a digital solution designed to make bunkering at the Energy Port easier and more efficient, it said on Monday (8 April).
The app is available to all bunkering operators at the port. Instead of reporting manually via email and phone, they submit advance bunkering notification using the app. The app also shows available collection points for loading marine fuel onto bunker vessels.
The app also compiles bunkering statistics, facilitating the work of the Swedish Maritime Administration Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) and other organisations at the port. The idea behind the app is to make it simpler for bunker operators to plan and carry out their work effectively.
In January, a test period began with selected users contributing valuable input in the lead-up to the official rollout last week. The bunkering company Bunker One is one of the participating companies that now uses the app as part of its regular operations.
“Overall, I think the app is already working very well, although the coastguard and VTS notification function needs to be more user-friendly,” said Karolina Skoglund, bunker operator at Bunker One.
“Booking quay space and the quay plan are excellent, giving us better foresight, which in turn helps us in our day-to-day work.”
The app is also of benefit to the Energy Port’s security coordinators, who save valuable time by no longer needing to act as intermediaries between the different parties. As the bunker operators administer quay bookings independently, all that is required is process verification.
“We are confident that using the app will help boost efficiency and maximise the use of our bunker quays. But we would like to point out that it is not our intention to use the app to replace daily contact with our customers, which will continue to be an important part of our relationship,” said Dan-Erik Andersson, Head of Operations at the Energy Port.
The bunkering app is a further key step in the endeavour to enhance digitalisation and automation at the Energy Port.
Photo credit: Gothenburg Port Authority
Published: 9 April, 2019
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