The Port of Rotterdam and various bunkering parties (VT Group, Unibarge, Titan LNG, FTS Hoftrans and Transnational Blenders) are launching a trial project that allows users to submit bunkering announcements digitally.
To date, parties refuelling in the port of Rotterdam are required to notify the port authority of bunkering operations via VHF.
“In due time, this online procedure is intended to replace the existing announcements via VHF,” it notes.
“The project is the first step towards completely paperless bunkering where the Port Authority is committed to making bunkering more efficient.”
According to the port, there are some 20,000 bunkering operations in Rotterdam every year – equivalent to 20,000 VHF notifications where the details for each of these operations are entered in the various systems by hand.
The online submission of notifications will be able to largely automates these processes, resulting in greater efficiency and less room for human error.
“The latter is very important, since the Port of Rotterdam Authority is one of the few ports in the world to publish bunkering statistics,” it explains.
“In addition, the app features a link to the Customs Administration’s Maritime Single Window – meaning that bunkering parties are only required to submit one bunkering announcement, rather than two.
“This also works a lot more effectively than the existing procedure.”
Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam
Published: 5 July, 2018
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