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Rotterdam port’s new application reduces bunker waiting times

20 Apr 2018

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched the first version of its digital application Pronto which aims to improve the efficiency for some 30,000 vessels that call on Rotterdam every year.

The application allows ships visiting the port to cut their waiting time by an average of 20% by enabling more effective utilisation of capacity at the port terminals.

It can be used for the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning.

Additionally, Pronto directly contributes to the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the port due to lesser time being spent at facilities.

“Pronto is a good example of how the Port Authority uses new digital solutions to raise the efficiency of processes in the port,” says Port Authority CFO Paul Smits.

“Pronto was extensively tested over the past year during the development phase. We will now be making it available to members of the port community – either in exchange for data or for a fee.

“In the period ahead, we will be further developing the application and adding a number of new features. We expect more and more terminals in the port to start using Pronto, which in turn will increase the accuracy of the data it generates.”

A pilot was launched in 2017 to test out Pronto, in which Shell was one of participants.

“The pilot convinced us of the added value of Pronto. We have reduced the waiting time up to 20% for departing ships,” said Ed Barsingerhorn, GM Shipping & Maritime, Europe & Africa from Shell.

“It is essential that all parties involved in the process, including terminal and agent, work closely together and share relevant data.

“When we exchange time stamp data not only in Rotterdam but also between ports, the improvement potential increases significantly. Ships can sail optimally laden and arrive just-in-time through better planning.”

Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam Authority
Published: 20 April, 2018

 

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