Enhance data exchange
An IT-platform for data exchange between the port and its customers contributes to enhanced efficiency, reduced costs and increased profits. The objective should be to introduce a common standard in order to solve interoperability problems.
The slot allocation contributes to an increased transparency of the quay operations and simplifies the planning procedures. A slot-management system can work as “door opener” for the implementation of a more complex berth allocation system.
Support shuttle services
Shuttle services contribute to optimise yard capacities by transferring containers or empties to terminals with sufficient capacity. Furthermore, load consolidations are supported in order to avoid port calls.
The pre-stowage based on an advanced data provision can contribute to shorter handling times. Periods with low handling volumes can be used to prepare for peak periods, if the relevant container information are available.
Introduce appointment system
This system enriches the slot-management system by an increased flexibility, transparency and manageability. Basic requirement for a functioning system is the introduction of penalties in case of unannounced delays.
Contributes to increase efficiency by avoiding redundant port calls (less congestion in peak times). As the repositioning is usually done by truck due to smaller lot-sizes, there are negative environmental impacts due to more truck transport.
An approach control system can provide the user with information about movements of ships and can consequently ensure a huge advantage for the logistical planning.
Develop coordinating body
This body comprises a centralized steering of most of the processes. The positive impacts are comparably high, but implementation is challenging. It can work on manual or automated basis with impacts on flexibility and customer-orientation of the system.
Test “Pick-up” services
“Pick-up” services seem to be the smartest way of shuttling between terminals. Major obstacle is the necessary commitment of the barge operators, which seems questionable.
Coordinate port rotations
The coordination of port rotations can be regarded as one of the key instruments to achieve a more efficient infrastructure use.
Develop technical specification
The development of a technical specification is the core procedure when introducing a new IT-platform. Before starting the platform development, all features have to be specified in every detail in order to ensure a successful realization.
Stay open for applications
The opening of the platform for enhanced applications can be seen as a second step in the platform development. If the first step has been successful, there are various possibilities for creating additional efficiency.
Provide real-time data
The real-time provision of data is an adequate means to support a better coordination of the port rotations, but also other port-related activities like pre-stowage etc. Therefore, impacts on the efficiency of all port-related processes can be expected.
Involve relevant stakeholders
The involvement is of strong importance for the acceptance of the project. As the success of the platform is closely related to a strong participation of all stakeholders, it is necessary to involve all parties as early as possible.
Broker transport capacities
The capacity brokerage can be seen as a complementary function of a platform. As questions regarding the market acceptance cannot be answered clearly today, the positive impacts appear to be of minor importance from today’s perspective.
The higher the degree of standardization, the less obstacles for an involvement of the key stakeholders exists.